A Bill drafted by the Karnataka government on functioning of elite clubs in the State has received severe criticism from the Club office-bearers and members. The government notified the Karnataka Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restriction on Dress and Regulation of Membership and Fee) Bill, 2015, on September 3rd, calling for objections and suggestions.
Of all the aspects in the Bill, two points have drawn the attention of many.
1) The Bill mandates the recreation clubs and trusts to sanction membership to MLAs and MLCs. It also makes it mandatory to give membership to ex-servicemen, people with meritorious contribution in sports and those who have served for the betterment of society.
Many personalities in the cities who are members of various clubs have opposed the proposal to allow legislators to enter the clubs, when a long list of applicants are waiting from years to get membership to various clubs in the State.
2) Yet another proposed amendment is, restricting clubs from imposing dress code to enter the clubs. The Bill says “no person, wearing a veshti (dhoti) reflecting Kannada culture or any other Indian traditional dress, shall be denied entry into any public place, provided the dress shall be worn in a decent manner.”
A House Committee headed by Congress MLA A Manju drafted the Bill. Bill is now before the public, and September 16th is the last date for filing objections and suggestions to the Bill.
Here is where you can send your objections:
Manoj Kumar Meena, I.A.S.
Inspector General of Registration and Commissioner of Stamps and Chief Controlling Revenue Authority,
8th floor, K G Road, Bangalore-560 001.
Ph. No : 91-080-22220672
E-mail ID : firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also mail/ copy the objections to: email@example.com
Read the bill here:
Here is the link to the controversial Bill – http://188.8.131.52/karigr/notification/AmendmentBill-SocietyRegistrationAct1960.pdf
Here’s where you can see the bill: