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Govt plans to table eleven Bills in winter session

Top on the list is the controversial anti-superstition Bill to convert the ordinance into law.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | December 8, 2013 3:47:38 am

The state government has decided to bring 11 Bills,including the controversial anti-superstition Bill,in the winter session commencing from December 9 in Nagpur.

Days after the killing of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in August this year,the state government had introduced an ordinance banning and penalising black magic and other superstitious practices,which will lapse if the Bill is not passed by the legislature within six months.

Also in the list is a Bill proposing constitution of a sugarcane board. Following the cabinet decision last week,the government is keen on tabling the Maharashtra Sugar (Purchase & Supply) Bill 2013.

State’s Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Harshvardhan Patil said,“We have 11 Bills listed. But we will have to formalise the agenda to find out how and when we can introduce them in the two-week session.”

“The government’s priorities are to get the Eradication of Blind Faith and Superstition Act in place in this session. The government will hold discussions with all political parties to pave way for its passage.”

The Shiv Sena and BJP are not very convinced with the present draft of the Bill and want some corrections.

Senior Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote said,“The government should refer the Bill to an all-party committee in the House for further study. We will not allow its passage without adequate corrections.”

“There are serious apprehensions raised by the members of the Warkari community. We cannot allow any Act to hurt the sentiments of any community,” he added.

However,Patil said the government was committed to the Bill’s passage. “We will bring changes,if any,through discussions and consensus,” he said.

Minister Harshvardhan Patil said there were three other Bills needing amendments that were discussed in the Legislative Council but not passed in state Assembly.

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