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Kiran Bedi suggests to reconvene Assembly to adopt Appropriation Bill by Jul 31

On July 19, the apex court, in its interim order, directed the Assembly speaker to allow the nominated members to function as MLAs till the adjudication of the petition filed before it.


PTI 29 Jul 2018, 02:38 PM India

Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today suggested that the Territorial Assembly be reconvened before July 31 and the crucial Appropriation Bill 2018 be adopted while honoring the Supreme Court order to allow three BJP members nominated to the House to function as MLAs.

On July 19, the apex court, in its interim order, directed the Assembly speaker to allow the nominated members to function as MLAs till the adjudication of the petition filed before it.

The top court confirmed the March 23 Madras High Court order, upholding the nomination of three BJP functionaries to the Assembly by the Centre.

"If they (government) have to pass the Appropriation Bill by July 31, they can convene the session even tomorrow and adopt the bill. They can send the Bill to me after passing it and honoring the SC judgment.

"There would then be no contempt committed by anyone. It is up to them," she told reporters here.

Bedi said assent would not be delayed by 'even a minute' after the Assembly honored the apex court judgment, passed the Bill and sent it to her.

She exuded confidence that the top court directive would be respected.

"Lawmakers must be the first to respect the law of the land," she said.

The budget session of the territorial assembly began on July 2 when Chief Minister V Narayansamy, who also holds the Finance portfolio, presented the Rs 7,530 crore budget for fiscal 2018-19.

The House had sittings for 13 days but could not adopt the Appropriation Bill on July 19, the day it adjourned sine die as Lt Governor's approval to introduce the Bill was not available then.

The session was originally scheduled to continue till July 27.

The Lt Governor had approved passage of the Bill and sent it to the Assembly on July 21 with a rider that the nominated MLAs (V Saminathan, K G Shankar, and S Selva Ganapathy) be allowed to attend the proceedings as per the SC order.

The Appropriation Bill is an important legislation and its adoption marks the passing of the budget for fiscal 2018-19.

The disbursement of salaries to government staff and payment of pension to retired employees and other financial commitments of the government can be fulfilled only when the Bill earmarking the budget amount from the consolidated fund is passed.

The Bill has to be adopted by July 31.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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