Any bill pending for over 5 years in RS should be considered

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Friday suggested that any bill pending for more than five years in the Upper House should be considered lapsed.He also called for a debate on the rule that provides for automatic lapsing of any bill passed by the Lok Sabha but pending in the Rajya Sabha with the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament. Expressing concern over loss of time due to disruptions, he said the present “dysfunctional, disruptive environment must change” and further weakening of democratic structures cannot be allowed. Naidu said as many as 22 bills, pending in the Rajya Sabha, had lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month and another 33 bills have been pending consideration in the Upper House for years including three that have been pending for more than 20 years. Under the provision of the Constitution, Bills passed by the Lok Sabha during the course of its five year term and pending in the Rajya Sabha get lapsed with the dissolution of the House of the People. Separately, any Bill introduced in the Rajya Sabha remained a property of the House irrespective of the fate of Lok Sabha. “In effect, the Lok Sabha has to take up these 22 bills again for consideration and passing. I am afraid it would take a minimum of two sessions for doing so. And this means that efforts of the Lok Sabha for passing these 22 bills have been rendered waste,” he said, adding bills that lapsed include land acquisition bill, triple talaq bill, Aadhaar amendment bill and Motor Vehicles Bill. Given the implications, “There is a need to rethink the provision regarding lapsing of bills in the Upper House of Parliament,” he said. “I suggest a wider debate on the matter of automatic lapsing of Bills in Rajya Sabha,” he said. Naidu said of the 33 bills pending for years, the oldest pending bill, the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 1987, has been pending for more than 32 years. Two other bills are pending for more than 20 years, six are pending between 10 and 20 years and 14 bills are pending between 5 and 10 years.last_img