Shashi Tharoor takes dig at politicos for resisting bill on education
“Some of the bills have been held up by their resistance. And lets be very blunt. Many of our politicians are in the education business and tend to resist reform measures that might threaten their privileges,” he said.
Tharoor said he was referring to bills already vetted and just need to be introduced (in Parliament) and voted. But there was not enough time due to frequent disruptions, he said.
Citing an example, he said the government had 25 bills listed for consideration and only three could be passed (last year) as the rest of the time was wasted in disruptions.
He was speaking at a conference.
Tharoor pointed out that many bills not voted upon are politically non-controversial. “Unfortunately the backlog might tend to bills getting lapsed, resulting in all the hard work put in coming to nought,” he said.
He urged the Opposition to behave responsibly to put their point of view across and “not disrupt functioning of the people's chamber”.
Tharoor was responding to a query on various legislations the UPA government had tabled in Parliament, but were pending for years due to lack of political consensus.
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