With the ongoing Budget session of Parliament on the brink of a wash-out and crucial Bills still pending,the government may consider bringing in ordinances for the food security and land acquisition Bills,although the priority remains to get them passed in the remaining part of the House session.
According to sources,no formal discussion has taken place yet. While the first option is to get them passed in this session,going the ordinance route is also an option given how this session is turning out to be, a source said.
With the government embroiled in several controversies and relentless protests by the Opposition over a range of issues,the current session has barely seen any legislative business being conducted. The Opposition has been demanding,among other things,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Law Minister Ashwani Kumars resignation over the latters vetting of CBIs status report in the coal block allocations. Although the government managed to pass the Finance Bill,the BJP has made it clear it will no longer cooperate on any matter.
While amendments to the National Food Security Bill were introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday,no discussion could take place with the Opposition protesting the death of Sarabjit Singh. The government was also unable to take up the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Bill.
Both these proposed legislation are part of the welfare reform agenda of the Congress ahead of Lok Sabha polls due next year.
The two Bills have been hanging fire since 2011 though the government did manage to clinch a broad consensus on the Land Acquisition Bill through all-party meets last month.