GUWAHATI, April 23 � Some changes have been sought to be effected in the Assembly car pass issuance procedure to make it flawless. A decision in this regard was adopted at a meeting of the leaders of all political parties called by the Speaker of the State Assembly here today.
The decision came in the wake of the controversy arising out of the Assembly car passes issued against the vehicles of Anil Chauhan, who has been arrested by the City Police in connection with several car lifting cases across the country.
Principal Secretary of the State Assembly GP Das told this newspaper that the new rules for issuing car passes would come into effect from May 1 next. The existing rules for the purpose will remain effective till April 30.
According to the new rules, each of the ministers, parliamentary secretaries and MLAs will get two VIP car passes for their own vehicles and five general car passes for cars of their family members, relatives and friends. But the minister, parliamentary secretary or the MLA concerned should recommend issuance of such passes.
Self-attested photostat copies of the RCs of the vehicles and driving licences of the drivers of the vehicles should be enclosed with the applications for the car passes and the authorised persons who recommend issuance of car passes should certify that the applicants are of good character, said the Principal Secretary of the State Assembly.
According to the new rules, those who recommend such car passes will have to give an undertaking to the Assembly Secretariat that they would assume responsibility in case any untoward incident occurs involving the applicant after his or her getting the Assembly car pass, Das said.
Each of the parliamentarians, ex-parliamentarians and ex-MLAs will get one VIP car pass for their own vehicles. The Mayor of Guwahati, the Chief Secretary, each of the additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries, commissioner-secretaries, secretaries, the Principal Auditor General, the Auditor General and directors of the State government departments will get one VIP car pass each for their official vehicles.
Each of the officers of the State Assembly and joint secretaries will get one general car pass against their officially allotted cars, while the editors, executive editors and accredited press reporters of the print and electronic media will get one general car pass.
Each of the contractors and suppliers authorised to work inside the Assembly complex will also get a general car pass on the recommendations made by the officers of the PWD, power department, PHED and the Assembly Secretariat.
It is expected that things concerning Assembly car passes would now on stand to be streamlined, Das said.