No plan to curtail Winter Session,says govt as Lokpal Bill’s fate remains uncertain

Our priority is Lokpal Bill. The Lokpal bill has to be taken up in Rajya Sabha,Kamal Nath said.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 12, 2013 1:17:11 pm

There is no plan to curtail the Winter Session of Parliament ‘at the moment’ as Lokpal Bill is ‘our priority’ and other important business have to be taken up,Union Minister Kamal Nath said on Thursday.

The Lokpal Bill will come up in Rajya Sabha tomorrow and is a ‘priority’ for the government,Nath said.

The Lokpal Bill has been listed in Rajya Sabha’s schedule on Friday but the Parliament has been paralysed since the Winter Session began last week.

Asked about reports that Government is considering adjourning Parliament sine die by Friday,Nath said,”There is no plan at the moment to curtail the session. We have allocated time for other businesses and we have a list of priorities.

“Our priority is Lokpal Bill. The Lokpal bill has to be taken up in Rajya Sabha,and then it will come up in Lok Sabha,” he said.

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs said the government also has to secure the passage of the supplementary demands for grants of the Finance and Railway ministries.

The Winter Session,which started on December 5,is scheduled to end on December 20.

(With PTI inputs)

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