Sibal holds talks with MPs over key pending bills

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has held discussions with several MPs, both from Congress and its allies, for smooth passage of these legislations in the Winter Session of Parliament.

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2011, 18:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Concerned over delay in enactment
of key bills relating to reforms in higher education, HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal has held discussions with several MPs,
both from Congress and its allies, for smooth passage of these
legislations in the Winter Session of Parliament.

"He (Sibal) held discussion last week with as many as
nine MPs over the weekend to clear any doubts in their mind
about the bills and the impact the legislations will bring
about in the higher education sector," said a HRD Ministry
official.

As many as 12 bills are pending in Parliament at present.
The meeting assumes significance in light of the fact
that MPs including those from ruling Congress itself have
raised doubts over certain provisions of key bills which led
to their deferment.

The Government had to face embarrassment in the Monsoon
Session during the passage of IIIT D&M, Kancheepuram Bill,
2011 in Rajya Sabha after Congress MP J D Seelam demanded
reservation for SC/ST and OBC students in the institute.

This had prompted the BSP, RJD and LJP along with the
Left parties to seek proper discussion on the Bill.

The Educational Tribunals Bill 2010 was also deferred in
the Monsoon Session last year after Sibal`s colleague Keshav
Rao wanted Sibal to honour parliamentary committee
recommendations.

Officials said in the light of these objections, Sibal
reached out to his own party colleagues. He also intends to
hold discussions in this regard with the opposition parties
before the Winter Session expected to begin next month.

PTI