Tamil Nadu Governor Returns 10 Bills, Week After Court Expressed Concerns

Tamil Nadu Governor Returns 10 Payments, Week After Courtroom Expressed Issues

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RN Ravi was appointed Governor of Tamil Nadu in September 2021 (File).


Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi on Thursday returned ten pending payments – two of which have been handed by the sooner AIADMK authorities – to the Meeting, sources within the state legislation division advised NDTV.

Mr Ravi’s motion comes days after the Supreme Courtroom got here down onerous on him and his Punjab counterpart, because it heard complaints by the 2 state governments about delays in clearing payments.

The court docket known as the complaints “a matter of significant concern”.

Hours after the payments have been returned, Speaker M Appavu known as for a particular session (on Saturday) during which it’s anticipated that the ruling DMK will ship them straight again, in an try and power Mr Ravi’s arms as it is going to develop into necessary for the Governor to log out on them in order that they develop into legal guidelines.

The Tamil Nadu authorities has accused the BJP-appointed Governor of intentionally delaying the payments’ clearance and scuttling the state’s growth by “undermining the elected administration”.

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In its strategy to the court docket, the ruling DMK stated the Governor’s actions have been “undermining the desire of the folks” by intentionally delaying payments despatched for clearance and requested for a selected timeframe.

Among the many pending payments is one which clips the Governor’s authority to nominate Vice Chancellors of state-run universities, and one other in search of prosecution of ex-ministers from the AIADIMK.

Mr Ravi had earlier additionally returned the NEET Exemption Invoice, after a lot delay, and forwarded it to the President of India solely after the Meeting handed the invoice once more. He adopted an identical stance over a invoice in search of a ban on on-line gaming. “Withholding payments is a courteous method of claiming no…” he stated.

Mr Ravi has additionally stoked controversy in different areas, together with by selling Sanatan Dharm – the topic of a row after Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin’s feedback on caste discrimination.

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He had additionally prevented studying names of activists BR Ambedkar and EV Periyar, and former Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers CN Annadurai, Ok Kamaraj and Ok Karunanidhi, from a speech within the Meeting.

The speech was given to him by the state authorities. Mr Stalin’s authorities later handed a decision to not formally document Mr Ravi’s model of the speech. Earlier, the Governor additionally touched a uncooked nerve when he urged the state title be modified to Thamizhagam.

Tamil Nadu is not the one state to have moved the Supreme Courtroom towards their respective governors.

The others embrace Kerala and Punjab. With regards to the scenario within the latter state, the court told Governor Banwarilal Purohit he is “playing with fire”. This was after senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi stated Mr Purohit had delayed seven payments, together with one fiscal administration and schooling.

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