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Bill to save advisers from disqualification passed


Bill to save advisers from disqualification passed

Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7

The Vidhan Sabha today passed the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2019, and the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes (Amendment) Bill, 2019 amid heated discussion. The Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions (Amendment) Bill too was cleared.

The Aam Aadmi Party, led by Leader of Opposition Harpal Cheema, staged a walkout over the prevention of disqualification Bill, saying that if the government had limited resources, then it should not appoint its MLAs as advisers and give them perks.

Cheema asked the government that whether it was justified in giving special perks to advisers when its many election promises remained unfulfilled. LIP MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains, too, opposed the move.

Newly appointed adviser Amrinder Singh Raja Warring said he would not take any benefits of the post.

Attacking AAP, Warring said all its MLAs had taken government vehicles and police security. “During its term, the Akali government spent more than Rs 1.21 crore on helicopter rides. On the other hand, the two LIP MLAs have claimed Rs 34 lakh as medical reimbursement. I have never claimed any reimbursement, and only take my salary.”

Even as the Bains brothers rose to their feet and exchanged barbs with Congress MLAs, another newly appointed adviser Kuljit Singh Nagra said unlike other MLAs, he was still paying his own income tax.

Prior to this, AAP and Akali Dal MLAs opposed the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to raise the retirement age of the panel’s chairman from 70 to 72 years. The step is being taken to ensure that retired IAS officer Tejinder Kaur continues to remain its head.

Opposition leaders said it was unfair that rules were being bent for retired babus.

Supporting the Bill, Minister for Social Justice Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said it was a well-thought out decision to avail her services. The Bill was later passed.

When the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions (Amendment) Bill was presented by Minister Vijay Inder Singla, MLAs cutting across the party lines, expressed apprehensions regarding provisions allowing increase in fee in private institutes. The Bill was passed after deliberations.


Bid to regularise illegal appointments: SAD 

  • The SAD said the manner in which the government had tried to regularise the appointment of advisers by amending Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, was not legally tenable.

  • Former minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said an earlier attempt to regularise the appointment of chief parliamentary secretaries had been rejected by the courts. 

Congress, LIP in war of words

Even after the session was adjourned sine die, Congress and LIP leaders continued to trade barbs over a Congress leader’s charge of LIP MLAs claiming huge medical reimbursements

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