Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal today hit out at the opposition for "obstructing" key legislations in Parliament including a Bill that can help tackle the problem of fake academic degrees.
Referring to the National Academic Depository Bill, currently pending in Parliament, Sibal said that the opposition should not adopt a regressive attitude towards such measures. "...we will request the opposition not to obstruct our Bills.
Because if the country has to move ahead, and it you don't allow the Bills to be passed then the matters that are being raised cannot be resolved," he said.
The National Academic Depository Bill seeks to provide and maintain a national database of academic awards in demat format.
"The way shares are demat, in India all degrees will also be demat. And if degrees are demat, then nobody will be able to give a forged degree to anyone," Sibal said responding to a journalist's query on fake degrees.
He was attending a function at Zakir Husain Delhi College in New Delhi. Earlier in his speech at the college, Sibal also took a dig at Anna Hazare's fast, saying that the college's famous chaat would be made available at Ram Lila maidan so that no one can go on hunger strike.
"A fashion to go on a hunger strike is prevalent these days. So next time Bhai Jumma's chaat will also be available at Ram Lila Maidan," he said referring to the chaat available in the college.
Sibal also made a critical comment on the role of media professionals. "15 per cent gas you have brought to India through gas pipeline and the rest you can get through mass communication. Because what you see on TV channels is gas and not the reality." A speaker who had spoken before Sibal had demanded setting up of a Mass Communication centre at the college.