Gujarat government presented three Bills before the Assembly Wednesday. Two bills out of the three were passed by the Assembly. The three Bills are Gujarat Land Revenue (Amend-ment) Bill, The Gujarat Stamp (Amendment) Bill and The Guja-rat Electricity Duty (Amendm-ent) Bill.
The Gujarat Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill has amended certain provisions of the Gujarat Land Revenue Code, 1879 by introducing multi-purpose Non-Agriculture use permission. Under the provisions of the Code, the land owner is required to follow laid down procedure if he wishes to use his land from one non-agriculture purpose to another non-agriculture purpose. “It has been experienced that at present whenever the occupant wishes to change the purpose, he is required to undergo the same procedure as provided…and as a result of which the occupant faces many difficulties as also much delay is caused in obtaining permission for the use of land for another agriculture purpose,” says the Objects statement of the Bill.
The Bill will permit use of non-agriculture land into more than one different non-agricultural purposes. The Bill was passed with majority in the House amid allegations by opposition Congress against the Bill calling it an attempt by the state government to facilitate only real estate interests. The other Bill which was presented and subsequently passed in the Assembly by majority members is Gujarat Electricity (Amendment) Bill which proposes to amend a provision of Gujarat Electricity Duty Bill.
Under the present provision of the Act, duty is exempted for electricity generated by solar, wind or biomass energy. “However, it has been found that the energy is generated not only through the non-conventional or the renewable sources like solar, wind or bio-mass energy, but energy is now generated through other non-conventional and renewable sources like hydel energy, waste-to-energy, geo-thermal energy, etc.”
The Bill proposes to expand the scope of the non-conventional and renewable energy sources to exempt them from paying electricity duty.
The third Bill is related to Gujarat Stamp Act. Under the provisions of the Act, every order passed by Gujarat High Court under the provisions of Section 394 of the Companies Act related to reconstruction or amalgamation of companies is required to be stamped on the next working day.
“However, since the order of the HC is not available on the very day on which such order is passed…it takes some time for obtaining the copy of the order…, it is difficult for the companies to adhere the time limit for getting the order…stamped and therefore they become liable to pay the penalty,” says the Bill, which proposes to extend the time limit to 30 days from the date of receipt of the order of the HC. It is expected to be taken up for discussion and passage Thursday.