Monsoon Session now likely to start only after Aug. 15

With no substantive politically-sensitive bill now on the UPA government’s agenda and the food security ordinance already promulgated, it appears that the government is in no hurry to convene the Monsoon Session of Parliament. Sources say the session may now begin only after August 15, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort (his last address before the general election), is likely to focus on his government’s resolve to make India a “hunger-free country”.
A source said: “While no final decision has been taken on convening the Monsoon Session, there is no hurry among government managers. A section in the government feels the session could even start in early September.”
The Monsoon Session usually begins in the third week of July and is spread over a month. The earlier plan to convene a special session in early July was given up after the Cabinet decided to promulgate an ordinance on the food security measure. A section of the government too had earlier pitched for a special session to pass the Food Security Bill that was seen as a “game-changer” for the Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The government plans to bring forward several key bills — including the Land Acquisition Bill, Insurance Bill, Pensions Bill, Companies Bill and Direct Taxes Code Bill — that will give the sluggish economy a boost. “But these don’t carry much political weight, particularly when we are in an election year”, a source said.
The PM’s Independence Day speech, he added, will be “fully loaded” with the UPA’s achievements, including “how the Opposition thwarted attempts to enact the food security law and how his hands were tied to promulgate the ordinance”.

Post new comment

<form action="/comment/reply/241491" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="comment-form"> <div><div class="form-item" id="edit-name-wrapper"> <label for="edit-name">Your name: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="60" name="name" id="edit-name" size="30" value="Reader" class="form-text required" /> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-mail-wrapper"> <label for="edit-mail">E-Mail Address: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="64" name="mail" id="edit-mail" size="30" value="" class="form-text required" /> <div class="description">The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.</div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-comment-wrapper"> <label for="edit-comment">Comment: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <textarea cols="60" rows="15" name="comment" id="edit-comment" class="form-textarea resizable required"></textarea> </div> <fieldset class=" collapsible collapsed"><legend>Input format</legend><div class="form-item" id="edit-format-1-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-1"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-1" name="format" value="1" class="form-radio" /> Filtered HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Allowed HTML tags: &lt;a&gt; &lt;em&gt; &lt;strong&gt; &lt;cite&gt; &lt;code&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;dl&gt; &lt;dt&gt; &lt;dd&gt;</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-format-2-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-2"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-2" name="format" value="2" checked="checked" class="form-radio" /> Full HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> </fieldset> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-2d15af11f932b2fe14411f6e384831af" value="form-2d15af11f932b2fe14411f6e384831af" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-comment-form" value="comment_form" /> <fieldset class="captcha"><legend>CAPTCHA</legend><div class="description">This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.</div><input type="hidden" name="captcha_sid" id="edit-captcha-sid" value="80419671" /> <input type="hidden" name="captcha_response" id="edit-captcha-response" value="NLPCaptcha" /> <div class="form-item"> <div id="nlpcaptcha_ajax_api_container"><script type="text/javascript"> var NLPOptions = {key:'c4823cf77a2526b0fba265e2af75c1b5'};</script><script type="text/javascript" src="http://call.nlpcaptcha.in/js/captcha.js" ></script></div> </div> </fieldset> <span class="btn-left"><span class="btn-right"><input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-submit" value="Save" class="form-submit" /></span></span> </div></form>

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.