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UP assembly exempts 79 posts
March 09, 2006 20:42 IST
In an attempt seen as an exercise to prevent disqualification of Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly today passed a Bill exempting 79 posts, including the chairmanship of State Film Development Council held by her, from being regarded as offices of profit.
The State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification Amendment) Bill, 2006, which seeks to give retrospective effect to its provisions from January 2003, was passed by voice vote amidst resistance from Opposition. An Opposition amendment was also rejected.
Once the Governor approves the Bill, 79 posts of chairmen, deputy chairmen and directors of various corporations and Public Sector Undertakings will no longer be regarded as offices of profit and the word 'allowances' payable to incumbents will be replaced by 'honorarium.'
The opposition members alleged that the bill had been brought by the state government to save some individuals, apparently referring to Samajwadi Party member Bachchan, whose disqualification has been recommended by the Election Commission.The Commission's recommendation to President A P J Abdul Kalam came on a petition from a Congressman Madan Mohan who had contended that she had acquired the disqualification as she is holding an office of profit as Chairperson of the UP Film Development Council.