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OoP Bill to be tabled on Tuesday

Once the Bill is passed, 46 offices, including that of the chairperson of the NAC, will no longer be offices of profit.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 13:55 IST

The Office of Profit Bill, an issue over which several Parliament members had resigned, will be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Once passed, 46 offices, including the post of the chairperson of the National Advisory Council, will no longer be offices of profit.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had resigned from this position as well as a Lok Sabha MP following the controversy over the issue.

The BJP-led NDA is expected to oppose the move even though the Bill includes several posts held by the Opposition and the supporting Left.

About 40 MPs, many of them from the Left parties, and 200 MLAs, are facing disqualification petitions.

Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that the Government would look at all problems relating to the controversy and would find a possible solution.

Asked whether there was any proposal to do away with the office-of-profit clause, he had said, "These are all the issues which will have to be examined in the light of the developments."

On the status of the National Advisory Council (NAC) from where Sonia Gandhi resigned as chairperson, he said that the NAC had rendered an excellent service. It had drawn the Government's attention to neglected areas in the social sector.