Vijayawada: The State Legislative Assembly passed the AP Disha Special Courts For Specified Offences Against Women And Children Bill, 2020 and The AP Land Titling Bill, 2020, by a voice vote.

Home Minister Mekathoi Sucharitha, who tabled the Disha Bill, while explaining its salient features, said that its 2019 version has been replaced by a new one as it has provisions for a speedy trial.

Across the state, 18 Disha police stations were set up and they have obtained ISO certification as women and child-friendly stations. The Disha app has been downloaded 12 lakh times till date, the Home Minister said. The bill was passed by a voice vote and the members welcomed it.

The House also passed the Land Titling Bill which proposes to provide permanent land ownership and settle disputes over boundaries and ownership of land. Revenue Minister Dharmana Krishna Das said that Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy took a historic decision of introducing this bill and the government will distribute land titling pattas once the comprehensive survey is completed. The bill was passed by a voice vote and the members welcomed it.

The House also passed the AP Municipal Laws (Second Amendment) Bill as per Article 197 (1) of the Constitution of India, which proposes to amend the house tax structure by a nominal hike. The Municipal Administration minister said the bill, which was rejected by the Council earlier, was again introduced in the Assembly. The bill was also passed by a voice vote for a second time, while the Opposition took objection to the contents of the bill which were clarified by the minister.

The House also passed the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2020, tabled by Energy Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy. The minister explained the amendments of the bill and it was passed by a voice vote.

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