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Bill on city civic body referred to joint select committee

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The bill aimed at formulating

independent legislation for the working of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and also extends the tenure of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for five years, which was tabled in the Assembly on Tuesday, was referred to the joint select committee.

The assembly also passed several bills including the budget, supplementary estimates, appropriation bill among others, before it was adjourned sine die by Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri.

Soon after the passage of the finance bill, as Revenue Minister R Ashoka on behalf of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa tabled the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Bill, 2020 and moved it for the consideration of House, several ruling BJP members opposed it, stating that they need to study it in detail.

Pointing out that most of them had not even got the copy of the bill and opposition Congress and JD(S) members too were not present in the House, BJP MLAs said "we need to take the opinion of opposition members too on this important bill, so the bill be referred to joint select committee."

The Congress on Tuesday boycotted the session accusing government of not heeding the oppositions views and tabling and passingthe bills, despite its reservations.

The JD(S) too walked out as the Chair did not agree to the partys demand of allowing them to raise an issue before Chief Minister's reply on the budget.

The Speaker said he has received letter from several Congress legislators asking the bill to be referred to the committee.

Ashoka and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy then said the government was fine with the bill being referred to joint select committee.

"We are open minded on this."

Following this the Speaker announced that the bill will be referred to the joint select committee.

The bill in its statement of objectives and reasons states that Bengaluru, which is a major centre of economic activity with a large and growing population with 714 sqkm area is under the jurisdiction of BBMP, which has been established and governed under the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976.

It stated that the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act is inadequate in administrative and structural matters to govern Bengaluru as it provides limited flexibility and is a common legislation catering to nine smaller municipal corporations.

It said there is an urgent need to formulate an independent legislation for the working of BBMP for the purpose of improving decentralization, integration of public participation at various levels of municipal governance and ensuring effective decision making by municipal authorities.

Among various things, the bill proposes for Mayor and Deputy Mayor to hold office for a period of five years, increasing it from current one-year.

The Karnataka Gram Swaraj and Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2020 aimed at reducing the term of the offices of presidents and vice-presidents of gram panchayats, taluk panchayats, and zilla panchayats from five years to 30 months, was also passed by the assembly.

Also passed was Karnataka Regulation of Stone Crushers(Amendment) Bill, 2020,among others.

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First Published: Tue, March 24 2020. 21:24 IST