Bills relating to duty on property transfers, ‘jallikattu’ adopted

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Assembly on Tuesday adopted 30 Bills, including those seeking to levy a duty on transfers of property in municipal areas, regulate conduct of jallikattu and regulate fee collection in schools in the State.

Under the Duty on Transfers of Property (in Municipal Areas) Bill, a 5 per cent duty would be levied in the form of a surcharge on stamp duty at the time of transfer of property in municipal areas. The legislation covered instruments such as sale, exchange and gift of immovable property, mortgage with possession of immovable property and lease in perpetuity of immovable property.

The Regulation of Jallikattu Bill, among others, prescribed that those who organised ‘jallikattu’ should deposit a sum of not less than Rs. 2 lakh with the District Collectorconcerned for the benefit of the victim in case of an accident or injury during the event. The Collectors should ensure double barricading of the arena at a minimum of six feet height and should see to it that the number of spectators in the gallery do not exceed the limit prescribed by the Public Works Department. They should also ensure that safety certificates were obtained from the PWD for double barricading and safety of the gallery.

When the Tamil Nadu Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Bill 2009 was taken up for consideration, S. Peter Alphonse (Congress) wondered why no educationists were included in the Fee Determination Committee.

C.Ve. Shanmugam (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) wanted penal provisions of the legislation to be “loophole-free.”

G.K. Mani (Pattali Makkal Katchi) wanted the Bill referred to the Select Committee.

Thangam Thennarasu, School Education Minister, said that by referring the legislation to the Committee, the purpose of the formulation of the Bill would be defeated, as the legislation was intended to provide immediate relief. While framing rules, a provision could be made for accommodating educationists in the committee, the Minister said.

Though the Police Bill was also mentioned in the day’s agenda for consideration and adoption, the government decided to refer it to the Select Committee in view of the demand from parties, including the AIADMK, Congress and PMK. The day’s proceedings went on for about seven hours, the last three hours devoted to discussing and passing of 30 Bills.

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