Govt sees no reason to alter Office of Profit Bill
Government is likely to introduce it in the "same form" in Parliament during the Monsoon session.india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 17:15 IST
Government sees "no reason" to make any change in the Office-of-Profit Bill, returned by President APJ Abdul Kalam, and is likely to introduce it in the "same form" in Parliament during the Monsoon session, official sources said on Monday.
The Bill will be brought before the Union Cabinet for its clearance soon after the dates for holding of the Monsoon session are announced, the sources said. The session is likely to be held in the second half of July.
"The thinking in the Government is that the Bill should be re-introduced in Parliament in the same form. We feel there is no reason for us to change anything in it," they said when asked if some alterations would be made in the backdrop of the President's suggestions.
The President had on May 30 returned the bill for reconsideration by both the Houses for "comprehensive and generic" criteria. He also wanted that the criteria should be "fair and reasonable" and applicable in a "clear and transparent" manner across all the states and union territories.
Another point on which the President had voiced reservation in his communication to both Houses was about the propriety of applying the law with retrospective effect. He wanted this also to be considered afresh.
The Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill 2006, passed by both Houses in the second half of the Budget session last month, had exempted 56 posts including that of Chairperson of National Advisory Council, an office earlier held by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.