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Eye on key bills, Kamal Nath calls for special meet

After placing the two budgets, the UPA government's focus has shifted to pushing key reforms bills both in social and financial sectors in Parliament.

delhi Updated: Mar 02, 2013 02:13 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji

After placing the two budgets, the UPA government's focus has shifted to pushing key reforms bills both in social and financial sectors in Parliament.

The ruling dispensation seems to have set its eye on land acquisition amendment bill, the flagship food security bill and the pension fund (PFRDA) bill as priority areas and wants their quick passage in the ongoing budget session.

Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath has called a special meeting on March 7 with select political parties to discuss the land bill.

While the Left parties want to return the bill to a parliamentary panel for fresh review, the government is determined to pass it directly in the House.

"We don't think the bill requires to be returned to the panel. We are confident we can pass it as we have already spoken to some political parties," Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh told Hindustan Times. www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/3/02-03-13-pg10a.jpg

According to government sources, BJP president Rajnath Singh, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Nitish Kumar's Janta Dal(United) have no issue over direct passage of the land bill.

To ease the path for the long-pending PFRDA bill that aims to allow 49% FDI in pension fund management, finance minister P Chidambaram had recently called up former NDA finance minister Yashwant Sinha who also heads the standing committee on finance.

The call came as a pleasant surprise for Sinha as he was not on best of terms with Chidambaram for the past few years.

The finance minister had earlier spoken to two leaders of opposition Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj and both of them are believed to have suggested him to open direct channel of communication with Sinha.

The government has also decided to directly pass a long-pending bill to upgrade the state-run Bengal Engineering and Sciences University, Shibpur to a centrally funded institute of excellence, without referring the bill to any parliamentary committee.