Wetland amendment Bill to Subject Committee

Thiruvananthapuram: The Assembly referred the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland (Amendment) Bill to the Subject Committee on Wednesday.

Piloting the Bill, Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan said that the Bill would not come in the way of building houses on small plots of paddy land. The government policy was to promote paddy cultivation wherever the crop could be cultivated.

Measures to streamline tax collection

Finance Minister Thomas Isaac replying to debate on Appropriation Bill on ThursdayFinance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac told the Assembly on Thursday that the government would be taking a number of measures to improve tax collection.

Dr. Isaac said that the about 70 per cent of tax revenue came from Kochi. So, the government was planning a ‘Mission Ernakulam’ to achieve better tax realisation from the area. The tax growth from the area was a mere two per cent.

Infrastructure Investment (Amendment) Bill goes to Subject Committee

Finance Minister Thomas Isaac introducing Infrastrucure Board Bill on MondayThe Assembly on Monday referred the Kerala Infrastructure Investment (Amendment) Bill, which is to replace Ordinance issued earlier, to the Subject Committee.

The Bill seeks to alter the structure of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Board to enable it to raise funds from the open market for projects in 23 sectors including agriculture, education and health.

‘Government has not dropped the proposal to leave Devaswom appointments to PSC’

Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for DevaswomsThiruvananthapuram: Minister for Power and Devaswom Kadakampally Surendran indicated in the Assembly on Monday that the government had not dropped the proposal to entrust appointments to the administrative services of devaswoms to the Public Services.

However, appointments to traditional posts such as those connected with worship in the temples will continue to be under Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board.

Removal of disqualification: Speaker rejects objections of Opposition

Law Minister A. K. Balan Piloting the Bill in the Assembly on ThursdayKerala Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan rejected objections raised by Opposition members against introduction of the Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Amendment Bill in the Assembly on Thursday.

The Speaker said that the Bill was being introduced for the limited purpose of avoiding disqualification of a member of the House upon his appointment as Chairperson of the proposed Administrative Reforms Commission. State legislature had powers to legislate on the matter and the Supreme Court had upheld the power.


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