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Amity move stalled

Ranchi, Aug. 6: The Hemant Soren government was today forced to refer a bill pertaining to establishing Amity University in Jharkhand to the select committee of the House after the Opposition pointed out loopholes.

The protesting MLAs also challenged the treasury to a headcount test if it was so adamant to pass the bill in its original format.

CPI(ML) legislator Vinod Singh was the first to raise objections after the Amity University Bill was introduced for discussions, saying that the terms and conditions for setting up the private institute were not clear. “This bill is silent on the time frame within which the proposed university is required to acquire land and create infrastructure and the action that will be taken if it fails to meet the deadline,” Singh said.

He drew support from Pradeep Yadav of JVM, BJP’s C.P. Singh, TMC’s Bandhu Tirkey and others.

C.P. Singh said most private universities established in Jharkhand in the past after passing bills were still running from rented premises.

However, the government managed to pass Jharkhand Value Added Tax Amendment Bill and Jharkhand State Agricultural Produce and Market Amendment Bill. The latter was passed amid a walkout by Opposition members.

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