New Delhi: Disputing the argument of "policy
paralysis", the government on Thursday came out with a list of
legislative proposals to insist that it had been "pro-active"
and "business-like" with the complaint that these remained
unfilled because of lack of support in Parliament.
Against the backdrop of attack by the industry, Home
Minister P Chidambaram and Parliamentary Affairs Minister
Pawan Kumar Bansal addressed a press conference here to state
that the government had wanted "far-reaching" and "seminal
legislative measures" in different areas, especially in the
crucial areas of finance and business, education and
"The argument that there is a `paralysis` that has
gripped the government is an argument that is patently
incorrect, untenable and absurd. The list of legislative
proposals given above will conclusively establish that the
government has been proactive, business-like and keen to get
the necessary laws on the statue book," he said.
At the same time, he noted that in the system of
Parliamentary democracy, all executive action has to be
supported by law.
"Government can make plans, government can draw up
schemes. However, plans and schemes have to be supported by
laws that contain provisions for funding, administration and
enforcement," he said, adding "Hence, in most cases, executive
action will remain incomplete unless it is supported by
Among the 26 legislative proposals cited were the Lokpal
and Lokayuktas Bill, the Public Disclosure and Protection to
Persons Making the Disclosures Bill, the Judicial Standards
and Accountability Bill.