Thursday, July 30, 2009

Important Bills...

BANGALORE, Jul 29: the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes (Amendment) Bill, 2009, to include the act of terrorism as organized crimes and to provide deterrent punishment of death or imprisonment for life and fine of Rs. 10 lakh for committing an offence.

Minister for Home V S Acharya, who explained objectives of the Bill, said the Bill was introduced to amend the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act, 2000. It envisages the attachment of property of the accused pending investigation; and increase the period for filling the charge sheet from 180 days to 365 days, he said.

Stamp Bill :The Assembly also passed the Karnataka Stamp (second amendment) Bill, 2009, to reduce the stamp duty on sale transactions of all kinds of immovable properties, including agricultural lands, from 7.5 per cent to six per cent. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa announced this proposal in the 2009-10 budget. The Bill was aimed to replace the ordinance promulgated by the Governor, Minister for Revenue G Karunakara Reddy said.

The House also passed the Karnataka Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug-Offenders, Gamblers, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Slum-Grabbers (Amendment) Bill, 2009; the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2009; and the Karnataka Essential Services Maintenance Bill, 2009.

Dr. Acharya said the Karnataka Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug-Offenders, Gamblers, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Slum-Grabbers (Amendment) Bill, 2009, provided for detention of persons who are engaged in any of the activities as a video or video pirate habitually for commercial gain, which affect adversely the maintenance of public order in relation of cinematograph film.

The Minister said the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2009, was introduced following the directions by the Supreme Court. It was aimed to check unauthorised occupation of government premises by government employees. There are instances where the government employees continued to stay in government premises after the service of notices served upon them to vacate the same, he said.

Dr. Acharya said the Karnataka Essential Services Maintenance Bill, 2009, was considered necessary to prohibit refusal to work in certain essential services connected with production, generation, storage, transmission, supply or distribution of water or electricity, transport services for the carriage of passengers or goods by motor vehicles or employment. (Daiji)
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Vivek V Kamath said...

Very good legislations!!

U missed to mention water harvesting bill I think.

Vivek V Kamath said...

All the developmental activities
and laws are welcome.

But I(common ppl in general) have one suggestion/greviance regarding public bus transport....

It appears that cost of petrol(sales tax) and transport(Bus ticket) is highest in karnataka

In many states like TN,Delhi,Kerala etc ; cost of travelling 10km is about Rs 5, where as here(for example BMTC)min fare is RS 9 even though we r travelling 2-3kms.This is leading to tips to conductor and making public transport costlier vis-a-vis private transport.

I often hear ppl cursing the Govt. nowadays while travelling by bus.
It is giving the impression that inflation is creation of state Govt.

I suggest that the fare be modelled on, per no.of stops(Min RS 2 upto kms then +1 after that)and daily pass must be restored to RS 25.
Also migration to CNG would be better option.

If these measures r implemented it will reduce ticketless travel(Tips) and also reduce traffic congestion(By making public transport cheaper).

I wish that u take up the matter with R.Ashok and CM so that it would bring good name/compliments to our BJP Govt.

Vivek V Kamath said...

It appears that confusing/conflicting statements by ministers about power crisis now and then is creating bad impression about the Govt.

I have a suggestion regarding power problem ....

As water harvesting has been made compulsory,we can also work towards making roof-top solar power generation and storage compulsory.

Yesterday(Aug 3rd) there was an article in TOI,Bengaluru edition about solar and wind energy utilisation and Bob Hoekstra(former CEO of Philips it seems)and his ideas may be considered/utilised.

It appears that solar power industry is worth $10billion in germany.

So if this technology is implemented here, it would be a gaint step towards renewable energy utilisation,micro-power generation and also would clip the wings of anti-development opponents(Like uttara kannada instigation of agitation).Why give chance to opponents?

I suggest that a renewable energy utilisation and development authority be set up and some renowned person like Mr. Hoekstra be made chairman towards achieving the desired long term vision.

Blogger said...

Dear Vivek
It is indeed a good idea to think of alternative sources of energy, especially Green Energy. But for a developing country it may not be practicable in terms of logistics and expenditure involved.
At times it is impossible to satisfy all the special interest groups as well: In the state of California, when windfarms were installed green lobbyists got them removed- citing a reason of "birds hitting the wind power units and dying"!
At the moment cheapest form of power for India seems to be Hydro Power...very same source of power antagonized by lobbies promoting alternative energy! If the relocation/rehabilitation is looked after well, there seems to be not alternative to Hydro Power, in terms of cost effectiveness combined with safety.