Assam Current Affairs - 2019
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President Ram Nath Kovind has Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2015 passed by State Assembly in August 2015. This law aims to reign in rising incidents of witch hunting cases across the state. It was prepared in lines with spirit of universal declaration of human rights, crimes in witch hunting cases cause gross violation of basic human rights.
The law aims to eliminate superstition from society by making such offences under it as non-bailable, non-compoundable and cognizable. It prohibit any person from calling, identifying or defaming any other person as witch by words, signs, conducts or indications. State Government has already notified the Act.
It prescribes stringent punishment, if anybody found guilty. It imposes up to 7 years of jail and fine up to 5 lakh rupees. This provision will come as per Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) if someone is killed after being branded a witch.
It also proposes sentence of 3 years imprisonment if anybody blames a person for natural disasters in a particular locality such as floods, droughts, illness or any death. Cases and offences registered under this law will undergo trail in Special courts which will be set up in consultation with the high court.
Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) in Assam became first oil public sector undertaking (PSU) in India to adopt an online legal compliance system by introducing ‘Legatrix‘. This initiative aims to induce greater transparency NRL’s operations and augment its contribution towards Digital India Mission of the Government.
Legatrix is cloud-based compliance management system to serve as onestop solution for effectively managing organisations legal and regulatory compliances through monitoring control at different levels. It encompasses requirements of laws like labour, IT, taxation, commercial, export-import, corporate laws and other industry-specific laws. It will support risk tracking and compliance on real-time basis along with creation of centralised repository, auto-generated reports and certificates, compliance calendar and immediate updates for legal and regulatory amendments.
Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL)
NRL is public sector oil company in Assam. It is under administrative control of Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. It is located at Morangi, Golaghat district, Assam in India. It is joint venture between Bharat Petroleum (61.65%), Oil India (26%) and Government of Assam (12.35%). It has capacity of 3 million metric tonnes (mmt) per year.