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Politics | Budget session may not feature reform Bills

Politics | Budget session may not feature reform Bills
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First Published: Thu, Feb 12 2009. 01 57 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Feb 12 2009. 01 57 AM IST
New Delhi: The ruling United Progressive Alliance government on Wednesday indicated it will keep the proposed reform legislations, including the insurance and banking regulation Bills, off its agenda in the budget session that begins on Thursday. Both houses of Parliament are expected to discuss the multi-million fraud at Satyam Computer Services Ltd and job retrenchments in the wake of the economic slowdown in the two-week-long session.
“The interim railway budget will be presented on 13 February and the interim budget on 16 February. Both Houses will also discuss Thanks Motion to the President’s address to Parliament, Jharkhand budget (the state is under President’s rule),” parliamentary affairs minister Vayalar Ravi told reporters after an all-party meeting on Wednesday.
The session, which is scheduled to end on 26 February, is expected to pass ordinances on the Central University Bill 2008 (to establish 12 new Central universities and upgrade three exisiting state universities), Central Industrial Security Force (Amendment) Bill, 2008 (to extend CISF cover to private sector industrial units as well as Indian embassies) and High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2008 (to increase the salaries of the judges).
The government will also pass the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2007, which will extend benefit of gratuity to teachers.
The Election Commission is expected to announce the general election immediately after the budget session. The national polls are due before May.
Liz Mathew
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First Published: Thu, Feb 12 2009. 01 57 AM IST