The Pension Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
As the stand-off between the government and main Opposition BJP was resolved, after an agreement that a discussion on the missing coal files issue would be taken up immediately in both Houses of Parliament, the Government tried to introduce crucial bills in Parliament.
The end to the impasse came after two rounds of discussions that Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had with top BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.
* Government passes Pension Bill
Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that he accepted all but one recommendation made by the standing committee with respect to the Pension Bill.
* Finance minister P Chidambaram says he is confident the opposition will support the Pension bill
P Chidambaram said that 26 states have joined the new pension scheme. He also reportedly expressed confidence that the opposition would support the pension bill.
* CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury also criticised the government on the coal blocks issue
Yechury said that all of us (in the House) are concerned that crucial files are missing. The government must procure the (related) files or their essence from the CAG. He also asked how it was premature to say that the coal files are missing. "Either something is there or nor there. Not everything in the world is maya," Yechury said.
* Around 2.30 pm: Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj asks the government to file an FIR on missing files
Sushma Swaraj, with reference to the missing coal files, said, "The case has been becoming twisted with every passing day. First the scam broke, then we came to know that law minister Ashwani Kumar had made the CBI make changes to the report so as to not implicate the Prime Minister. Consequently, Kumar resigned. Now nearly 200 files have gone missing,” she said.
* Around 12 noon: SP, JD(U) brings up AIIMS reservation issue
The issue of reservations was brought up by the Samajwadi Party and the JD(U).
In a ruling, the Supreme Court had said there should be no reservations for specialty posts in institutes such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Even as Kabil Sibal said in the Lok Sabha that the government’s stand on reservations had not changed,the House was united in its criticism against this order.
(With agency inputs)