Assembly speaker yet to decide on fate of 14 bills

SRINAGAR: Speaker Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta has not approved for discussion any of the 14 bills submitted by various legislators, including the three seeking the abrogation of a Dogra-era law banning slaughter of bovines.
Assembly under secretary Mohammad Qayoom Mir told Kashmir Reader the bills were moved by 12 legislators before the start of the weeklong assembly session, but the speaker is yet to take a decision on their fate.
“We have submitted the file of bills before him about a week ago but so far he has not allowed them to be entertained for discussion. We were expecting a decision by Saturday but he did not. However he can allow them on any day before October 8 when the bills are scheduled to be discussed,” Mir said.
“It is not mandatory to decide about their fate before the start of an assembly session because all of them are private member bills,” Mir added.
Among the 14 bills, the three moved by Awami Etehad Party, National Conference and Communist Party of India (Marxist), related to the beef ban law, are the ones expected to generate a heated debate if put to a debate.
The other bills are public man and public security bill, right to information bill, JK artisans’ social security bill, amendment in state fisheries act bill, land revenue amendment bill, land acquisition amendment bill, land law bill, reservation for below poverty line children in private schools bill, reservation amendment bill and better management, governance and administration of Mata Ringla, Devi and Chountra Mata ji shrine bill.
Speaker Gupta has thrice changed his stand on the controversial beef bills. Initially, he had said he won’t allow a discussion on the beef bills. Later he said he would allow discussion on beef bills. However, on Saturday, he said he would take a call on the bills only after the Supreme Court gives its ruling.
The state government moved the apex court after Kashmir and Jammu benches of the high court gave seemingly contradictory rulings on beef ban issue.
Gupta told Kashmir Reader, “The decision on which bill to allow for discussion will be taken after October 5. We are currently scrutinizing them.”