The Kerala Assembly on 19 July 2016 passed the Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualifications) Amendment Bill, 2016. The bill will pave way for CPM veteran VS Achutanandan's appointment as the Administrative Reforms Committee Chairman with Cabinet rank.
The Bill was passed with retrospective effect from 1951 even as the Congress led UDF Opposition stayed away from the proceedings registering protest. The opposition said that the appointment would add burden on the state’s Consolidated Fund.
The bill seeks to amend the Section 2 of the 1951 Act by adding sub-section 2 which says that “No person shall be disqualified from being the member of legislative assembly (MLA) on the grounds that he or she holds the office of profit in term of being the Chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission.”
The section 2 in the 1951 Act was added to give effect to the sub-clause (angel) of clause (1) of Article 191 of the Constitution. The Article says that an MLA shall be disqualified if he or she holds any office of profit under the Union Government or any of the state governments, other than an office declared by law.
Earlier, a draft bill to amend the law related to the commission was approved by the state Cabinet.
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When: 19 July 2016