The government’s decision comes amid the problems it is facing in acquiring land for the high-profile Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train and the ongoing farmers’ protest in Bhavnagar district against a state power utility’s bid to possess the land it had acquired around 20 years ago.
“Water is going to play a major role in all human and development-related activities in the coming years. In order to regulate the water management sector, the government has decided to establish Gujarat Water Regulatory Authority,” reads the February 14, 2012 government notification.
In January last year, a woman from Mumbai filed a complaint of gangrape at Naliya police station in Abdasa taluka of Gujarat’s Kutch district. Police lodged an FIR two days later, and booked 10 individuals for allegedly gangraping her for more than a year beginning August 2015.
Quoting the figures of Commissioner of Geology & Mining, the CAG states that the number of cases of illegal mining detected in Gujarat has increased every year, from 3,760 in 2011-12 to 7,622 in 2015-16.
According to the data shared by Rural Development Minister Bachubhai, in Gujarat, more than 31.46 lakh families live below poverty line (BPL) and that number has increased by 18,932 in the last two years. Banaskantha district has the highest number of BPL families — 2,36,492.
Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani said, “Under the Gujarat Assembly rules, a member of the Assembly cannot be suspended for more than the session. Sub Section 2 of Section 52 is quite clear... I have brought this to the Speaker’s attention."