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Govt to table Right to Public Service Bill in upcoming autumn session

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Shillong, Oct 30:  Meghalaya Cabinet on Friday decided to table the Meghalaya Right to Public Service Bill 2020 in the upcoming autumn session of the assembly, which begins from November 5.

The Bill envisages to provide delivery of public services from the Government  — caste certificate, driving licence, registrations etc to be issued within a specified time frame.

Speaking to the media after the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said that after the Bill becomes an Act, it will mandate issuance of necessary documents for the public within a specific time period.

He also said that officers responsible for issuance of such documents will be liable for punishment on failure to deliver within the stipulated time.

Punchhi Commission

Cabinet also finalized the recommendations for the “Punchhi Commission” on the Centre – State Relations, which will be send to the Ministry of Home Affair Inter-State Council Secretariat.

In 2007, the Government of India had constituted a commission on Centre-State Relations under the chairmanship of Justice Madan Mohan Punchhi, former Chief Justice of India to look into the new issues of Centre-State relations keeping in view the changes that have taken place in the polity and economy of India since the Sarkaria Commission had last looked at the issue of Centre-State relations over two decades ago.

The Commission examined and reviewed the working of the existing arrangements between the Union and States, various pronouncements of the Courts in regard to powers, functions and responsibilities in all spheres including legislative relations, administrative relations, role of governors, emergency provisions, financial relations, economic and social planning, Panchayati Raj institutions, sharing of resources including inter-state river water etc.

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