Special Bengal house panel to examine legislative council issue

June 29th, 2011 - 12:57 am ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, June 28 (IANS) The West Bengal government Tuesday moved a resolution in the assembly for reviving the legislative council, abolished in the state in 1969, but the matter was referred to a special committee by the speaker following a suggestion from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Banerjee requested Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay to set up a constitutional mechanism for in-depth discussion on the subject.

Bandopadhyay then formed a 15-member special committee which would give its report within six weeks.

The chief minister said the council would enable not only non-political eminent persons and intellectuals, but also people like a rickshaw puller or a landless labourer to voice their problems.

Leader of the Opposition Surjyakanta Mishra, however, disagreed with the government view and said at a time when the state was going through a tight financial situation, the creation of the council would entail additional expenditure.

He suggested that the government could instead form advisory councils or committees.

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