Apart from the Education Tribunal Bill,which had to be embarrassingly deferred till next session of Parliament,the government had to yield on two more legislations on Tuesday,having to refer them to select committees of Rajya Sabha despite the fact that both of them had been passed by the Lok Sabha.
The Wakf (Amendment) Bill and Prevention of Torture Bill were both referred to separate select committees on the last day of current session on Tuesday following opposition from certain quarters. The Bill,which deals with the management of wakf properties,had been facing sharp criticism from influential Muslim clerics,mainly over provisions that require mandatory registration of every wakf property. So much so that Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had offered to refer it to a select committee even before any party had made such demand in the Rajya Sabha.
The Prevention of Torture Bill,which provides for punishment for public servants responsible for physical or mental torture of any citizen,ran into problems after opposition from the BJP and the Left parties.
Today being the last day of the current session,the government had no option but to refer them to select committees. The Select Committee on Torture Bill will report back to the Rajya Sabha on the last day of the first week of the next session while the one on Wakf Bill has been asked to report back within six weeks.