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UPA govt passes 4 key bills during monsoon session

delhi Updated: Sep 08, 2013 02:16 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times
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What the UPA government failed to do in past many years, it managed to do it in four weeks during parliament's monsoon session: it steered four key, long-pending bills to passage, the oldest of which came to Parliament in March 2005.

Altogether 12 bills were passed by both Houses during the session that ended on Saturday.

With the economy slipping to its lowest quarterly GDP growth in recent past the UPA managers were forced to negotiate with the Opposition to push the government's reforms agenda amid showcasing pro-people measures.

Two crucial bills each from both fronts, pending for many years, finally saw the light of the day.

These are: the Companies (amendment) bill, Pension fund (PFRDA) bill, land bill and the food security bill. The original versions of the Companies and the pension bills were introduced in Parliament in August 2009 and March 2005 respectively.

The UPA was struggling with the land bill since December 2007 even as it introduced the ambitious food bill in December 2011.

The UPA's headache on the economy while taking populist steps was amply clear when Congress president Sonia Gandhi said during the food security bill debate, "We know that we need to restore the high growth rate of the economy."

Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath described the session as "successful" although just 12 out of 43 listed bills could be passed in both Houses.

In the last session, only the criminal law amendments bill was passed apart from the budgets. The government, however, failed to pass a few important bills including amendments to the RTI bill and the Judicial Appointment Commission.