Government’s Next Move In The Aadhaar Game Of Chess Is A ‘No’

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By DoThe Best March 14, 2016 14:47

Government’s Next Move In The Aadhaar Game Of Chess Is A ‘No’

Government’s Next Move In The Aadhaar Game Of Chess Is A ‘No’

The government has rejected the opposition’s demand to extend the sitting of the Rajya Sabha by two days in the first phase of the Budget session, nipping its plan to corner it over the Aadhaar Bill, controversially passed by the Lok Sabha last week.

The opposition had in a rare move sought that the Upper House sit for two days extra before breaking for a 39 day recess on Wednesday, March 16.

In a chess-like move, the BJP-led government used its brute majority in the Lok Sabha to pass the Aadhaar Bill as a “money bill” last Friday. This means that the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority, can only discuss the bill, but cannot send it back to the Lok Sabha with changes. Also, the upper house must discuss a money bill within 14 days of the bill being officially received by it, or it will be “deemed passed.”

“The Aadhaar Bill proves how the government, facing heat in the upper house, has decided to bypass it completely,” alleged CPM leader Sitaram Yechury.

The bill is likely to be “officially received” in the Rajya Sabha today, two days before the House breaks for the recess.

The opposition had demanded an extension at the last three meetings of the business advisory committee or BAC which is made up of leaders of all parties, attempting to ensure that the bill is discussed in the Upper House so that it can record its objections to certain clauses and to the bill being presented as a money bill.

There is little time. Much of Tuesday will be devoted to farewell speeches by retiring members. The Rajya Sabha also has to conclude its debate on the Rail Budget by today evening and then take up the Union Budget.

The Aadhaar Bill 2016 seeks to give legal sanction to the unique identification number programme or Aadhaar as a single window to distribute subsidy and other direct benefit transfers.

DoThe Best
By DoThe Best March 14, 2016 14:47
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