During this monsoon session, the Bihar assembly has passed 8 bills that have also been passed yesterday by the Governor of Bihar, Phagu Chauhan.
These bills will now soon become acts and will be published in the Bihar gazette.
Let me now explain to you about these 8 bills in detail.
Bihar Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2021
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the panchayat elections were not held in time. Looking at the same, the bill was introduced in the assembly last month. The bill says, if for any reason, the general election for Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti, Zila Parishad, or Gram Katchahry will not be held after its tenure of 5 years, then all their respective powers and functions will be transferred to an Advisory Committee that runs under State Government.
Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill, 2021
In the year, 2020-21, Bihar is also affected by the global pandemic. Hence, it is obvious that the fiscal management of the state will deviate. Looking at the same, the state government amends the existing Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Bill and presents the amended one.
Fiscal Management means the planning, directing, and controlling the financial resources.
The bill was presented itself by the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Tarkishore Prasad who is also managing the Finance Ministry of our state.
Bihar Appropriation Bill, 2021
The Bihar Appropriation Bill, 2021 allows the withdrawal of Rs. Twenty-seven thousand fifty crores, seventeen lac and eighty-three thousand, out of the consolidated fund of the state of Bihar for the year 2021-22. The withdrawal amount will be for different purposes and services.
Bihar Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2021
Back on August 9, 2021, the state government amended the Bihar Goods and Services Tax Bill to create the amended version.
You can read about this bill in detail from here.
Now, besides the above four bills, the state government passed the below four bills regarding university. The three new university bills, two of which are carved from the Aryabhatt Knowledge University.
Aryabhatt Knowledge University (Amendment) Bill, 2021
With this bill, the Aryabhatt Knowledge University will soon introduce more courses. For example, Astronomy, Geography, Nano Technology, and more.
Bihar Health Sciences University Bill, 2021
The Bihar Health Sciences University Bill, 2021 will regulate all the medical colleges and institutions in the state.
Bihar Sports University Bill, 2021
With Bihar Sports University Bill, 2021, Bihar is going to establish its first sports university probably in Rajgir, and will become the 6th state in India to have a sports university.
To motivate more women from the state to enter the sports field, a minimum of 33.3% of seats in the university will be reserved for women.
I already have explained about Aryabhatt Knowledge University (Amendment) Bill, 2021, and Bihar Health and Sports Science University Bill, 2021 in one of my earlier articles.
Bihar Engineering University Bill, 2021
The Bihar Engineering University Bill, 2021 will establish an Engineering University in Bihar that will affiliate all the private and government engineering colleges in the state.
Traditionally, the governor is the chancellor of state-run universities but this bill makes the Chief Minister of Bihar the Chancellor of the Engineering Univerisity.
The Science and Technology Minister, Sumit Kumar Singh presented this bill in the house.