In budget session of Parliament 32 bills to be moved
February, 16th 2011
32 bills including the controversial Press and Registration of Books and Publications bill as also the Land Acquisition (Amendment) bill will be introduced in Parliament during the Budget session beginning February 21.
The Press and Registation of Books and Publications bill has been dubbed as 'draconian' by the Indian Newspaper Society, a body of newspaper owners, which alleged the measure has been brought without consulting it.
Trinanmool Congress, which is a key component of UPA, has reservations about the Land Acquisition (amendment) bill as land acquistion is a ticklish issue in assembly poll-bound West Bengal where TC leader Mamata Banerjee is being projected as the next Chief Minister.
The bill seeks to amend the land acquisition Act whose provisions have sparked controversy. It is being brought along with the Rehabiliation and Resettlement bill.
The Equal Opportunity bill, being brought as per the recommendations of the Sachar Committee which went into the plight of Muslims, had been a subject matter of controversy with a number of ministries objecting to its overriding mandate, after which government limited its scope only to minorities.
The Indecent Representation of Women (prohibition) amendment bill and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences bill are among other measures being introduced.
Women's Reservation bill, officially known as the Constitution (108 Amendment) bill, is among the 31 bills being brought for consideration and passage during the three-month session. The bill which has already been passed in the Rajya Sabha, seeks to provide one third reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies.
A decision on the introduction of the bills was taken at a meeting Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had with Secretaries of various Ministries and Departments.