Saturday, November 22, 2014

Three Bills for two-day Assembly

The first day of the two-day long Assembly session of the Sikkim legislative Assembly on Friday saw the introduction of three new Bills. Speaker KN Rai announced that discussions and voting on all the three Bills will be taken up by the house on Saturday.
The first Bill to be introduced in the SLA today was the Sikkim Agricultural, Horticultural Input and Livestock Feed Regulatory Bill, Bill No.10 of 2014 by the concerned Minister, Somnath Poudyal. The statements of objects and reasons of the proposed bill reads that the state government has found it expedient to regulate the import, sale, distribution and use of inorganic agricultural, horticultural inputs and livestock feed to prevent risk to human beings or animals and environment to make the State of Sikkim environmentally cleaner as part of Government’s policy to make the state of Sikkim an Organic State. In view of the state legislature not being in session, an Ordinance was promulgated by the Governor vide Notification No 01/LD/ ORD/ 14 dated 21.10.2014. However, the ordinance is required to be replaced by legislation later.
Similarly, the Chief Minister, also the Minister in charge of Land Revenue and Disaster management department moved the Sikkim Determination of Lease Bill, Bill No. 11 of 2014. The statements of object and reasons states that the state government has considered it expedient that there is a requirement or necessity to determine the period of lease or terminate or cancel the lease executed between the State government or its undertaking and a company or any other person or entity claiming through or under it in public interest if the land which was taken on lease has remained unutilized for the purpose for which it was taken and the implementation of the project on the land taken on lease is or was part of a litigation for non-implementation of the project for which land was taken on lease, notwithstanding any contained to the contrary, in the lease deed.
The third and final Bill to be introduced in the house today was the Sikkim Anatomy Bill, Bill No.12 of 2014 by the concerned Minister, AK Ghatani. The statements of object and reasons state that the state government has deemed it expedient to enact the legislation with a view to provide for the supply of unclaimed bodies of deceased person to hospital, medical and teaching institutions. At present, Cadavers are being brought from outside the State with such difficulties. The enactment of this legislation will help teaching of medical students and will save on the State Exchequer.

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