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PM may intervene in Parliament debate on N-deal
December 15, 2006 19:29 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will either reply or intervene in the discussion on the Indo-US civilian nuclear cooperation deal to be held in the Lok Sabha on Monday and in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
Most probably, the prime minister would intervene and not reply to the discussion, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs P R Dasmunsi said on Friday, adding he would inform the press about the actual procedure after Dr Singh's return from Japan on Saturday.
He told mediapersons that the Opposition had given a notice to the Lok Sabha Speaker for discussion on the nuclear cooperation under Rule 184, which entails voting, but the government instead wanted a short duration discussion in both the Houses on the issue.
He recalled that earlier too, the House had had a short duration discussion on the Indo-US nuclear cooperation.
Dasmunsi argued that the agreement on nuclear cooperation had not taken the final shape as yet and hence, a short duration discussion on the subject could suffice.
Asked about the Women's Reservation Bill, Dasmunsi said the government would see to it that the Bill was passed before the completion of its five-year term.
"We would bring the Bill in such a way that it is passed, implemented and the women beneficiaries are elected to the House in the next Lok Sabha and Assembly elections," he said.
About the Sachar Committee report, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister pointed out that it was not a report of an inquiry commission and as such, there was no binding on tabling an Action Taken Report.
The Report was getting due cognizance by a Committee. It could not be taken up for discussion in the House because of frequent disruptions, he added.
Referring to the agenda of both the Houses on Monday, he said the Rajya Sabha would take up the Bills passed by the Lok Sabha, like OBC Reservation Bill and the Tribal Rights Bill. The Lok Sabha would take up the Child Marriage Bill and University Bill on Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.