Focused on passing the finance bill, the UPA plans to push other bills to the second week of May. Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said the finance bill — a constitutional obligation — will be passed during May 7-8.
On Thursday, the Lok Sabha will take up discussions on demand for grants of the health ministry, as a part of the
budget process. Bansal informed that discussions on urban development, home and commerce
ministry will take place on April 30, May 2 and 3, respectively.
The government has 40 bills pending before Parliament for passage. But sources in the government admitted that only a few of them can be taken up during this session. A section of the UPA is not very hopeful about the passage of the Lokpal bill during this session.
“We are not specifically anxious about passing the Lokpal Bill in this session,” said a top minister.
The UPA floor managers have planned the guillotine on the discussion on Demands for Grants in Lok Sabha on May 3 as finance minister Pranab Mukherjee is slated to leave for Manila to participate in the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank.