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Insurance bill goes to select committee, budget session ends

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 15, 2014
First Published: 00:04 IST(15/8/2014) | Last Updated: 00:10 IST(15/8/2014)

As the curtains fell on its first budget session, the government felt, in Parliament ache din aa gaye hain!

Comparing the performances of the first budget sessions of UPA 1 and UPA2 in 2004 and 2009 respectively with the 2014 session, parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “The Prime Minister is very happy about the effective performance of this session. In the next session, the situation will further improve.”

During the budget session, 20 bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha and 12 bills were passed by both Houses of Parliament.

On the last day, the Judicial Commission Bill was passed by Parliament while the Apprenticeship law — a key step in labour sector reforms—was cleared by Lok Sabha.  While the government was able to push the  reforms-related bills, it had to see another crucial reforms bill — the insurance law amendment bill—being sent to a Select Panel.

The panel will be headed by Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra of the BJP. Naidu insisted the two budgets were “well-received” by the people but termed the Congress attitude on Insurance Bill as “unfortunate”.

The minister said that the absence of a Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha would not affect the selection process of the Lokpal. In case of bodies like the Central Vigilance Commission and the Central Information Commission, Naidu said the laws had a provision that the leader of the largest opposition party would be a member of the selection panel in case there is no LoP.

On the last day too, the tussle between BJP and other parties over communal violence continued. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav accused the BJP of fuelling communal tension in Uttar Pradesh even as he sought to downplay recent incidents of violence claiming they were inter-community disputes and not riots.
(With PTI inputs)

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