Government fails to pass three Bills in monsoon session

The concluding day of the monsoon session saw the government fail to pass three important bills -- the Educational Tribunal Bill, the Prevention of Torture Bill and the Waqf Board (Amendment) Bill

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, on August 31, 2010, was forced to retreat on three key Bills in the Rajya Sabha, though all of them had been passed by the Lok Sabha. The Educational Tribunal Bill, the Prevention of Torture Bill and the Waqf (Amendment) Bill stand deferred. 

The latter two were referred to select committees in the Rajya Sabha, while the Education Tribunal Bill was put in abeyance after a Congress member raised a red flag, forcing Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal to defer a decision on its fate until the winter session. 

A day earlier, the government was forced to withdraw three Bills listed for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha -- the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, the Orissa (Alteration of Name) Bill, and the Constitution (113th Amendment) Bill aimed at amending the Eighth Schedule.  

The success was in getting the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill -- a legislation that evoked the hostility of the Opposition -- cleared by Parliament. No such groundwork was done in the case of the other pieces of legislation.  

While the Bill to bring reform in the education sector came under attack from members across the political spectrum, the Prevention of Torture Bill also witnessed days of verbal tussles. The Bill seeking to strengthen and improve the management and administration of waqfs too had to be deferred over differences of opinion. 

Source: The Economic Times, September 1, 2010
            The Hindu, September 1, 2010