Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Constitutional Amendment among 4 bills introduced

The Private Member's Bill to provide for establishment of a residential Islamic University, Science and Technology that will offer education in various subjects with emphasis on the teaching of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, popularly known as Shah-e-Hamdan (RA), a renowned Islamic scholar and preacher was introduced in State Assembly during the second sitting of the House today.

The Bill was tabled by NC MLA and former Minister, Ch. Mohammed Ramzan and after Minister of Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Rural Development, Ali Mohmmed Sagar said that the Government has no objection in its introduction the Bill was deemed introduced in the House.

The purpose of establishing such a University is to offer education in various subjects with emphasis on the teachings of Shah-e-Hamdan, the member said.

In addition to it other two bills tabled by Ramzan were also introduced. However three Bills of PDP's Nizam-ud-Din Bhat were defeated when put to vote while the member withdrew his Bill on Amendment to J&K Panchayat Raj Act since Government agreed to make the Panchayat law comprehensive. Out of two bills of NPP MLA Harsh Dev Singh one on Panchayat Raj Act was withdrawn by the MLA while his second Bill on inclusion of Word Secular in the preamble of J&K Constitution was introduced in the House.

NC's MLA Mir Saifullah also withdrew his all four Bills on the assurance of Government though he tried his hard that Bill to amend J&K Brick Kiln Act be introduced in the House.

The other two Bills of Choudhary Ramzan which were introduced in the House included, the Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Code of Criminal Procedure, Samvat 1989 and Bill to provide protection against sexual harassment of women at work places and for the prevention and redressal of complaints of sexual harassment and for matters connected therewith or incidental there to.

However the Private Member Bill of NPP's Harsh Dev Singh to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Raj Act was withdrawn by the member after the assurance of the Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Rural Development, Ali Mohammed Sagar, that the Government will try to over come the shortcomings as it is committed to empowerment of Panchayats in the State. The Panchayat elections were held after a gap of 34 years and hence it will take some time in overcoming the shortcomings, the Minister added . He also assured the member that the Government is considering to provide honorarium to Sarpanches and Panches.

Singh stressed that members of Panchayat Adalats be constituted on rational basis.

However Singh's ``The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill 2011'' was introduced in the House after the Government showed no objections in its introduction. The Bill is aimed at making an amendment in J&K Constitution by inclusion of word secular in its preamble. The Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammed Sagar said that Government has no objection in its introduction.

Nizam-ud-Din Bhat's Bill to make it obligatory on private Educational Institutions to provide reservation to children of BPL families was defeated in the House after put to vote. The Bill was opposed by Minister of Culture and Tourism, Rigzin Zora.

His other bills regarding Amendments in J&K Constitution to strengthening the Section 144, which gives a separate Flag to the State and downsizing of Ministry were defeated after put to vote. The MLA said ``the separate State Flag is not in rivalry with National Flag, which is supreme for us, but there are some sentiments attached to State Flag so New Delhi should not misunderstand the people of the State and State Flag be given its due place'', he added.

Strongly arguing for downsizing of Ministry and doing away with the deputy ministers in State Constitution which calls for three tier Ministry, Bhat said the same has become of no use as the deputy ministers concept has been given up completely now. Likewise the large size of ministry was a burden on exchequer as it is not quantity but quality, which matters, he added.

The N C MLA Mir Saifullah withdrew his Bill on Jammu and Kashmir State Planning Commission Act 2011 after Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather informed the House that Chief Minister has given categorical assurance in this regard already.

The MLA also withdrew his Bill to amend J&K Protection of Human Rights Act, 1997, Constitution of District Developmental Boards by making them statutory bodies on the assurance of Mr Sagar.

He also withdrew his other two bills one pertaining to Amend the J&K Brick Kiln Act and Another to amend the J&K Consumer protection Act on the request of Minister of Consumer Affairs and CAPD, Qamar Ali Akhoon.

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