Wal-Mart has an easy day
During the discussion on the motion moved under Rule 184 that entails voting, BJP questioned government motives behind allowing 51% FDI in multi-brand retail. Trinamool Congress, AIADMK, TDP, CPI and CPI(M), SAD, Shiv Sena, BJD and JD(U) also spoke against the government’s decision, alleging it would hurt small retailers in India and lead to loss of jobs and price increases.
Several reform Bills are listed for the winter session, which is nearly half way through. These include the insurance Bill seeking to increase the FDI limit from 26% to 49% – the move could address capital constraints in the sector which needs an estimated $10-12 billion for expansion – and the pension Bill allowing FDI up to the same level in pension. Other Bills listed for consideration include the Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill, which will pave the way for the Reserve Bank of India to start issuing new bank licences, and the Companies Bill that seeks to usher in a regime of non-intrusive regulation of corporates, balanced with greater shareholder democracy and more disclosure requirements. Legislation regarding tax reforms (the GST Constitutional Amendment Bill and Direct Taxes Code) and an industry-friendly Land Acquisition Bill are also listed for passing. Key governance reforms – the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill as also the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill for reservation to SC/ST in government jobs – are also on the winter session’s agenda. The
Be the first to comment.