RS to debate it on Monday

BILL ON QUOTA IN PROMOTIONS

ANIL ANAND

New Delhi, Dec 13: The controversial Bill providing reservation for SC/ST candidates in promotions will finally figure in the Rajya Sabha and voting is likely to take place on Monday.
 The non-introduction of the Bill had become a major issue which resulted in BSP chief Ms Mayawati taking on the Rajya Sabha Chairman and blamed her for not ensuring proper functioning of the House.
 Preliminary discussion on the Bill was held in the House on Thursday despite opposition from Samajwadi Party. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that he will ensure that the "quota Bill" is also cleared by the Lok Sabha before this session of parliament ends on December 20.
 The Bill has become a bone of contention between BSP and SP, the two parties giving outside support to the UPA Government, and has become a headache for the Government. It will be a tightrope walking for the UPA dispensation to ensure support of the warring parties.
 The Samajwadi Party says the move to reserve promotions is unacceptable; Ms Mayawati says it's essential; the main opposition party, the BJP, is reportedly willing to support the legislation with some amendments.
 "Reservation should not be implemented in a manner that it allows reverse discrimination," said BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
 The Rajya Sabha witnessed heated exchanges on the issue Samajwadi Party MPs tried to prevent a debate on the Bill by shouting and trying to disrupt proceedings, a strategy that had worked until today in forcing adjournments of the House, effectively paralyzing the Rajya Sabha. But the presiding officer, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, took firm action against the cacophonous Samajwadi Party MPs. He asked two of them to leave the House and warned that they would be evicted if they did not oblige. Finally, in protest, all nine Samajwadi MPs walked out and the debate on the proposed legislation began.
 Neither Yadav nor Mayawati participate in the government at the Centre, but provide external support to the shaky coalition. Last week, they rescued the government, facilitating an important victory in Parliament on the contentious decision to allow foreign supermarkets into India.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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