| Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi at the news meet in Patna on Tuesday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Patna, July 12: Bihar government seems to have locked horns with the governor of the state regarding pending legislative bills.
Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi today alleged that higher education in the state has hit rough waters because of four important education bills pending with Governor Devanand Konwar.
“Out of 18 bills passed by the state Legislative Assembly in its last session, only 12 were approved by the governor and six are still pending. Another bill was passed in 2010. Five among six pending bills are related to education. The government is facing huge problem because of the pending bills since it is getting difficult for us to sort out the anomalies in the absence of respective legislative framework,” said Modi.
He added: “For instance there are thousands of vacant posts for teachers across numerous colleges in the state and to resolve the issue we have framed a bill — Bihar State University Commission Bill, 2011 — which was cleared in the March session of state Assembly. However, it is still pending. This commission would appoint teachers in colleges and will thus fill up the vacant posts. Similarly, the Bihar State University Tribunal Bill, 2010, was to resolve the issues related to appointment of teachers, their promotion and other matters related to aided degree colleges.”
The tribunal bill was passed by the state legislative Assembly around eight months back. Thereafter, it was sent to the governor from where it was returned with objections and then the modified bill was again sent on March 31 this year, which is still pending.
Modi also said that the NDA would request the Speaker of the Lok Sabha in the next session to hold a discussion in the House on the role of governors.
Another bill in the limbo is the Bihar State School Teachers and Staffs Grievance Redressal Bill, 2011. “Under this grievance redressal bill a district-level tribunal and state-level appellate authority are to be made, which would look after the issues related to aid from the state government and appointment of teachers in the schools at panchayat level,” said Modi.
The deputy CM also said the present state government repatriated the non-aided education system in 2008 and the government started giving aid on the basis of the passing criteria of institutions.
Tribunal for dispute
In the light of the growing number of grievances related to family disputes coming to the janata darbar, Modi today said that the state government is taking initiatives to form a separate tribunal to deal with such disputes.