Intending to pass long-pending legislations on crucial financial reforms and other issues, the government on Thursday kept its option open to extend the monsoon session beyond August 30.
In the all-party meeting, parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath said; “if necessary, we will extend the sitting of the Houses.” His remark came after BJP leader Arun Jaitley pointed out that the government will effectively have just 12 working days with a heavy agenda of 43 bills to be passed during the session.
The government made it clear that its top priority is to get Parliament’s approval for five ordinances including the one on food security. The land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement bill are also high up on the agena.
The government would push for five reforms-related bills — the insurance act amendment, pension (PFRDA) bill, the companies bill, the Direct Tax Code Bill and the forward contracts (regulation) amendment bill.
Although the government has listed a few important anti-corruption measures like the Lokpal Bill and the Whsitleblowers Bill, the paucity of time may prove to be a constraint in passing these bills, feels a section of the Opposition.
In the meeting, BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab pointed out that the Whsitleblowers Bill has been pending for a long time before the House.
Apart from Kamal Nath, finance minister P Chidambaram and home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde too, were represent in the meeting.