Himachal Vidhan Sabha committee mulls amending land ceiling laws

Shimla: In face of strong opposition from congress, a select committee of the Vidhan Sabha held its first meeting on Friday to study the Himachal Pradesh Ceiling on Land Holdings (Amendment) Bill referred by the ruling BJP benches during last Monsoon session to a select committee.

Demanding withdrawal of the amendment bill, opposition congress had staged a protest walk out in the house then.

Secretary Vidhan Sabha, Goverdhan Singh said that members of the select committee which consists of revenue minister Gulab Singh as chairman, with Suresh Bhardwaj (BJP), Rakesh Verma (IND) and Inder Singh (BJP) held their first meeting.

Congress who had two members in Sujjan Singh Pathania and Prem Singh (who died recently) had already announced its decision to boycott the committee earlier.

The committee deliberated whether the bill section introduced in the house violated the basic spirit of the act and also considered whether there were any shortcomings in the amendment draft.

The committee also decided to record the views of secretary (revenue) and secretary (law) on Oct 18, 2011 before the committee.

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