Srinagar, Oct 9: The J&K Government Tuesday said it will take up the issue of bill regarding setting up of three universities especially the Transworld Muslim University (TMU) with the chairman Legislative Council Amrit Malhotra.
The government response came after the issue was raised by PDP legislator Javaid Mustafa Mir. "The bill regarding TMU was passed in the Lower House and sent to the Upper House. But there is no clue where the bill has gone," Mir said and sought Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone's intervention in locating the bill.
Taking note of Mir's concern, the Speaker said the TMU bill was passed in the Assembly and sent to Upper House. "There it was referred to the Joint Select Committee (JSC)," Lone said. He said the bill seems to have "lost somewhere" as the JSC has failed to meet and decide the fate of the bill.
He said it remains to be seen whether the bill should be deemed as present in the House. "I will take up the issue with the Upper House and find out where the bill is," Lone said. PDP legislator Nizamudin Bhat said the bill has not died.
Another PDP member AR Veeri said it was not just the TMU bill but two more bills were pending including those on Sheikh-ul-Alam University and Guru Nanak University.
Speaking on the occasion, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ali Muhammad Sagar said he will take up the issue with the Legislative Council chairman Amrit Malhotra and inform the lower house accordingly.