Cabinet clears Communal Violence bill
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 03, 2009, 22:43
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 expeditiously.

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 witnesses.

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.


First Published: Thursday, December 03, 2009, 22:43

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