Rajya Sabha clears 4 Bills, blocks 1

The Left parties staged a walkout when Kurien did not allow discussions to take place.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 24, 2015 3:14 am
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On the last day of the winter session of Parliament, the government managed to get four Bills cleared by Rajya Sabha without any discussion. But several of its last-minute attempts to push through some other pending business were firmly thwarted by the Opposition.

The Upper House, which had remained mostly paralysed throughout the session, cleared the Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill, Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, and the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill, all of which the Opposition had agreed to pass in a morning meeting. After some persuasion from the government, the House also passed the Payment of Bonus Act that seeks to give increased bonus to workers with retrospective effect from April 1, 2014.

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But the Opposition blocked the Sugar Cess (Amendment) Bill that proposes to increase the ceiling on production of sugar from Rs 25 per quintal to Rs 200 per quintal. It also refused to entertain a plea to consider and pass the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill.

Many other Opposition members had earlier raised questions over the manner in which the Bills were being hurried through without any discussion.

“Already, suggestions have been made from some quarters that Rajya Sabha be abolished. Are we not helping that cause by passing Bills without any debate or discussion?” Sukhendu Sekhar Roy of the TMC said as Deputy Chairman P J Kurien sought to get the Bills cleared quickly.

The Left parties staged a walkout when Kurien did not allow discussions to take place.

 

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    Kavi
    Dec 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm
    These anti national commies were supportin Congress dirupting and blocking the functioning of Rajya Sabha. When finally some business was transacted, these commies walked out.
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      Amrita
      Dec 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm
      The w country is very angry. The Rajya Sabha is under focus. What about the precedent of not allowing transaction of business in the Rajya Sabha. It is high time that the No work no pay is implemented. These politicians do not have our vote. As to whether discussion should precede page of a bill, it would have been appropriate to say so earlier in the session, not at the closing. And to think that these politicians represent us. As I write this I can hear Rahul hi trying to provoke the people of Amethi. Who takes these folk seriously?
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        Rajesh
        Dec 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm
        We really need a debate over the purpose of the Rajya Sabha. Why do we need an unelected House ?? Either let both houses be elected directly by the people (like in USA) or abolish the RS and let us have only one House like most Indian states. The House is filled with the same corrupt UPA members that the people rejected in 2014. What we have is a strange case of an unelected House basically overruling the verdict of the people in the 2014 general election.
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          Rajesh
          Dec 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm
          What are these fools doing? CONgis were making all kinds of stupid accusations against the govt and now they p the bills without any debate ? So what was the purpose of this drama till now??? And these Left fools were joining CONgress in blocking the House and wasting time and now they cry that they didnt get time to debate. Next time, s, discuss the bills first and p them or reject them. After that you can do your drama about SRK and Aamir, and National Herald case and all other nonsense issues.
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            dineshkaushal
            Dec 23, 2015 at 4:57 pm
            Congress is now behaving as a responsible opposition and is showing that it cares for the country.
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