The session saw the introduction of one new and two amendment Bills in the House today. The discussions and voting on the three bills will be held tomorrow.
The house also unanimously passed the Resolution No.1 of 2013 seeking amendments to the Transplantation of Human Organ Act, 1994 to be made applicable in the state of Sikkim moved by the Minister of Health Care, Human Service and Family Welfare Department, DN Takarpa and seconded by the member of Legislative Assembly, Tenzi Sherpa. The Resolution was unanimously passed by the house without discussions.
The leader of the house, Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling, who is also the Minister-in-charge of Law Department introduced the two Amendment bills, Bill No.12 of 2013 Sikkim Court Fees and Stamps on Documents (Amendment) Bill and Bill no. 14 of 2013 Sikkim Civil Court (Amendment) Bill.
The statement of object and reason of the Sikkim Court Fees and Stamps on Documents (Amendment) Bill is that the existing flat rate of 6% Court Fees has been found on higher side and the state government has deemed it expedient to carry out revision in the rates of Court Fees and to make a slab system of rates of Court Fees so as to enable the people from lower strata of society to have easier access to justice. With this object in view the bill has been framed.
Sikkim Civil Court (Amendment) Bill has been framed to enhance the existing pecuniary jurisdiction of Civil Judge (Senior Division) and Civil Judge (Junior Division) for providing legal redressal to the public at large by amendment of the Sikkim Civil Courts Act, 1978.
Similarly, Minister for Human Resource Development Department, NK Pradhan introduced the Shri Ramasamy Memorial University, Sikkim, Bill No. 13 of 2013. The bill has been framed as the Government of Sikkim realizes that technical and professional education plays a vital role in the human resources development of the state and of the country, by creating skilled manpower that could serve the needs of the industry and other development sectors and thereby sustain the growth and productivity for creation of wealth and prosperity of the nation.
The Assembly also granted leave to member Neeru Sewa who did not attend the session today.