Legislative Council to be Constituted in Odisha, Process begins

Bhubaneswar, Jan 02: The Odisha government will constitute the legislative council in the state triggering criticism and debate from the opposition parties. This was decided at a high level meeting here today.

Talking to the reporters on Friday, Parliamentary Affairs minister Bikram Keshari Arukh informed that the state government has decided to constitute a State Legislative Council following a demand to this effect by people from various sections of society.

He said that the government will form a five-member legislators' committee, which will visit the states that already have Legislative Councils this month to study their functioning.

After the visit, the committee will submit a report to the state government after which a gazette notification to this effect would be issued.

The meeting was also attended by the secretaries of Parliamentary Affairs and State Assembly.

As per the rule for the formation of the Legislative Council, the government requires the consent of two-third members of the State Assembly in its favour. Less than one-third of the number of members of the State Assembly can be the member of the Legislative Council. However, their number should not be less than 40.

If the separate institution would be formed, the total number of members in the Odisha Legislative Council would be 49 out of which one-third of members would be elected by the Municipal Corporations, Municipalities and Zilla Parishads, one-third by the members of the Legislative Assembly and one-twelfth from education sector, while one-sixth from the field of Literature, Science, Art, Cooperation and Social Service would be nominated by the Governor.

Currently, the states including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh have Legislative Councils. Recently on November 28 last year, the Union Cabinet has approved the formation of a Legislative Council in Assam.

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