STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 25 August
As the stage is set to take up the hyped Food Security Bill in Lok Sabha tomorrow, the Congress party is leaving no stone unturned for early passage of the same and other Bills and has issued a three-line whip to its members for the entire week.
The members have been asked to be present in the House and support government business on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Parliament will not have a sitting on Wednesday due to Janmashtami.
The consideration of the Food Security Bill, described by the Congress as “game changer”, could not be taken up despite being listed in Lok Sabha’s business last week due to regular disruptions over Telangana, Coalgate "missing files" and other issues.
Though the lower House of Parliament functioned yesterday, in lieu of a holiday, the Food Bill was not listed as opposition parties wanted it to be debated tomorrow.
If Lok Sabha gives it a nod tomorrow, the Bill could be taken up by the Upper House on Tuesday, sources said.
“We hope the Food Bill will be passed in parliament on Monday or Tuesday,” Congress spokesperson Mr P C Chacko said. Even as the ongoing monsoon session of parliament is scheduled to end on 30 August, government sources have indicated that it would like to extend it to 5 September to pass important government Bills.
After the naming of 12 members from Andhra Pradesh for disruptions over the Telangana issue, normalcy had prevailed and Lok Sabha passed as many as three Bills yesterday.
“The BJP wants the Parliament to run smoothly; but because of the Congress there were many disruptions. Yesterday, when the Congress people did not create any problem in the House, we were able to pass the Bills,” BJP spokesperson Mr Shahnawaz Hussain said.
“We want to include the Chattisgarh model in it. The suggestions given by Mr Narendra Modi in his letter to the Prime Minister also need to be included,” he said, adding if the Centre accepts the changes, “it will be good and the Bill can easily pass”.
Besides the Food Bill, other major Bills coming up for consideration this week include Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011.