The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) scored a victory over the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) Thursday when it succeeded in sending two bills to a select committee of the House. These bills include Uttar Pradesh Gautam Buddha University (Amendment) Bill 2013 and Uttar Pradesh Krishi Utpadan Mandi (Amendment) 2013.
The first bill provides for reducing the tenure of vice-chancellor from 5 years to three years. It also provides the maximum age for the appointment of the V-C be 65 years and the chancellor be empowered to remove the V-C in certain cases.
The Uttar Pradesh Krishi Utpadan Mandi (Amendment) 2013 provides exemption from mandi charges or reduction in rate of mandi charges for new industrial units,including those agricultural processing setting up their plants and machinery worth Rs 5 crore in the state. The exemption will be for five years.
Both bills replace ordinances issued in the inter-session period. The UP Legislative Assembly has already passed both bills. The select committee will have one month to submit its reports. Chairman of the Legislative Council Ganesh Shankar Pandey said names of members of the select committees would be announced later.
Leader of Opposition Naseemuddin Siddiqui proposed to refer both the bills to a select committee. He said Uttar Pradesh Gautam Buddha University (Amendment) Bill,2013 should be amended because its lacks clarity about the need of reduction of tenure of the vice-chancellor.