New Delhi: Lok Sabha today passed within few
minutes a bill on minority educational institutions and
another on energy conservation without any debate because of
uproar over a remark by a Trinamool member against a Left MP.
The bills -- National Commission for Minority Educational
Institutions (Amendment) 2009 and Energy Conservation
(Amendment) Bill 2010 -- were put to vote even as BJP members
protested the way these were rushed through by Speaker Meira
Chanting slogans like "this is murder of democracy", BJP
members said there was no order in the House. Their objection
came as Left members trooped into the well to demand apology
from Bandopadhyay for making certain expletive remarks against
Acharia earlier in the day.
Left members were continuously raising slogans and later
they staged a dharna in the well.
The National Commission for Minority Educational
Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2009 was introduced earlier in
the previous Lok Sabha, but later lapsed as it could not be
passed because of stiff opposition from the Left.
The bill is aimed at paving the way for setting up of
minority educational institutions.
The Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill 2010 introduced
on March 8 by Sushilkumar Shinde was also passed. The bill
aims to confer powers to Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to
fix the criteria and procedures for accreditation of energy
The bill empowers the BEE to appoint its officers and
staff to accredit energy auditors, a job presently done by
It also empowers the central government to prescribe, by
rules, the procedure for issue of energy saving certificate to
designated consumers and the value of metric ton of oil
equivalent of energy consumed.
It levies additional penalty for failure to comply with