In last-ditch effort, govt sets heavy reforms agenda to push pending bills

  • Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Feb 19, 2013 02:18 IST

With the upcoming budget session of Parliament widely perceived as the last opportunity for the UPA to push its key legislative business, the government has set a heavy agenda of bills for itself.

Eager to get Parliament's early nod for some of its long-pending legislations that bears political significance, the UPA managers plan to bring the food security and the land acquisition bills during the first half of the session which begins on February 21 till March 22.

The second half is slated from April 22 to May 10.

Apart from the demanding task of presenting the last full budget of the UPA government before the next general elections, the government will also put its maneuvering skills to test to push three crucial financial reforms related bills: the goods and services tax Bill, pension fund bill and the insurance bill.

While the government hopes to introduce amendments to the GST bill and hope to pass the legislation in later part of 2013, finance minister P Chidambaram is believed to be negotiating with the BJP to pass the pension and insurance bills.

Apart from social and financial sector reforms-related legislations, the UPA also hopes to pass the ambitious Lokpal bill.

The government has accepted most of the suggestions of the Parliament select committee, de-linked lokayukta from lokpal and agreed to appoint CBI chief through a selection panel as demanded by the opposition parties.

The revised lokpal bill, however, will have to be passed in both Houses.


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