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RS passes Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Amendment Bill

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) The Rajya Sabha today passed the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2006.

The Bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.

Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni put up the Bill for amendment in the Upper House and for further consideration and passing to enable the Trust to fill the three vacant posts due to the deaths of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Kichlu and Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad.

She said the Jallianwala Bagh incident had taken place on April 13, 1919 and a Trust has been set up to maintain the freedom movement site and to honour those who had sacrificed their lives for the Indian freedom from the British Rule.

Ms Soni said basic feelings have been retained and the accounts of the Trust will be audited by the CAG and details will be tabled in both the Houses of Parliament.

She suggested that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be appointed Chairperson of the Trust and other two members should comprise of Culture Minister and a leader of the Opposition to fill the vacant seats.

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