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Land bill unlikely as government fears stormy session
With little hope of getting it passed, the government is rather focusing on re-promulgating the ordinance for the fourth time
 
The monsoon session of parliament is expected to be stormy, which is why the government is likely to put off the controversial land bill this time, sources said on Sunday.
 
The joint parliamentary committee -- which was supposed to table its report on the first day of the monsoon session on Tuesday -- is set to seek an extension of two more weeks to finalise the report, the sources said.
 
"The report will not come immediately... while any final decision will depend on when the report is tabled, the bill is unlikely to be taken up in this session," a Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.
 
With the 19-day session expected to see an uproar over issues ranging from the Vyapam scam to the Lalit Modi controversy, sources said there was a feeling that the land bill will only increase troubles for the government.
 
With little hope of getting it passed, the government is rather focusing on re-promulgating the ordinance for the fourth time.
 
The opposition Congress sent out a warning on Sunday, saying the government must make "scam-accused" ministers resign if it wants to get bills passed.
 
"Hope Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi announces resignations of scam-accused ministers... Passing bills would become very easy," Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Sunday.
 
The list of government business, according to sources, has 35 items, including nine bills pending in the Rajya Sabha and four in the Lok Sabha.
 
Besides, 11 new bills are to be introduced, as per the government's plan.
 
Bills pending in the Lok Sabha include the land bill, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2014, the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2015, and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014.
 
Crucial among the nine bills pending in the Rajya Sabha are those related to GST, the Whistle Blower Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013, and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2015.
 
The new bills which the government plans to introduce include the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, for changes in consumer protection laws; Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, to settle commercial disputes outside courts; the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Services), which seeks to redress their long-pending demand of high court judges of one rank one pension.

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Tremendous corruption in the northeast: Parrikar

Faleiro, who served as the in-charge of the northeast of the Congress for nearly eight years before taking up the Goa assignment last year, had last week attacked the BJP-led government in Goa for dragging residents into a debt trap

 

There was "tremendous corruption" in the northeastern states, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday.
 
"There is tremendous corruption in the northeast. They say a road has been built, but there is no road. The money just disappears," Parrikar said at a Bharatiya Janata Party workers meeting organised as part of a 'mahasampark' campaign in South Goa's Margao town.
 
In an oblique reference to state Congress president Luizinho Faleiro who has returned to Goa politics after a nearly decade-long stint as in-charge of the northeastern states, he said only those who were experts at managing "such things" were posted to the northeast.
 
"They have come back from the northeast. Ask them what they have done in the northeast?" Parrikar said.
 
Faleiro, who served as the in-charge of the northeast of the Congress for nearly eight years before taking up the Goa assignment last year, had last week attacked the BJP-led government in Goa for dragging residents into a debt trap.

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COMMENTS

J Pinto

1 year ago

As usual the pot calls the kettle black or is it the kettle calling the pot black.

Dahyabhai S Patel

1 year ago

Every politician is pointing his finger towards other branding him corrupt!!! Which politician is not corrupt, by mind, by talk and by deeds (manasaa, vaachaa, karmaNaa). Is it possible to occupy the highest position bypassing so many stalwarts in the party without the ample use of money generated through corruption and corruption caused by giving false and unattainable promises?

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