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Sikkim Assembly passes eight Bills

By The Assam Tribune

GANGTOK, June 10 - Sikkim Assembly on Saturday passed eight bills, including the one proposing to hike salaries and allowances of Ministers.

The House passed the Sikkim Ministers, Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Members of Assembly (Salaries and Allowances) Amendment Bill, and seven other bills by a voice vote after Speaker KN Rai put each bill for consideration and passing by the members on the concluding day of the two-day Assembly session.

The revised salaries and sumptuary allowance of Ministers/Speaker/Deputy Speaker/MLAs will come into force with retrospective effect from April 1, 2018.

Among others, Sikkim National Law University (Amendment) Bill, and Sikkim Greenfield Airport, Pakyong (Settlement of Claims for Loss and Damages) Bill, were also passed.

All the bills were passed on the second and final day of the Seventh Session of the State Assembly. The State Government introduced the eight amendment bills yesterday.

As soon as the House convened on Friday, the Speaker took up obituary reference of ex-SDF MLA Laxuman Lepcha who passed away last month aged 76.

The House, led by Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, mourned Lepcha�s demise before observing two minutes silence in his memory.

As soon as the legislative business began, RB Subba, who is Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, introduced the Sikkim Ministers, Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Members of Legislative Assembly (Salaries and Allowances) Amendment Bill.

Subba also introduced Sikkim Legislative Assembly Members (Payment of Pension and Medical Allowances) Amendment Bill which seeks to raise pension of the ex-MLAs.

Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling introduced Sikkim Essential Services Maintenance (Amendment) Bill which seeks to amend a section of the Act of 2000. � PTI

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