The government Monday listed a total of 39 Bills, with top priority to six anti-corruption legislations being pushed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. These are the Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, 2011; the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010; the Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of Grievances Bill, 2011; the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Official and the Officials of Public International Organisations Bill, 2011; the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013; and the Public Procurement Bill, 2012. The session, convened mainly for vote-on-account and interim Railway budget, will have 12 sittings between February 5 and 21 during which the government also plans to introduce crucial legislations like Communal Violence (Prevention) Bill and the Women’s Reservation Bill.
Pushing for the Telangana Bill, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said it “will not go away. It was in the 15th Lok Sabha, it will be there in the 16th Lok Sabha, till there is finality”.
He said the Bill has to be voted for or defeated, “otherwise the problem will spill over to the next Lok Sabha as there will be 17 MPs from Telangana region and 25 from Seemandhra region, whichever party they may belong to”.