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Govt keen on tabling Lokpal, reforms bills

Curbing corruption and reforms will dominate the UPA government's legislative agenda in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. HT reports. Other bills on agenda

delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2011 01:27 IST
HT Correspondent

Curbing corruption and reforms will dominate the UPA government's legislative agenda in the upcoming winter session of Parliament.

While the passage of the Lokpal Bill-currently under review by a parliamentary standing committee-is the prime target of the government, it has also set eyes on the bills on pension reforms, prevention of money laundering, national land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement and food security.

The session will be held from November 21 to December 23.

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In the last parliament session, the UPA could table only 14 bills against the target of 32 and managed to pass only 10 out of the planned 35.

"Our aim is to take various schemes to their logical conclusions in the next two and a half years of this government. In the last few cabinet meetings, a series of proposals were cleared," information & broadcasting minister Ambika Soni said here on Tuesday.

While the food ministry has been asked to expedite the food security bill, the finance ministry has prepared a set of 10 bills, apart from the supplementary demand for grants for the session. The list also includes the introduction of the Indian Stamp (Amendment) Act to allow IT-enabled systems like e-stamping and reduce discretionary powers of officials.

The government also wants to introduce the amendments to enforcement of security, interest and recovery of debts laws to strengthen banks' abilities to recover debts and reduce the non-performing assets.

Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal will soon hold a meeting with secretaries of various ministries to prepare the final agenda.

The UPA also plans to pass the pension fund regulatory and development authority bill as the parliament standing committee on finance has adopted its report on the bill.