Tripura legislative assembly passed 10 bills including six ordinance bills during the one-day monsoon session with thumping votes on Monday Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: The Tripura legislative assembly on Monday passed 10 bills including six ordinance bills during the one-day monsoon session with thumping votes, while the Opposition CPIM walked out in protest for not allowing to hold discussion on several issues.

Among the 10 bills which the assembly passed on Monday includes — The Tripura Water Board Bill 2020, The Tripura State Goods and Services Act, 2020, The Industrial Disputes (Tripura Second Amendment) Bill, 2020, The salaries, allowances, pensions and other benefits of the ministers, speaker, leader of opposition, government chief whip and members of the legislative assembly (Tripura) (sixth amendment) Bill, 2020, The Tripura guaranteed services to citizens act, 2020 among others.

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Speaking with EastMojo, law and parliamentary minister Ratan Lal Nath said that ‘The Tripura Guaranteed Services to Citizens Act 2020’ will ensure delivery of essential services to citizens on time.

“The new act will ensure timely delivery of government services to the citizens, failing which the official concerned would be penalized for every consecutive day, up to Rs 500 as maximum penalty for each case”, Nath said.

There are about 24 certificates like permanent residence of Tripura certificate (PRTC), scheduled Caste (SC), schedule Tribe (ST), other backward caste (OBC), land records, school certificate among others provided by the state government to the citizens.

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He also said that many states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal among others have already introduced similar act to ensure hassle free and timely service to their citizens.

“The present government has an intention to provide timely service to the citizens. The government will issue a notification setting stipulated time frame. If the officials fail to provide service in time, they would be penalized for the same”, Nath added.

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Speaking further he said, in case of delay in providing service, the applicant would get compensation amount of Rs 20 for each day, which would be cut from the officials salary to a maximum of Rs 500 as compensation.

Nath said that the union government had issued a circulation for proper implementation of the ‘Guaranteed Services to Citizens’. However, the then government did not pay heed to the circulation. However, till December 2017 a total of 17 states have already implemented the guideline.

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