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Lokayukta bill to be re-tabled

Shillong, April 9: The Mukul M. Sangma government will re-table the Meghalaya Lokayukta Bill, 2012 with certain amendments in the current session of the Assembly.

The decision was taken following a cabinet meeting this evening. “The cabinet has considered the proposed amendments to be brought to the bill and the same will be tabled during the current session,” Sangma told reporters.

The bill was passed by the state legislature in December last year. However, in January, Governor Ranjit S. Mooshahary sent it back to the legislature with certain observations in relation to some clauses.

Sangma did not disclose the proposed amendments but maintained that it was not required for the government to table a fresh bill.

“A bill, which has been passed but is yet to receive the governor’s assent, can be re-introduced with amendments within two years even if the term of the House, which had passed the bill, has ended.

The cabinet also approved some amendments to be brought to the Meghalaya Police Act, 2010. It will be tabled during the current Assembly session. It also deliberated on the state’s annual plan size.

which has been projected at Rs 4,141 crore. However, the final amount will depend on the Planning Commission.