Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Oppn blasts government for passing Finance Bill without debate

Oppn blasts government for passing Finance Bill without debate

"Democracy is being strangled and the bill has been passed in the din", said senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley moved the Finance Bill, 2018, which consists of taxation proposals of the Union Budget, and the appropriation bill, which contains the spending for each department, PTI reported.

The Opposition has jointly lodged a protest with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on the guillotine plan.

They claimed that the government introduced the Finance Bills in the revised List of Business of the House without discussing the matter in the business advisory body.

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The Lok Sabha has failed to transact substantial business on account of frequent disruptions since March 5 when the second leg of the Budget Session of Parliament commenced.

After passage in the Lok Sabha, the two Bills have to go to the Rajya Sabha but because they are money bills, they don't require approval in the Upper House and will be considered passed if the Rajya Sabha does not return them within 14 days. Earlier, too, there was an adjournment till 12 noon.

"Sittings of the House has been disrupted continuously for the past few days. All demands for grands were guillotined without any discussion", he said.

Though the House resumed functioning after an hour the proceedings were stalled again by the protesting members forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day and will resume on Wednesday.

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Mahabubabad Lok Sabha member A Sitaram Naik wondered why the Centre was adopting different approaches for different States.

Reading the obituary reference, Naidu said Samy, who represented Puducherry in the Upper House from July 1977 to July 1983, died on February 2 at the age of 83 years.

AIADMK lawmakers demanded setting up of Cauvery Water Management Board while Telugu Desam Party members and YSR Congress Members carried placards demanding Special Category status for Andhra Pradesh. The government, however, is agreeable to debate on the issue without voting with the caveat that all scams which took place in Independent India would be discussed.

"Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi spoke on democracy outside the Parliament but don't practise it", he said, adding that the ruling party has issued a whip to its members to ensure their presence during passage of important bills.

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"We are ready for all types of discussions and making efforts to run house smoothly for last one and half week, " Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said.

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