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Himachal Assembly Session: CM Sukhu introduces bill to repeal 13 obsolete laws

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Wednesday introduced a bill seeking to repeal 13 laws that have outlived their utility. The enactments which have “lost their significance or have become obsolete and redundant” or whose retention as “separate, independent and distinct act” is unnecessary are proposed to be repealed, Sukhu said. The new legislation is called the Himachal Pradesh Repealing Bill-2023.

The acts proposed to be repealed include the Presidency Small Cause Courts Act, 1882; Agriculturists Loans Act, 1884; Provincial Small Cause Courts Act, 1887; Mandi Minor Forest Produce Exploitation and Export Act, 1997 and 1941. The Chamba Minor Forest Produce Exploitation and Export Act, 2003 and Punjab Tobacco Vend Fees (Repealing) Act, 1953 are also proposed to be repealed.

The Himachal Pradesh Private Forest Act, 1954; the Punjab Labor Welfare Fund Act, 1965; Punjab Professions, Trades, Callings and Employment Taxation (Himachal Pradesh Repealing) Act, 1968; HP Preservation of Forests and Maintenance of Supplies of Forest Based Essential Commodities Act, 1984 will also be repealed.

Assembly adopts resolution urging Govt to declare calamity a national disaster

The Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution by voice vote urging the Centre to declare the recent calamity caused by heavy rains in the state a national disaster.

The resolution also sought a special relief package of Rs 12,000 crore from the Union government.

Replying to the government resolution in the assembly, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that in view of massive landslides and huge damage to roads, power projects and private as well as public properties, among others, the calamity should be declared a national disaster.

Despite request, the BJP did not support the resolution and this day would go down as black day in the history of Himachal for the BJP, Sukhu said.

The BJP indulged in politics rather than working in the interest of the people even in the wake of the worst calamity, the CM later told reporters.

Leader of the Opposition Jai Ram Thakur said that his party had no objection in unanimously passing the resolution but the state government should have mentioned the assistance given by the Centre and asked for more relief.

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The resuslts of examinations conducted by the erstwhile Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPSSC) whose papers were not leaked and sold would be declared within three months, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said in the Assembly on Wednesday.

Leak of question papers of 14 examinations conducted by the commission has been confirmed and 65 people have been arrested, he said, replying to a question on unemployment in the state during the Question Hour. Investigations into these leaks are in progress, he said.

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Refuting the allegation of the opposition that the government was cheating the youth in the name of employment, Sukhu retorted that question papers were leaked and sold during the erstwhile BJP government, but the present government scrapped the commission after cases of leak and selling of papers surfaced.

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