Governor Ram Naik on Friday gave his assent to two crucial bills passed by the Uttar Pradesh legislature —- the first to provide lifetime government accommodation to former chief ministers of the state, and the other to give a steep hike in the salaries as well as allowances of all sitting MLAs.
“The Governor Ram Naik has given his assent to the Uttar Pradesh State Legislature (Members’ Emoluments and Pension Amendment) Bill, 2016 and Uttar Pradesh Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions Amendment) Bill, 2016, and two other bills,” a Raj Bhavan release said.
The state government had brought the UP Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions Amendment) Bill, 2016 days after the Supreme Court, on August 1, ordered six former chief ministers to vacate their government-allotted bungalows in Lucknow.
It sought to provide for allotting government accommodation to former chief ministers of the state.
“A government residence shall be allotted to a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, at his/her request, for his/her life time, on payment of such rent as may be determined from time of time by the Estate department,” the bill states.
The Uttar Pradesh State Legislature (Members’ Emoluments and Pension) (Amendment) Bill, 2016, seek to increase the emoluments, pension and salary of the sitting MLAs.
Apart from this, the Governor also gave his assent to The Allotment of Houses Under Control of The Estate Department, Bill 2016, which seeks to regulate the allotment of different types of houses and time period of allotment to journalists, gazetted officials and officials of judicial services.
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The bill also proposes for allotment to journalists for two years, with yearly renewal, and to trusts for a maximum period of five years with renewal for another five years.
The Governor also approved Uttar Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Areas (Amendment) Bill 2016, which seeks to tax the goods purchased through websites or e-commerce in the local area.