After truce in Parliament, Govt hopefulof passing pending Bills barring GST

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Dec 2015 11:22:55


AFTER the truce in Parliament, the Modi Government is hopeful about a substantial portion of pending legislative business being completed in the remaining three days of the Winter Session beginning on Monday.
After disruptions in both Houses, particularly the Rajya Sabha, over the last three weeks, the Government and Opposition arrived at an agreement on Saturday at an all-party meeting called by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari to pass those bills on which there is a general consensus, skipping the contentious GST Bill.
In the Upper House, where the Winter Session has been a near washout so far, 18 Bills are pending. No new Bill could be introduced in Rajya Sabha during the session, while the only one that was passed was the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, which deals with cheque bounce cases. Legislative and financial items entailing 43-and-a-half- hours of business are pending before the House, including key bills like the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill and the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill are to be taken up.
There is a broad political consensus to pass the SC/ST bill, which is a politically-sensitive issue. Apart from it there is also a general consensus to pass the Appropriation Bills, the Anti-Hijacking Bill, the Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill, the Commercial Courts Ordinance Bill and the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill.
The SC/ST Amendment Bill, which was moved in the House on December 14, has already been listed for discussion on Monday.
The Government has also listed two appropriation bills the same day. Two other bills — The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill and The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill have also been listed for Monday. The major bills like The Whistle Blowers Bill, The Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill and the Anti-Hijacking Bill have been listed for Tuesday.
The Opposition is insisting on sending the Whistle Blowers Bill to a Select Committee.


BJD to support GST Bill as Naveen pins hope on Posco project in Odisha


ANNOUNCING his party’s support to the GST Bill, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said he is optimistic about implementation of the Posco project as well as an investment of Rs 1.73 lakh crore during next three years in the State.
“My party (BJD) supports the GST Bill as it is good for the state and also for the country,” Patnaik said while speaking at a round table discussion on “The ease of doing business in Odisha.” BJD has 20 members in the Lok Sabha and seven MPs in Rajya Sabha. Replying to a question on Posco, which has reportedly put its Odisha project on hold, Patnaik said, “Posco has proposed to be the largest FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in the country. I am hopeful of its coming up here.”
Patnaik said that the State Government has taken up the matter related to the Posco project with the Prime Minister.