CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday introduced eight bills, including the one to amend Tamil Nadu Lifts Act, 1997, bringing in provisions to regulate the erection, maintenance and safe working of escalators.
The Bill, moved by electricity minister P Thangamani, said that every owner of a place in which an escalator has been erected shall continue to operate for a period of two months from the date of commencement of the Act.
The escalators shall not continue to work after the expiry of a period of two months unless the owner obtains a licence from the chief electrical inspector. Every application for licence should accompany with a fee not exceeding Rs 1,000 and licence will be valid for a period of three years.
Bills were also introduced to amend Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Act, 1971, Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University Act, 2004, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences Act, 1989, prescribing qualifications for members of search committees and vice-chancellor.
The move comes after search committees for vice-chancellors of Madurai Kamaraj University, Anna University and the University of Madras made headlines for wrong reasons.
Finance minister D Jayakumar introduced a Bill to amend TN Transparency in Tenders Act, 1998, in order to achieve benefits such as increased efficiency and cost saving in public procurement, with electronic procurement as one of the modes.
While law minister C Ve Shanmugam introduced a Bill to repeal 214 Tamil Nadu Appropriation Acts enacted between 1952 and 2000, as they have become either irrelevant or dysfunctional and “importantly served their purpose and outlived their utility. A Bill was introduced to provide four per cent reservation for persons with disabilities amending TN Government Services (Conditions of Service) Act, 2016.