Parliament panel on land bill gets another extension

NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha today extended the term of the joint committee of Parliament examining the contentious land bill till the last day of the Winter session amid protests by the Opposition.

With this, it has become clear that Parliament will not decide on its passage in this session and any decision will be taken in the Budget session next year which usually begins in February.

Soon after the Question Hour, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said panel chairman S S Ahluwalia had sought a fresh extension as the committee was unable to finalise the report.

He was to move a resolution in the House on November 27 but could not do so as a debate on commitment to Constitution was in progress and no other agenda was to be taken up.

Mahajan said though the resolution was not formally moved in the House, she has granted extension to the committee.

Members from the Opposition, especially Congress, said since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself said that Government will not repromulgate the ordinance on land, which was based on the bill being examined by the Committee, there was no point in extending its term.

The ordinance has since lapsed on August 31. (AGENCIES)


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