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UP Assembly passed Water Management and Regulatory Commission Bill 2014

Feb 26, 2014 12:12 IST

Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh on 25 February 2014 passed the UP Water Management and Regulatory Commission Bill 2014 by Voice Vote. This nod of the Assembly has paved the way to set-up a body that would suggest ways and means for judicious utilization of water.

The proposed regulatory body would suggest tariff for use of water for commercial, irrigation and domestic purposes and this body will work under the state government. Now, the bill will be referred to Vidhan Parishad for further passage. After passage by the Assembly and Vidhan Parishad, the Bill will be sent to the governor of the state for signature.

The bill was tabled in the Assembly by PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav. As per the proposal, the commission will comprise a chairperson and members not exceeding more than five in numbers.

The bill also mentions that for being selected as the chairperson of the commission a person will have to holds a bachelor’s degree and having an experience of administrative tasks of minimum 25 years and must have held the post of the chief secretary of the state government or government of India. The tenure of a chairperson or member has been fixed for two years which will also include reappointment for two consecutive terms. The bill also bares any ex-MLA or MP from being a chairperson or a member of the commission.

Earlier, the state had similar commission that was constituted in 2008 but was dissolved in 2012 after Samajwadi Party government came in power in the state.

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