Houses to resume, OoP bill on menu
THE GOVERNMENT on Thursday announced its decision to stick to the earlier parliamentary schedule and reconvene the two Houses on May 10. Several bills, including the legislation on office of profit (OoP), are expected to come up during the session that will conclude on May 23.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister P.R. Dasmunsi said the government would convey the decision to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee. Dasmunsi said the CCPA had asked Defence Minister and Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee to write to all political parties in Parliament and seek their opinions on the proposed bill on office of profit. The legislation will be based on these suggestions.
Dasmunsi said the government had decided not to convene an all-party meeting on the office-of-profit issue since the BJP and the Samajwadi Party had not favoured the move.
The Parliament was adjourned abruptly on March 22, with the government claiming that there was hardly any business to be transacted. Dasmunsi said the government was sticking to the original schedule "since we gave an assurance while recommending the sine die adjournment that we would try to maintain the schedule of the second part of the