APMC chiefs' term to be 20 months

Ban on moving no-confidence motion for six months after assuming office

The Karnataka Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) Amendment Bill, 2009 was piloted by Agriculture Marketing Minister Shivaraj Tangadagi.  The Bill also states that no-confidence motion cannot be moved within a period of six months from the date of assuming office of president or the vice-president. And, for adopting no-confidence motion, not less than two-third majority of the total number of members of market committee is necessary.

The Bill has also made provision to empower the State Government to hear appeal against the orders passed by the director.

Leader of Opposition S Siddaramaiah said the government must make provision for reservation for SC/ST and BCs besides for women. It should be on the lines of reservation in Zilla Panchayats. “When you are amending the law, it is better you make provision for reservation too”, he said.

Welcoming the suggestion, the Minister promised to implement it in future. At the present juncture, it is not possible to incorporate a provision for reservation. Later, the House passed the Bill.

Border area

The House also passed the Karnataka Border Area Development Authority Bill, 2010 which has made provision for developing 52 selected border taluks.  Law Minister S Suresh Kumar said there will be a recurring expenditure of Rs 7.11 crore and non-recurring expenditure of Rs 2.89 crore for developing border areas.

The Minister accepted a suggestion from Siddaramaiah for a minor amendment on administrative expenses. The Leader of the Opposition said the purpose of establishing the Authority would be defeated if the Government failed to provide sufficient funds for it. In the past, the Government had set up many similar institutions without making provisions for funds, Siddaramaiah observed.

Land reforms

The Assembly also passed the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2010 enabling an occupant to raise loan by mortgaging or creating a charge on his interest in the land for development of land or improvement of agricultural practices. The Bill would enable owners of land to raise a loan by mortgaging their lands for financing higher studies of their children.

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