Rajya Sabha to discuss issue of vacancies in statutory panels

RSTV Bureau

Rajya-Sabha-04052016-400x265After repeated opposition protest over the issue of delay and non-filling up of vacancies in statutory commissions for SCs, STs, Backward Classes and Minorities, there is a strong possibility that the upper house may take discuss the issue on Thursday.

The issued echoed for the third straight day in Rajya Sabha today, with opposition Samajwadi Party and BSP members raising the issue.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, while telling the agitating members that their notices under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to discuss the issue have been rejected, suggested the opposition to can give notice for a short- duration discussion, which will be considered.

Senior SP leader Ramgopal Yadav said such a notice will be given provided the Chair agrees for a discussion tomorrow, while BSP chief Mayawati said that government must answer why constitutional commissions were being made “ineffective”.

Kurien at first said a proper notice should be given which will be considered by the Chair, but when Yadav persisted that the Chair should give an assurance that the notice will be accepted and discussion held tomorrow, the Deputy Chairman said, “OK.”

“You can give another notice for short duration discussion. That can be examined. That can be considered. No problem. But not 267,” the Deputy Chiarman said rejected the Opposition’s 267 rule notice.

Opposition members resumed their places after this and listed business was taken up.

Speaking on the issue, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government was ready to reply to any discussion on the issue. He also added that the vacancies could not be filled up because of the model code of conduct for assembly elections coming into force.

(With inpust from PTI)