Uttar Pradesh: Bill seeking recovery of damages from protesters to be tabled soon

On this Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh government will table 17 bills in the assembly to replace mandates declared after the last session of the state legislature. These proposals include the Uttar Pradesh Recovery of Damages to Public and Private Properties Bill, 2020. It is related to putting up posters/hoardings by protesters and recovery of damages caused to public/private property during political agitations/processions or rallies.

Earlier, the state government announced the Uttar Pradesh Recovery of Damages to Public and Private Properties Ordinance, 2020, this year, amidst the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests.

The bill to substitute the ordinance seeks to empower the government to make protesters and riot instigators pay for the damages caused to both public and private property.

It aims to grant powers to the government, using which they can make protesters and rioters pay for the damages caused to public and private property. The state government has set up two benches in Lucknow and Meerut to review the cases of property damage during the protests under the provisions of the ordinance.

Opposition chief Ram Govind Chaudhary of Samajwadi Party, said that as there was no provision for an appeal in a civil court, fronting the tribunal’s orders. Hence, his party will be opposing the bill in the assembly.

The state legislature’s monsoon session began this Thursday, and the state government proposed to table the bills in the state assembly on Friday. It was decided to take up Friday’s schedule on Saturday as the House was adjourned after commiserating the death of Janmjeya Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Deoria (Sadar) previously that day.

The state government also proposes to repeal about 60 laws that have become irrelevant over the years. A bill in this interest is likely to be tabled in the state assembly besides other bills.