Bills tables to amend HP MC Act 1994 & HP Land Revenue Act 1954

With the motive to increase number of wards in Shimla Municipal Corporation from 37 to 41 and to extends the powers of Collectors or Commissioners, two bills were tabled in the state legislative assembly here on Monday, seeking amendment in parent HP Municipal Corporation Act 1994 and HP Land Revenue Act 1954. Soon after the question hours Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that state government have brought out an ordinance by changing sect  6 of the HP Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 as the number of total seats to be filled by direct election in SMC shall not exceed above 41 that of thirty seven and each ward the  population shall not be less than 2500. Minister said that it has been observed that in many wards , the population has increased many fold.  He said that elected councilors have to face difficulty to cater to the demands and needs of a high population . ” In order to ensure proper arrangements of civic amenities, balanced growth and people ‘s participation in development activities, the limit of maximum number of wards is needed to be increased. ”  He said that now , the said ordinance is being replaced by a regular enactment without any modification. Tabling Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue amendment bill Revenue Minister Mahinder Singh Thakur said that bills proposed to cut short the channel of revision petition so that collectors is empower to recommended FC to call record of any case pending before or disposed of by any Revenue Officer subordinate to him or instituted before him and may pass such order as he think fits provided that he shall not under this section pass an order reversing or modifying the proceeding or order of the subordinate Revenue Officer and effecting any question of right between private persons without giving those persons an opportunity of being heard. The existing provisions of Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue Act, 1954 causing duplicity and pendency of cases if collectors wanted to give his opinion in the revenue matters, he added. 

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