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Lokayukta, transfer Bills for select panel

29 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

DEHRADUN: The Assembly today passed the vote-on-account for Rs 16,048.7 crore without any cut and referred the Lokayukta Bill and the Uttarakhand Government Employees Transfer Bill to the Select Committee after the Congress objected to the Bills tabled yesterday.

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Neena Sharma

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, March 28

The Assembly today passed the vote-on-account for Rs 16,048.7 crore without any cut and referred the Lokayukta Bill and the Uttarakhand Government Employees Transfer Bill to the Select Committee after the Congress objected to the Bills tabled yesterday.

Piloting the two Bills, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Pant reiterated his government’s commitment to bring politicians and bureaucrats heading high offices under the ambit of the Lokayukta and also framing a fair transfer policy for the greater benefit of the employees

However, Leader of the Opposition Indira Hridayesh cautioned the government on the transfer policy suggesting that the government send it to the Select Committee for examination for one month.

“We need to be flexible and provide facilities to employees as the delivery system depends on them. Acting tough, we also need to protect the rights of the employees. The Act does not address the issue of employees approaching retirement and their demands to be posted in their home district, or of women employees in their 50s who do not want be transferred,” said Indira.

The contention was put forward by Congress MLA Pritam Singh, “We need to closely look at the definition of remote and accessible areas, the Act has categorised Gopeshwar and Dehradun as accessible which is out of place,” he said.

The Leader of the Opposition refused to take back the suggestion after which the Speaker of the House Prem Chand Aggarwal recommended that the Bill should be examined by a committee for one month.

Similarly, lending its weight in support of the Lokayukta Act, Indira first recommended that the Bill should be examined by the Select Committee but later withdrew the suggestion. But, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister went ahead and recommended that the Lokayukta Bill should also be also examined before the Select Committee to be constituted by the Speaker.

Later, speaking with mediapersons, Prakash Pant said, “The Bills will be examined by members of the Assembly to remove lacunaes in the Act. We have also included certain amendments brought by the Congress government to the Lokayukta Act,” he said.


House adjourned

Dehradun, March 28

The  first session of the newly-constituted fourth Assembly was adjourned indefinitely today by Speaker Prem Chand Aggarwal.

During the four-day session, three Bills  that were reintroduced after the Governor Dr KK Paul had raised objections were passed, while two Bills were referred to the Select Committee.

During the last day of the   session today, vote-on-account was also passed and discussion on the Governor’s address to legislators was also held.

Earlier, before the passage of the vote-of account, Speaker Prem Chand Aggarwal rejected the Congress MLA Qazi Mohammed Nizammudin’s suggestion that the vote-on account should be passed after bringing the cut motion.

On the issue, Parliamentary Aaffairs Minister Prakash Pant said the vote-on account was being brought by the government to meet its day-to-day needs. — TNS

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