Fate of 4 bills cleared by LA hangs in balance
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Fate of 4 bills cleared by LA hangs in balance

The fate of four crucial bills, cleared in the state legislature during the previous PDP-BJP rule in Jammu and Kashmir, is hanging in balance for the past seven months.

The fate of four crucial bills, cleared in the state legislature during the previous PDP-BJP rule in Jammu and Kashmir, is hanging in balance for the past seven months.

Details available with Greater Kashmir reveal that 21 bills were passed by the state legislature during the last budget session in Jammu in January-February this year.

Among these, four bills—including the one seeking reservation for poorest of the poor—are yet to take the legal shape, an official told Greater Kashmir.

The other three bills include reservation for Pahari-speaking people, setting-up the Law University and granting statutory recognition to the state higher education council (SHEC), he said.

He said that these bills were submitted to the Raj Bhavan for its assent after the culmination of the assembly session. "But the previous governor NN Vohra raised some queries related to their legality and other aspects," the official disclosed.

"The clarifications sought by Raj Bhavan on bills related to Law University and SHEC are still awaited," he said.

According to the official, the fate of these bills now depends upon the incumbent governor Satya Pal Malik's stand.

Among these bills, the Bill seeking reservation for the "poorest of poor" was described as one of the "main achievements" by the previous government.

"The main target of this initiative will be the weaker sections of the society. It is a historical moment for people living below the poverty line," the then social welfare minister SajjadGani Lone, who had mooted the legislation, had said after the Bill was passed.

The previous dispensation had also taken out the bill extending reservation benefits to Pahari-speaking people from the cold storage and resubmitted it to the former Governor for approval. The Bill was first passed by the state legislature in 2014 during the National Conference-Congress regime and then submitted to the Governor, who had returned it to the House conveying his disapproval to reservation on the basis of language.

The proposal for establishing the Law University was mooted by the previous dispensation in 2015, days after the government was formed. But the Bill was passed in the last budget session, but soon hit a roadblock after Vohra raised queries.

Apart from these Bills, the previous government had also come up with a legislation giving statutory recognition to the state higher education council. This Bill also faced queries from Raj Bhavan.

"We have prepared the reply and sent it to the Law department for its examination," an official in the higher education department told Greater Kashmir.

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