Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said government was open for discussion on special status being granted to Andhra Pradesh. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley assured the Opposition on Tuesday that the Centre would respond and discuss what it has to do for the state.
On Monday, the Congress party created ruckus in the Rajya Sabha after the government declined to take up a private member bill moved by Dr KVP Ramachandra Rao. Deputy Chairman of the Upper House PJ Kurian cited Parliamentary procedures and assured them that the bill will be taken up for consideration on August 5.
Today again as Rajya Sabha commenced, Congress urged Centre to take up private member’s Bill that would benefit Andhra Pradesh.
To this Arun Jaitley said,”If members want discussion on Andhra and what we have to do for state, we are open for discussion”.
As far as bills are concerned, whether it’s private or Govt there are certain constraints in the Constitution, he said, while adding powers of both the Houses cannot be redefined merely by jumping into the well.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also spoke briefly about a law, which has been cleared by the Cabinet, that will help banks in debt recoveries and improve ease of doing business.