JD (United) MP N K Singh on Thursday demanded an Action Taken Report (ATR) on the President’s customary address to Parliament.
Participating in a Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in Rajya Sabha, Singh said the ATR must contain an account of promises made and the status of implementation.
Singh said the government should adhere to programmes and policies announced. He said the government had announced last year the strengthening of the RTI law, legislation in pension sector regulation and creating a voluntary corps of professionals in all urban areas through National Urban Renewal. But the initiatives remained unfulfilled, he said.
He said the government should show “continued commitment” to implement what had been promised. He said the Constitutional Amendment Bill providing for 50 per cent reservation for women in Panchayat and Local Bodies was yet to be introduced. Likewise, there was no report on increasing jobs for women in the Central Government, he said.
He also spoke of continuity with reference to judicial reforms, model public service law in areas such as health and rural development and quarterly reports on flagship programmes where ministers would publicly report on performance through the media.
BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said the government had run out of ideas and the President’s address was uninspiring. He slammed the government for failing to check price rise, holding talks with Pakistan, flip-flop on the Telangana issue, its counter-terrorism policies and the PoK surrender policy.
“Internal security scenario remains fragile. Condolence for the dead and compensation for those who survive…that seems to be the government’s policy.”
Naidu said government should show no leniency towards Maoists and there should be no question of holding talks until they abjured violence.