The efforts to have a Legislative Council (Upper House) in the state have got a major boost.
A 30-member committee of Parliament, comprising Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members, has approved the formation of the Upper House in the state.
The proposed Legislative Council will have 66 seats. It will have nominated members from the governor, educational luminaries and members elected by the MLAs.
The committee has 10 members from Lok Sabha and 20 from the Rajya Sabha. It had come to Rajasthan recently and worked on the proposal of setting up the Council.
The proposal will now be sent to the Union Cabinet for its approval, after which the Upper House will become a reality in Rajasthan.
Speaking to dna on this issue, member of Parliament from Bikaner Arjun Meghwal, who is also a part of this committee, said, “The committee has submitted its report and now the matter will be taken up in the Union Cabinet.”
Notably, the size of a Legislative Council has to be one-third of the members of Legislative Assembly but not less than 40 members. As the state Legislative Assembly has 200 members, its one-third makes for 66 seats.
In April 2012, the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly had passed a resolution to create a Legislative Council in the state. The resolution was subsequently introduced in the Parliament in 2013.
Notably, when the Assembly building was constructed a few years back, a provision for the Legislative Council was kept in the mind.
Both the BJP and Congress had supported the formation of the Legislative Council during the voting while CPI (M) had voted against it.
Presently, there are five states in the country which have a bicameral legislature.
These states are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir and Bihar.
Meanwhile, the process to have an Upper House is also underway in Assam.
Presently, 5 states have Councils
There will be a total of 66 members in the Upper House. This figure is one-third of the total strength of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly (200 seats). Presently, there are five states in the country which have a bicameral legislature. These states are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka , Jammu & Kashmir and Bihar. Meanwhile, the process to have an Upper House is also underway in Assam.