UP assembly to pass UPCOCA bill for second time tomorrow

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Lucknow, Dec 3(UNI) The Uttar Pradesh legislative Assembly would meet here tomorrow to pass five bills, including the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA), for the second time after the state legislatative council refused to pass it.

The UPCOCA has been designed on the lines of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), 1999, giving additional powers to the state to curb organised crime.

Earlier, the Upper House had rejected these bills and referred it to the select committee which forced the Mayawati governemnt to convene a brief session of the assembly tomorrow.

According to principal Secretary (Assembly) R P Pandey the sitting of the House would be of one day but if required then the business advisory committee of the House can extend it for another day.

UPCOCA and other bills were passed on November 5 by a voice vote. However, in the Legislative Council, where the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is in minority, the bills could not be passed due to strong opposition from tHE Samajwadi Party. The bills were sent to the Legislative Council's select committee for consideration on November 6. The select committee was to submit its recommendations within one month.

As per the rule, the bill will again be tabled in the Assembly and passed. After that, it will be sent to the Governor for approval. The select committee, which till date has held two meetings, has not yet taken any decision on the bills. The committee plans to meet on November 28 to decide UPCOCA's fate.

The other bills, which are likely to be passed in the Assembly are UP Panchayati Raj Amendment Bill, UP Bhim Rao Ambedkar Parivartan Sthal Bill, UP Public Services (SC/ST/OBC) Reservation Bill and UP Co-operative Societies third Amendment Bill.

While introducing the Bill on October 31, Chief Minister Mayawati had said the proposed legislation would primarily deal with contract killers, kidnappers, gun-totting contractors, hawala traders, enemies of economic structure, fake drug traffickers and liquor Mafiosi.

The state assembly, which commenced on October 30, was adjourned sine die on November 6.


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