14 bills for one day not justified: Lone

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 29: Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone today endorsed demand of some of the MLAs in the Assembly that listing and passing of 14 bills on a single day of Government business on April 4 was not justified.
He was responding to NPP MLA Harshdev Singh and PDP legislator Nizam-ud-Din Bhat’s concern that prime task of the legislators was to make legislation and it wouldn’t be fit to debate and pass 14 bills in just one day.
“The House is called the Legislative Assembly. Our prime task is to make legislation. What kind of justification the legislators would do if the Government asked them to debate and pass 14 bills in one day’’? Harshdev Singh asked.
Nizam-ud-Din Bhat was also of the similar views.
Asserting that he too was of the opinion that more time should be kept for making legislations, the Speaker asked Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather to share concern of the MLAs and come out with the Government response on feelings of the MLAs tomorrow.
Mr Rather without giving a categoric assurance for extending the budget session, which was scheduled to conclude on April 4 (the last day of Government business when 14 bills have been listed for passing) said if some bills were left the House can be extended on that days for one or two sittings.
“There was no problem in extending sittings but a decision can be taken on that day only’’, Mr Rather said.
Nizam-ud-Din Bhat said it would create an uncertainty among the legislators as to whether the bills would be passed on one day or the session would be extended unless the Government first announced more days for passing the bills.
The Speaker asked Mr Rather to take up the matter with his colleagues and take a decision. He said there was no harm if the session was extended for one day.

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