Malayalam Language Bill to the path-breaking Christian
Cemeteries (Right to Burial of Corpse) Bill, Kerala Assembly
has passed 109 significant legislations, in the last four and
half years of the LDF government, before adjourning sine die
The 14th Assembly convened for 232 days in 22 sessions
after the Pinarayi Vijayan government came to power in 2016.
The next assembly election is expected to be held in the
southern state in April-May months.
Amidst the eventful proceedings, the House witnessed the
publishing of 275 Bills on divergent topics during the period.
Of this, 109 legislations have been passed including87
government bills and 22 finance and appropriation bills.
With this, the House had made a remarkable step in the
area of law making, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan on Friday said.
"The sessions of the 14th Assembly were quite fruitful
and creative. Many issues which may have direct or indirect
implications in the Kerala society have come for consideration
of the House during these days," he said.
Some among the significant laws passed by the 14th
Assembly include Infrastructure Investment Fund (Amendment)
Bill, Kerala Goods and Services Tax Bill, Maritime Board Bill,
Metropolitan Transport Authority Bill, Farmers'' Welfare Fund
Bill, Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation)
Act, and so on.
Recalling the important events during the sessions, the
Speaker said the House, on May 25, 2017, had passed a
resolution calling for the repeal of the Kerala Maritime Board
Bill 2014, which was returned by the Governor.
The Governor denying nod for the Kerala Professional
Colleges (Regularisation of of Admission in Medical Colleges)
Bill, passed by the Assembly in 2018, had also become a
significant episode in the state''s legislative history, he
Former Governor P Sathasivam addressed the 14th Kerala
Assembly four times and delivered the government''s policy
address while the present Governor Arif Mohammad Khan twice.
The House also witnessed the untimely demise of seven of
its 140 members during the tenure.
The first phase of the ambitious e-Assembly project,
which aims to create a paperless House, began in the 18th
session of the present Assembly.
Sreeramakrishnan said the passing of a complete state
budget before the beginning of the new financial year was very
rare in the history of the state assembly.
Usually, the full budget can only be passed at the end of
the first four months of the financial year after the vote-
on-account is passed.
The House had passed a full budgetin 1964, 1968, 1969,
1972, 1975 and 2005.
"But 13 years after 2005, we were able to pass the full
budget in 2018 and then in 2021, before the beginning of the
new financial year," he said.
Kerala Assembly''s own TV channel, Sabha TV, and an OTP
platform were launched during the tenure of the 14th Assembly.
Awareness classes on constitution and a constitutional
literacy march were also organised under the aegis of the
House, the speaker added. PTI LGK