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Copies of six ordinances, including land acquisition and coal laid in House

The six Ordinances on land acquisition, FDI in insurance, auction of coal blocks, E-rickshaws, etc.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi |
February 23, 2015 3:11:07 pm

Copies of six ordinances promulgated recently on issues such as land acquisition and coal were on Monday laid in the Lok Sabha amid protests by some members against the trend of using the ordinance route.

The copies were laid by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy on the first day of the Budget session, shortly after President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to joint sitting of both Houses.

The government intends to get bills passed on these ordinances which will expire before the end of the first part of the Budget session on March 20.

As Rudy laid the copies, members of the Trinamool Congress raised slogans demanding “end the ordinance raj” of the government.

The six Ordinances include those on land acquisition, FDI in insurance, auction of coal blocks, E-rickshaws, mines and minerals and amendment to Citizenship Act by merging the status of OCI and PIO Cardse rickshaws.

The Ordinance on coal has been re-promulgated. While Ordinances on land and E-rickshaws are new, bills are pending on other issues in Parliament.

The Ordinance on land acquisition, which entails changes in the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, is being steadfastly opposed by various parties.

As soon as the House met for the day, Trinamool Congress’ Mamata Thakur took oath as a member. She had won the recently-held bypoll to the Bangaon Lok Sabha seat. The bypoll was necessitated following the demise of Kapil Thakur of TMC.

Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra laid a copy of the address of Present Pranab Mukherjee to a joint sitting of the two Houses earlier on Monday.

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