Govt plans to introduce 62 Bills

Govt plans to introduce 62 Bills

New Delhi: The Indian government will introduce 62 Bills in the winter session of Parliament that starts on Thursday.

These include the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, the Equal Opportunity Commission Bill, the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Bank Laws) Amendment Bill and the State Bank of Saurashtra (Repeal) Bill.

Parliament will meet 23 times in the 33-day session. The session will be devoted to essential government legislative business, including financial matters relating to the supplementary demands for grants for the year to 31 March with respect to the general and railway budgets and the state budget of Jharkhand, parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told reporters on Wednesday.

Jharkhand is under President’s rule and the state’s requests for additional budgetary allocations have to be approved by Parliament.

The government was, however, non-committal about presenting the Liberhan commission report that investigated the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya, on 6 December 1992.

“The report (of the Liberhan commission) has to be placed along with the action taken report, which is under the purview of the home ministry," Bansal said. “I cannot comment on the tabling of the report."

“The finance Bills are high on the government’s agenda," a minister said, commenting on the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance government’s priorities ahead of the Parliament session.

The minister declined to be named.