Meghalaya Police Bill passed over opposition’s objectionBy IANS
Friday, December 3, 2010
SHILLONG - The Meghalaya assembly Friday passed Meghalaya Police Bill 2010 despite opposition members charging that the bill contains several loopholes and should be referred to a select committee.
Opposing the bill, journalist-turned Independent legislator Manas Chaudhuri said the bill has contradictory provisions for the appointment of state police chief is concerned.
Leader of the Opposition and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Conrad K.Sangma, asked the government to refer the bill to a select committee like in parliament where the bills are referred to standing committee.
“The move of the government to pass the Bill in a hurry is undemocratic and it can be seen as and act of bulldozing,” Sangma said.
Home Minister H.D.R.Lyngdoh, who rejected the suggestions, said the Bill is long over due and it need to be passed in the interest of the state.
The bill was ultimately passed through a voice vote after Chauduri refused to withdraw his motion against the legislation.
The bill replaces the Indian Police Act, 1861 for the state.