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K'taka Council rejects BDA Amendment Bill

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, Apr 6 (UNI) The Bangalore Development Authority (Second Amendment) Bill, 2005, seeking to empower BDA to implement the hitech city layout, was today rejected 20-10 by the Karnataka Legislative Council.

The Bill, which was passed by the State Assembly earlier, was piloted by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Horatti in the Upper House. The Opposition, which was in a majority, pressed for division after the voice vote.

The Bill was an one-time measure to enable the BDA to take up projects other than formation of house sites.

The persistent Opposition also forced the Government to withhold an amendment Bill, seeking to extend the provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act, which had lapsed in 2004. The Assembly had approved the Bill, while in the Upper House, the Congress had stalled its passage stating it was a ''draconian'' legislation which curbed the right to strike.

The House, after a lengthy discussion, passed the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fee) Bill, 2006, after Higher Education Minister and Leader of the House D H Shankaramurthy gave an assurance to hold a meeting before April 20 regarding inclusion of some amendments in the Bill as demanded by Leader of the Opposition H K Patil.

Mr Shankaramurthy said the government was ready to come up with an ordinance, if necessary, to protect the interests of students.


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