News Desk, Amar Ujala, Mumbai
Published by: Gaurav Pandey
Wednesday, 15 December 2021 09:57 PM Updated to IST
The Maharashtra government has taken steps to limit the powers of the governor in the selection of vice-chancellors of universities in the wake of repeated clashes with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. In addition, the withdrawal of three agricultural bills brought in response to the Centre’s three agricultural laws was also approved. At the same time, for the local body elections, the State Election Commission was requested to conduct these elections with OBC reservation policy or postpone it for the time being.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
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The governor acts as chancellor for the universities in the states and makes appointments to the vice-chancellor on the recommendation of a committee. The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement that it would amend the Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016 and the state government would have the power to recommend names to the governor for the posts of vice-chancellor.
Currently, this provision is included in the rules for the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor.
Under the current provisions of this Act, the Vice-Chancellor is appointed by the Chancellor on the recommendation of a Committee. The Committee shall consist of a person nominated for the Chancellor, a retired Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court, the Chief Secretary of the Department of Higher and Technical Education and the Director or Head of a National Reputable Institution established by law. Parliament.
Government relations with Governor Koshyari are not cordial
In Maharashtra, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, formed by the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) alliance, has been in tension with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. There have been several clashes between the government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Governor Koshyari. There have also been several clashes between the two factions.
The decision was made on the body election on OBC reserved seats
Apart from this, the cabinet has requested the state election commission to hold elections for OBC reserved seats for local bodies with OBC quota or postpone them till the state collects OBC statistics of backward classes.
Just hours before the Cabinet decision, the Supreme Court directed the state election commission to generally notify 27 per cent of OBC reserved seats in local bodies and start the election process.
After the cabinet meeting, state Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chagan Bhujbal said the OBCs should have a political reservation system if local body elections are to be held in a timely manner. If this does not happen, the election should be postponed until OBC data is collected.
Permission to withdraw three bills related to agriculture
In addition, the Cabinet approved the withdrawal of three bills brought in line with the three agricultural regulations brought by the Center. The three bills were introduced in the monsoon sessions of the state assembly in July this year. Following the approval of the state cabinet, a decision on this will be taken at the next assembly meeting starting from December 22 in the capital Mumbai.
Supriya Sule questioned whether the Center had misled the Supreme Court
NCP leader Supriya Sule on Wednesday questioned the Modi government for misleading the Supreme Court by claiming that the census data collected in the 2011 Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) was incorrect. Sule said the Ministry of Home Affairs told a parliamentary committee in 2016 that the SECC-2011 data was 98.87 per cent correct. A day earlier, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition filed by the Maharashtra government seeking an order directing the Center to disclose the SECC-2011 data of OBCs.