Faux pas in ordinance

Mahanagara spelt as Ma-na-nagara


 The critical error has cropped up in the ordinance to amend the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976.  A paragraph under the head “Substitution of expressions” reads thus: “In the Principal Act, for the expressions ‘Bangalore City Corporation’ or ‘Corporation of the City of Bangalore’ wherever they occur, the expression ‘Bruhat Bangalore Mananagara Palike’ shall be substituted.”

 A copy of the ordinance signed by G K Boregowda, Secretary, Department of Parliamentary Affairs and Legislation has been sent to Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department, the Registrar, High Court, amongst others.

 Under the head “Amendment of section 7,” the ordinance was to substitute the words “one hundred and fity” with “two hundred” in clause (a) of sub-section (1); and the words “not more than ten persons in the case of Bangalore City Corporation” with the words “not exceeding ten per cent of the total number of councillors in the case of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike.” BBMP, however, is spelt correctly here.
  Advocate Vasudevan, who pointed out the error says that it is a great injustice to Kempegowda, the founder of the City, as the notification was done without application of mind.

“Surprisingly, it has been signed and is an utterly irresponsible act on the part of the law makers. The amendment has to be placed before both the Houses and unfortunately the authorities have notified a non-existing entity,” Vasudevan

 noted.  He demanded that the notification should be withdrawn immediately and a fresh ordinance be issued or the error should be rectified at the earliest.

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