Kolkata: The West Bengal authorities on Tuesday tabled a invoice searching for to empower the administration to get court docket orders for attachment and public sale of the belongings of people that harm private and non-private property “throughout agitation” with a purpose to pay compensation to victims.
The invoice proposes to amend the West Bengal Upkeep of Public Order Act 1972.
The West Bengal Upkeep of Public Order (Modification) Invoice 2023 was launched within the backdrop of a number of incidents of arson, loot, and harm of properties within the state by some anti-social parts “throughout agitations”.
A key a part of the Invoice is that it has the availability for realisation of funds by promoting in public public sale the hooked up property below the mentioned Act to pay compensation to the sufferer by framing a scheme below it.
“There are a lot of anti-social actions within the identify of agitations. Damaging acts like vandalism and looting additionally happen. Till now, compensation is paid solely within the case of presidency property. This time, it must be paid in case of destruction of personal property too,” Finance Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya mentioned after tabling the Invoice.
She made it clear that if the state authorities couldn’t show the explanation for confiscating the property inside 180 days, the confiscated property can be returned to the proprietor.
An identical regulation was handed in Uttar Pradesh throughout anti-CAA protests in 2019 and at the moment, it was the Trinamool Congress which criticised it.
The opposition raised questions on why the TMC needs the identical regulation in West Bengal now.
Bhattacharya mentioned that there are variations between the regulation of UP and the proposed one in West Bengal.
The state meeting on Tuesday additionally tabled the Lokayukta (Modification) Invoice 2023 amending the Lokayukta Act, 2003, vesting within the Governor the ability to increase the time period of workplace of the Lokayukta.
The invoice additionally proposed that the Lokayukta will retire after the age of 70 and the particular person can’t maintain any authorities place post-retirement.
The federal government additionally tabled one other invoice that seeks to amend the West Bengal Land Reforms Act 1955 to offer a further possibility of freehold switch of presidency land to lessees for enhancing ease of doing enterprise, hassle-free switch/mortgage of land and to ask extra funding.
It additionally launched the West Bengal Landlaws (Repealing) Invoice, 2023 on the state meeting.
The State Regulation Fee has beneficial repeal of a number of rules and Acts that are centuries outdated, saying they aren’t related within the current context of the state.
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