Land, GST bills left out by House

Parliament_House_Generic_Reuters_650Parliament budget sessions came to an end without giving assent to the crucial and prestigious land acquisition bill and GST bill over which the Opposition raised lot of dust in the House. Several other bills however were passed. On the last day for the first time in 36 years the Rajya Sabha approved a private bill on the rights of sex change. The Parliament also gave assent to Indo-Bangladesh border agreement. Amendment to companies act was also approved by a voice vote in the RS. Government informed that this bill would facilitate improving the trading climate.

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The negotiable instrument act amendment bill, which aids the drawer in the invalid cheques cases, was passed in the Lok Sabha. But BJP members raised objection to it saying that it would help corporate companies to fleece the common citizens. The LS gave approval to amendment to vigil blowers protection act amidst protests. But the Opposition demanded that this bill be referred to the Parliamentary standing committee. However, Minister for staff discipline Jithendra Singh said that it has already been sent to the said committee. He also said that Sonia Gandhi spoke on it. She also intervened demanding a better and stronger bill. The minister informed that details of vigil blowers would be kept secret and safe in a sealed cover. This time Lok Sabha worked for 117 percent more than the normal time and RS too did for 101 percent.

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