Union Home Minister reviews the status of State Legislations
Processing of State Legislations to be fast-tracked through web-based software
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh today reviewed the status of State Legislations/Bills/Ordinances which the State Governments sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for obtaining assent of the President of India. Shri Rajnath Singh was apprised about the status of each Bill.
Shri Rajnath Singh decided to write to the Chief Ministers to expedite the State Legislations referred back to the State Governments by the MHA. The Home Minister is requesting for the personal attention of the Chief Ministers for expeditious response so that the MHA may take a final decision on the matter.
During the review, it was pointed out that as on June 1, 2014, about 100 such Bills/Legislations were pending. Another fresh 62 Bills/Legislations were received since June 1, 2014, making the total as 162.
The Home Minister was informed that the MHA has settled 100 references since June 1, 2014 and out of the remaining 62, 27 are referred back to the State Governments for clarifications. Another 27 Bills are circulated to the different Central Ministries/Departments for their comments. Out of the remaining eight Bills, four are being processed in the MHA and the remaining four are with the Ministry of Law & Justice for their vetting.
Shri Rajnath Singh asked the Secretary (Border Management), MHA Shri Anoop Kumar Srivastava for organizing a video conference with the representatives of State Governments. The Secretary was also asked to convene a meeting with the representatives of Central Ministries/Departments from which comments are still awaited.
The Union Home Minister was informed about the developments of web-based software through which State Governments would be able to send the Bills electronically to the MHA. The Ministry will in turn be sending the same to the Central Ministries/Departments concerned electronically for seeking their comments. The entire process of exchange of information/consultation will thus be online which will fast-track the process to a great extent. All the State Governments/Central Ministries/Departments will be informed of the development of the system and provided with individual User ID and Password.