JK Assembly passes bill to make prevention of corruption ‘more strict’

Jammu: The Legislative Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday passed six bills including one to make prevention of corruption ‘more strict’ in the State.

The bill regarding “amendment in the Prevention of Corruption Act, Samvat 2006” was passed by the House with voice vote after a brief discussion. The bill was initially introduced in the House by Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah, on behalf of the Chief Minister.

A official statement by government mentioned that the Bill provides for prevention of corruption and bribery in the State. “The legislation is aimed to make the said Act more stringent and to bring within its ambit some more offenses which were not being covered by existing enactment”, the statement read.

The House passed five more bills including a bill which provides for the acquisition of the right of user in land for lying of gas pipelines and other underground public utilities in the State and for the matters connected therewith. The bill was initially introduced by the revenue minister, Ajaz Ahmad Khan, and was passed after a brief discussion.

Another bill, that pertains to the amendment of Jammu and Kashmir Representation of the People Act, 1957, and State Ranbir Penal Code, Samvat 1989, was passed by the house with an amendment after a brief discussion. The Bill was introduced by Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah.

“The Bill seeks to incorporate the amendments made in the Central Law, particularly the provisions relating to the appointment of Observers, priority for candidates of recognized political parties in the Ballot papers, exclusion of expenditure incurred by the leaders of political parties on account of travel from election expanses of the candidates, restrictions on publication of exit polls etc.”, an official statement mentioned.

Another bill, which relates to make certain temporary provisions for the local areas of Jammu, Katra and Srinagar and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto was moved by the Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Nawang Rigzin Jora. The House passed the Bill with voice vote.

Bill which pertains to the amendment of Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1978 was moved by the Minister for Law Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah on behalf of Minister for Forests, Environment & Ecology. The broader objectives of the Amendment Bill is to maintain a balance between forest conservation and social commitment and allowing extraction and  trade of the medicinal plants other than those listed in the Schedule-VI of the Act. The Bill was passed by the House with voice vote.

Another bill, which pertains to establishment of Ombudsman for the Panchayat for the purpose of investigating charges of corruption or mal-administration in Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state, was moved by the Minister for Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah. The House passed the Bill with voice vote.