New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday night cleared
a bill to check communal violence besides some other
legislations including bringing the one that seeks to bring
parity in perks between ministers and MPs.
The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, approved the re-drafted Communal Violence (Prevention,
Control and Rehabilitation of victims) bill for introduction
in Parliament, sources said.
The decision comes a week after the Government tabled
the Action Taken Report on Liberhan Commission report on Babri
Masjid demolition in which it had promised to bring this bill
Among other things, the proposed measure provides for
enabling the Centre to declare an area in a state as
communally disturbed on its own and send central security
forces without the state`s request. This was based on the
recommendation of Administrative Reforms Committee.
Besides, the bill provides for transfer of cases outside
the state concerned for trial and take steps to protect
The proposals are being criticised in different quarters
including BJP saying it would encroach upon states` domain.
Riding on strong performance by manufacturing, economy
grew by 7.9 per cent, surprising policy makers as well as
economists. Agriculture also came out of contraction to post
0.9 per cent expansion
The stunning growth beat forecasts, including the one by
the Prime Minister`s Economic Advisory panel, which all had
given a conservative figure in the region of six per cent.
The pace of fall in exports have also slowed down in
November at 6.6 per cent from nearly 31 per cent in May.
Jubilations over a surprising growth notwithstanding,
direct tax collection grew by only 3.7 per cent to Rs 1.83
lakh crore in the first eight months of the fiscal, leaving
almost an equal amount to be collected in the remaining four
months to meet the budget target of Rs 3.7 lakh crore.
The Reserve Bank had adopted an accommodative stance to
boost the sagging economy in the wake of deepening of global
financial meltdown in November last year.
However, rising food inflation has prompted many experts,
including PMEAC, to call for a tighter monetary stance by the
Reserve Bank. "Food prices must be controlled, otherwise they
have a tendency to lead to manufacturing inflation...This will
require monetary action by RBI, especially (money) supply
management," PM`s economic panel Chairman C Rangarajan said.
While monetary policy does not have a direct bearing on
bringing down prices of food items, demand for tightening
money supply is directed towards preventing food inflation
from spreading to manufactured items.