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HP Assy clears three Bills, Sanskrit becomes second official language

Shimla, Feb 16(UNI) Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Saturday cleared three major bills
including a bill to declare Sanskrit as Second Language, name the Medical Univeristy Neharchoke on Atal Behari Vapayee and promote the indigenous breeds of cows on Saturday.
All the three bills were introduced for the discussion and clearance in the house by Irrigation and Public Health minister Mahender Singh Thakur in the absence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The house passed Official Language Amendment Bill 2019 to make Sanskrit as second official of the state without discussion. With clearance of bill Himachal Pradesh became second state in the
country after Uttrakhand to adopt such bill.
Chief Minister on Thrusday laid this bill in the house however today he was not in the house
along with Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar and Food and Civil Supplies minister Kishan Kapoor had gone to Kangra to take part in last rites of martyred solider Tilak Raj who was killed in suicide attack in Pulwama.
Now Sanskrit would be the second official language and shall be used for such purposes from the date HP Government may specify the same by notification.
The state assembly passed bill to rename Himachal Pradesh University of Health Sciences after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Atal Medical and Research University, Himachal Pradesh.
As per the amendments, the Vice Chancellors would hold the office for 3 years and can seek reappointment with consent of Government but not beyond the age of 65 years.
The bill seeks to enhance the retirement age of faculty members to 65 years in newly opened medical colleges at Chamba, Hamirpur, Mandi and Nahan to ensure smooth functioning of these institutions.
The age for seeking re-employment in these medical institutions has also been enhanced to 70 years.
The house also discussed the HP Bovine Breeding Bill to promote indigenous species of cows in the state by setting up sperm stations and using frozen semen in artificial insemination.
CPI(M) member Rakesh Sngha objected to the bill stating that how could sperm bank be maintained
unless state did not have institutions to separate and study spermatozoa within the state. He said that government should concentrate on existing artificial insemination rather diverting funds for the
new projects.
Replying to the objections raised by Mr Singha concerned Animal housebandary Minister Kanwar
Verinder said that sperm banks being proposed under the new act would be separate to the
existing facilities and old artificial insemination schemes of the department would continue as such.
He said that state proposes to use artificial insemination with frozen semen which has been recognized worldwide as the best tool for genetic improvement through dissemination of superior germ plasm.
The government aims to set up sperm stations for better production and distribution of quality semen. These stations would be used for processing, sale and storage of quality sperm produced within or outside state and their regulation.
Under the bill, the bulls of high genetic merit would be used for used for quality semen production as per minimum standard protocol. It also aims to engage best artificial insemination worker for bovine breeding and bring in policy and implement it across state.
The assembly moved resolution to repeal redundant or obsolete Appropriation Acts passed by the HP Vidhan Sabha over the years.
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