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As many as five Bills were moved in the LA Friday, out of these two were passed, two were allowed to be introduced and one was referred to the Select Committee.

The LA Bill No. 13 of 2013 which pertains to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Hindu Marriage Act, 1980 (IV of 1980) and the Jammu and Kashmir Christian Marriage and Divorce Act, 1957 (III of 1957) was moved by the Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah and passed by the House with voice vote.

The Bill No. 14 of 2013 pertains to amendment in the Jammu and Kashmir Value Added Tax Act, 2005 was moved by the Minister for Finance,  A.R.Rather and passed by the House without any amendment.

The Bill No. 11 of 2009 which seeks to provide for the better management, protection, administration and governance of
Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious Places in the State and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto was  moved by the Minister for Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah and discussed in detail.

The Members appreciated the Government for bringing this legislation. Most of the Members said that the Bill is of  sensitive nature and required wide ranging discussion with various stakeholders in the State. They suggested certain valuable amendments to further improve the legislation. The Members suggested referring the Bill to the Select Committee for more debate and accommodating the viewpoints of various stakeholders before passing the Bill. The House agreed the suggestion of the Members and allowed to refer the Bill to the Select Committee.

The Members who took part in the discussion included, Ashok Kumar,  Peer Afaq,  Javed Dar,  M.Y.Tarigami, Dr. Sheikh  Mustafa Kamal,  Harshdev Singh, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta,  Ashwani Sharma, Er, Sheikh Abdul Rashid,  Aijaz Jan and  Balwant Singh Mankotia.

The LA Bill No. 16 of 2013, which was moved by the Minister for Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah pertains to
establishment of Dehi Adalats at the grass-root level for the purposes of providing access to justice to the citizens at their doorsteps and to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of social, economic or other disabilities and for matters connected therewith.

The House allowed the introduction of the Bill. The LA Bill No. 15 of 2013 which pertains to amend the Ranbir Penal
Code, Samvat 1989, the Code of Criminal Procedure, Samvat, 1989 and the Evidence Act, Samvat 1977 was moved by the Minister for Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah. The House allowed introducing the Bill.

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