In a move aimed at greater discussion and scrutiny of proposed legislations,the Cabinet Secretariat has shot off a letter to all administrative ministries calling for circulation of such Bills long before the start of Parliament session in which they are to be tabled.
Ministries/departments will ensure that any legislative proposal sought to be introduced by them in a particular session of Parliament,will be sent to the Cabinet Secretariat at least two weeks before the commencement of the session of parliament after completing all procedural requirements,including requisite inter-ministerial consultations, it said in a recent circular.
Legislative Bills have to be submitted to the Cabinet for approval before they can be tabled in Parliament. However,during the past few sessions,ministries submitted Bills just a few days before they were to be introduced. Concerned by this growing trend among ministries,the Cabinet Secretariat has pointed out that such last minute submission of Bills leads to insufficient discussion within the government. Such last minute requests,invariably leave no scope for scrutiny of proposals,both in the Cabinet Secretariat and the Prime Ministers Office, it said.
In some cases,the required inter-ministerial consultations have not been completed. Reservations on various aspects of such proposals are expressed in the meeting(s) of the Cabinet. The delay,in processing such proposals,coupled with the non completion of inter-ministerial consultations,often result in the postponement of a decision in the matter, the Cabinet Secretariat further said.