Gov refuses to sign Raj Varsity Teachers Bill

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Jaipur, Apr 18: In another jolt to Vasundhara Raje Government, Governor Shilendra Kumar Singh has refused to sign the Rajasthan Universities Teachers(Regularization) Bill 2008 passed by the Rajasthan Assembly last month.

The Governor told mediapersons at a public function last evening that he was in favour of enactment of the Bill but did not find it appropriate to sign the same in present form in view of some shortcoming.

Mr Singh said, ''I have noted that the committee to be constituted under the Act for regularization of the universities' teachers would not have representatives of the Governor and the Faculty Dean, therefore, I have asked the state government to review the Bill and add the names of the two representatives.'' The Bill passed in the Rajasthan Assembly by a voice vote on March 19 is to pave way for regularization of services of at least 325 teachers in different universities in the State. Of these, around 280 teachers are to be regularized in Rajasthan University at Jaipur alone.

During the discussion on the Bill in the House some Congress members had moved amendment for addition of names of Faculty Dean and the Governor's representatives, but the amendment proposal was rejected.

This is not the first instance when Governor Singh has expressed his views against the working of the Raje Government since he assumed the charge in the Raj Bhawan here in September last year. Earlier, the Governor had publicly expressed his unhappiness and disagreement over passage of the controversial anti-conversion Bill-Rajasthan Dharma Swatantraya Bill 2008-in the State Assembly last month.

He had made public statements twice over the issue and said he did expect the state government to withdraw the Bill, which is now pending before him for his consent.

During his visit to the bordering districts earlier this month, he had also made adverse observations over the reported sale of lands in sensitive bordering areas in the State and held that some lacunae and irregularities were there in the argescale sale of lands there.

Prior to this, Mr Singh had also taken cognizance of the controversy over "deaths due to supply of alleged contaminated water in some walled city areas of Jaipur" a few months ago.

The Governor had also summoned the officials in the Raj Bhawan to seek first-hand feedback in the matter.


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