Sunday, November 30, 2014

Keen to clear bills, govt ready to give oppn its say in House

Dec 01 2014 : The Times of India (Ahmedabad)
Keen to clear bills, govt ready to give oppn its say in House
New Delhi:

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen that Parliament should run and government business is not disrupted so that legislations can be pushed, parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu has assured opposition parties that all matters they want raised in the House will be accommodated during the winter session.The government has listed the textile undertakings (nationalization) bill to replace an ordinance for Monday's business, and also plans to bring the coal mines allocation bill to replace an ordinance.
Others bills on the agenda this week include an anti-hijacking bill that has death penalty for hijackers, bills relating to repeal of antiquated laws and legislative councils of Tamil Nadu and Assam and the School of Planning and Architecture Bill. The government feels that by giving space to the opposi tion in Parliament, it would be easier to take them along and pass the legislations that it has prioritised for this session. Al so, with Modi keen on creating the perception that Parliament functions properly and conducts its business in order, Naidu and his two new deputies have been working overtime to accommodate opposition demands. Allowing discussions demanded by opposition parties on black money and MNREGA and making suo moto statements on Indian hostages in Iraq and the WTO talks was part of that exercise last week. On the same lines, the government has agreed to discuss riots.
As part of the government's efforts to accommodate opposition demands, Naidu told the business advisory committees of both Houses that within the allocated time on each bill or issue for discussion, opposition and other parties may be given more time than entitled.
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