GUWAHATI, Jan 24 � Barring opposition from a few quarters, the Standing Committee of Parliament on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, which visited Assam to garner opinion of various stake holders regarding the Assam Legislative Council Bill 2013, received positive responses from the major political parties and autonomous councils in the State. This was stated by Chairman of the Standing Committee Shantaram Naik while addressing media-persons here today.
Naik said that the Committee heard the views of seven recognised political parties, seven autonomous councils, some NGOs and members of the civil society on the issue.
�After interacting with the stakeholders we can say that there is an eagerness in the political parties and autonomous councils to have the Upper House at the earliest,� said Naik observing that the proposed Legislative Council will give an opportunity to all communities and ethnic groups in the State to voice their aspirations.
It needs to be mentioned here that the Committee has recommended to the government to have a national policy for second chamber for the State Legislature so that it is not abolished by the successive government once created by its predecessor.
The proposed Upper House is going to have 42 members, out of which 14 members would be elected by MLAs, 4 by teachers, 4 by graduates, 14 by municipal councils, Panchayati Raj institutions and autonomous councils and 6 would be nominated by the Governor.
According to Naik, the annual financial liability on the exchequer if the Upper House is created would be to the tune of Rs 19 crore roughly. For setting up the infrastructure, it would cost Rs 69 crore initially.
On the other hand, Naik said that seven Bills on corruption were pending before Parliament and the government was keen to get all these Bills passed.
Meanwhile, the Assam State Committee of the CPI (M) has expressed its strong resentment towards creation of an Upper House in the State. It pointed out that an Upper House is not going to solve the multifarious problems of Assam nor fulfill the aspirations of the smaller ethnic groups.