Thursday, December 15, 2011

[ZESTCaste] SC/ST and other Backward Classes (Amendment) Bill passed

SC/ST and other Backward Classes (Amendment) Bill passed
Bangalore, Dec 15 (PTI)

Karnataka Legislative Assembly today passed the Karnataka Scheduled
Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (Amendment) Bill,
2011 making issue of false caste and income certificate and obtaining
them as a cognisable offence.

Members cutting across party lines welcomed the Bill which was tabled
by Minister for Social Welfare A Narayanaswamy. The Bill empowers the
government with powers to penalise those obtaining false caste
certificate or income certificate with rigorous imprisonment for a
term which shall not be less than six months, which may extend up to
two years and fine not less than Rs 1,000.

Tehsildars who intentionally issue such certificates upon conviction
would also attract similar punishment and penalty. No civil court
shall have jurisdiction in respect of any order passed by any officer
or authority under this Act and no stay or injunction shall be granted
by a court in respect of any action taken or to be taken by such
officer or authority under this Act, the Bill states.

Those found guilty will also face action like cancellation of degree,
diploma or any other educational qualifications acquired by them. The
House also passed The Karnataka Regulation of Stone Crushers Bill,
2011 which outlines guidelines for operation of stone crushers.

The Karnataka Appropriation (No 6) Bill, 2011 authorising payment and
appropriation of Rs 3,864.23 crore from the consolidated fund was also
approved by the House.

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