The second term of the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) has at best been a mixed bag with several of its key recommendations yet to see the light of day. According to its recent report for the period of June 2010 to July 2013,a substantial number of policy recommendations are still under consideration by the government,including the crucial Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Repatriation) Bill,2011.
The NAC had submitted drafts of two new legislation during its current tenure the National Food Security Bill and the Communal Violence Bill. While the former,though a diluted version,has been notified as an Act by the government,the latter is still under consideration even though the NAC submitted its draft in July 2011,according to its latest stock-taking report.
In its previous tenure from 2004-06 at the time of UPA I,the NAC was pivotal in the enactment of landmark legislations like the RTI Act,NREGA and Forest Rights Act. Among the amendments recommended by it,those relating to the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act,1986 submitted in December 2011 moved a step forward with the government introducing the amendments through the fresh Bill in the Rajya Sabha in December 2012. The Bill was,however,then referred to the Standing Committee and no further progress has been made so far. Amendments to the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act,1996,submitted in December 2012 are still under inter-ministerial consultations while those to the Forest Rights Act,2006 were notified a year after the NAC submitted them.
Other proposed amendments to some existing legislation have been incorporated by the government in the form of new legislation related to land acquisition,manual scavenging,sexual harassment of women at workplace and rights of street vendors.