With the Budget Session of Parliament coming to an end, it has become inevitable for the government to re-promulgate The Right to Fair Compensation, Transparency, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu did not give any clear answer when asked on Wednesday whether the ordinance would be promulgated afresh. Instead, he said that “there is a procedure and precedents” for dealing with the matter. He pointed out that “the Congress has set enough precedents” for the present government, which could be emulated. He recalled that Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House Ghulam Nabi Azad had some time back suggested to the government to re-promulgate the ordinance.
The executive law was first promulgated by the President on December 31, 2014. Article 123 of Constitution empowers the President to promulgate an ordinance when Parliament is not in session. Though an executive order, an ordinance has the same force and effect as an Act of Parliament. However, it has to be endorsed before the expiry of six weeks from the date on which the subsequent session of Parliament begins.
In order to meet this Constitutional requirement, the government had brought it to the Lok Sabha in the first half of the Budget Session.
The Lower House had passed it on March 10, 2015. However, the government did not bring it to the Rajya Sabha, where it was sure of a defeat considering the strength of the parties opposed to it. Rather, it prorogued the Rajya Sabha half way through the budget session to create a situation that Parliament was not in session and then re-promulgated the ordinance on April 3.
As every ordinance has to be replaced by an Act, the government introduced a fresh bill in the Lok Sabha two days back. The bill was referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), headed by BJP member S S Ahluwalia Tuesday evening to enable the government to buy time to put in place its strategy to cope with the Rajya Sabha hurdle. The JPC has been mandated to submit its report on the first day of the Monsoon Session. The challenge before the government is to keep the ordinance alive till then.
Naidu underlined the fact that only one of the six ordinances issued by the Narendra Modi Government had not cleared the legislative test yet. The rest had been all passed by both Houses.
Rajya Sabha names 10 members for panel on land bill
NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday named ten members including Digvijaya Singh of Congress and TMC’s Derek O’ Brien, who will be part of the joint committee of members of both Houses that will look into the controversial Land Acquisition Bill. The panel has been mandated to submit its report on the first day of the Monsoon Session.
The other members are Prabhat Jha and Ram Narain Dudi of BJP, Jairam Ramesh and PL Punia of the Congress, Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party, Sharad Yadav of JD-U, Sharad Pawar of NCP and Rajpal Singh Saini of BSP.
On Tuesday, the Lok Sabha had referred the Bill to a Joint Parliamentary Committee after sustained resistance from the Opposition and its allies Shiv Sena and Akali Dal. ENS