Bills tabled to amend HP MC Act 1994 & HP Land Revenue Act 1954

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Shimla, Mar 14
With the motive to increase the number of wards in Shimla Municipal Corporation from 37 to 41 and to extend the powers of Collectors or Commissioners, two bills were tabled in the state legislative assembly here on Monday, seeking amendment in parent HP Municipal Corporation Act 1994 and HP Land Revenue Act 1954.
Soon after the question hour Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the state government have brought out an ordinance by changing sect 6 of the HP Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 as the number of total seats to be filled by direct election in SMC shall not exceed above 41 that of thirty-seven and each ward the population shall not be less than 2500. Minister said that it has been observed that in many wards, the population has increased manyfold. He said that elected councillors have to face difficulty to cater to the demands and needs of a high population. ”To ensure proper arrangements of civic amenities, balanced growth and people’s participation in development activities, the limit of the maximum number of wards is needed to be increased. ” He said that now, the said ordinance is being replaced by a regular enactment without any modification.
Tabling Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue amendment bill Revenue Minister Mahinder Singh Thakur said that bill proposed to cut short the channel of revision petition so that collectors is empowered to recommended FC to call record of any case pending before or disposed of by any Revenue Officer subordinate to him or instituted before him and may pass such order as he thinks fits provided that he shall not under this section pass an order reversing or modifying the proceeding or order of the subordinate Revenue Officer and effecting any question of right between private persons without giving those persons an opportunity of being heard. The existing provisions of Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue Act, 1954 causing duplicy and pendency of cases if collectors wanted to give their opinion in the revenue matters, he added.

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