Trinamool cautions govt on FDI issue

The Railway Minister complimented the Prime Minister for suspending FDI decision saying "without standing on any prestige issue, you have listened to the voice of the people."

Last Updated: Dec 07, 2011, 18:03 PM IST

New Delhi: As the logjam over FDI in retail
ended, UPA`s key partner Trinamool Congress, which had sided
with the Opposition, on Wednesday cautioned the government on making
any "hasty attempt" to bring the bill without a discussion on
the "big ticket" issue.

"No hasty attempt should be made to reintroduce the bill.
This is a big ticket item and this needs to be talked about,"
TMC leader and Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said, adding
the "problem" could have been averted if there had been a
proper communication.

"I think there is no harm in this. Once you talk to the
people, you know the pulse of the people and pulse of the
people is democracy," he said.

"I personally attribute this particular problem due to
lack of effective communication at all levels," Trivedi said
in reply to a query.

The Minister said "more than half of the problems
start due to lack of effective communication."

Asked if government should have a coordination committee
on lines of the UPA-I, Trivedi said, "When mandate is
fractured, decision-making process is slower. However, the
big ticket items the Government would like to introduce, it
becomes difficult because you have to consult more number of
people and political parties."

The Railway Minister complimented the Prime Minister
for suspending FDI decision saying "without standing on any
prestige issue, you have listened to the voice of the people."

Trivedi said now there will be a debate on the FDI
issue and "there has to be some kind of mechanism that you
talk to everybody. And it is quite possible that after talking
to everybody, you take a decision."

PTI