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NAC, 45 other posts to be exempted from “profit” list
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 15
The bill seeking to exempt chairperson of the National Advisory Council and 45 other posts from the purview of the “office of profit” is expected to be introduced tomorrow.

The Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2006 seeks to provide immunity to Congress president Sonia Gandhi with retrospective effect as she had resigned from the post in the wake of complaints against her being forwarded to the Election Commission by the President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

The Bill aims to provide immunity with effect from May 31, 2004 when it was formed by an order issued by the Cabinet Secretariat.

It also seeks to provide immunity to 45 other posts with effect from April 4, 1959. Most of the posts relate to those held by Left leaders including Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee. It also includes the post held by Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.

The poll panel had earlier disqualified Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan from the Rajya Sabha for holding “office of profit,” and the Supreme Court vindicated this decision.

The statement of objects and reasons of the bill said recently it has become necessary to revisit the issue of disqualification of MPs on the basis of holding an office of profit.

Approximately 40 or more members from both Houses are holding offices of Chairmen or members of various statutory and non-statutory bodies and are facing disqualification proceedings on the ground that they are holding an office of profit.

“If this state of affairs is allowed to continue then there is bound to be large-scale litigation and the likely vacation of seats in both Houses of Parliament, which will necessitate the holding of bye-elections to fill up resultant vacancies. This will be a wasteful expenditure and will enforce unnecessary financial burden on the nation,” the statement said.

The posts, which the bill seeks to exempt, are:

Tripura Khadi and Villages Industries Board

Uttar Pradesh Development Council

Irrigation and Flood Control Commission, UP

Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta

West Bengal Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd

West Bengal Small Industries Development Corporation Ltd

West Bengal Industries Development Corporation Ltd

Sriniketan Santiniketan Development Authority

Haldia Development Authority

West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation

Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners

Board of Wakf, West Bengal

West Bengal Fisheries Development Corporation Ltd

West Bengal State Haj Committee

Asansol Durgapur Development Authority, West Bengal

West Bengal Pharmaceutical and Phytochemical Development Corporation Ltd

West Bengal Powerloom and Handloom Development Corporation Ltd

West Bengal Khadi and Village Industry Board

Society for Self Employment for Urban Youth, West Bengal

Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Board

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority

National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd

Indian Farmer Ferlizers Cooperative Ltd

Krishak Bharati Cooperative Ltd

National Cooperative Consumer Federation of India Ltd

Auroville Foundation

National Commission of Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector

Planning Board (Asiatic Society)

Delhi Rural Development Board

Maulana Azad Education Foundation

Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts

Dr Ambedkar Foundation

Bihar State Religious Trust Board

Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries

Indian Institute of Psychemetry

Uttar Pradesh Cooperative Bank

Uttar Pradesh Provincial Cooperative Federation

Uttar Pradesh Cooperative Foundation Ltd

National Cooperative Union of India

Uttar Pradesh Krishi and Gram Vikas Bank

Uttar Pradesh Cooperative Bank Ltd

Indian Council for Cultural Relations

Board of Control - A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna

All India Council for Sports

Howrah Improvement Trust

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