The government introduced four Bills in the state assembly on Monday even as the House passed another six Bills, introduced earlier in the House, and two other bills were referred to the select committee.
Of the four bills introduced in the House, two – the Goa (Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat Cancellation/Abolition and Regulation of Allotment of Plots Bill, 2012 and the Goa Public Gambling (amendment) Bill were introduced by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar. While the Goa Highways (amendment) Bill, 2012 was introduced by the Public Works Department Minister, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar, the Goa Nursing Council Bill, 2012 was introduced by the Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar. The House gave its approval to the Goa Administrative Tribunal (amendment) Bill, the Goa Tax on Luxuries (twelfth amendment) Bill, the Goa Human Resources Development Bill, the Goa value added Tax (sixth amendment) Bill, all piloted by the Chief Minister. The state legislative assembly also gave its nod of approval to City of Panaji Corporation (amendment) Bill, moved by the Urban Development Minister, Mr Francis D’Souza, and the Goa Electricity Duty (amendment) Bill, 2012. Two other Bills, the Goa Succession, Special Notaries and Inventory Proceedings Bill, 2012 and the Goa Commission for Minorities Bill, 2012 were referred to select committees of the house after it was pointed out by the members of the House that there were some flaws in them.
While the committee on Goa Succession, Special Notaries and Inventory Proceedings Bill would be headed by Mr Parrikar and would have Mr D’Souza (Revenue Minister), Mr Pratapsing Rane, Mr Digambar Kamat, Mr Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Mr Caetano Silva, Mr Ganesh Gaonkar and Dr Pramod Sawant as members. The select committee on the Goa Commission for Minorities Bill, 2012 would be led by Mr Parrikar and have Mr D’Souza, Mr Ramkrishna Dhavlikar, Mr Rane, Mr Carlos Almeida, Mr Glenn Ticlo, Mr Nilesh Cabral and Mr Mauvin Godinho as members. Meanwhile, the state legislative assembly on Monday congratulated one of its member, Mr Vishnu Surya Naik Wagh, on being the first legislator of the state whose literary work was published in the class XI text book of Maharashtra.
The House also congratulated Ms Saina Nehwal and Mr Vijay Kumar for winning medals at the London Olympics. The Chief Minister has in the meanwhile assured the House that government would take appropriate action and postpone the elections to the board of directors of the Goa State Co-operative Bank if its management and the returning officer failed to hold elections as per the laws.The Chief Minister said that clarifications as regards to various alleged violations have been sought by the government by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.