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Updated: August 23, 2013 23:19 IST

Food bill to be taken up on Monday: Kamal Nath

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath speaks to media at Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday.
PTI Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath speaks to media at Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday.

Food Security Bill, which could not be taken up despite being listed in Lok Sabha’s business for nearly a week, will come up for discussion and passage now on Monday.

“The House will function tomorrow (Saturday). But a large of members and leaders have stated that they are going to be away... Many members and leaders want to speak on the Food Security Bill,” he told reporters outside Parliament House.

“So they have requested the Speaker that the Food Security Bill should not be taken up tomorrow, but on Monday. So the Bill will be taken up on Monday,” he said.

However, there will be no sitting of Rajya Sabha on Saturday.

Parliament has witnessed disruptions blocking passage of the Bill.

Asked about extension of the session beyond August 30 when it is scheduled to end, the Minister said Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs will meet soon to decide on the issue.

According to Parliament sources, moves are afoot to extend the Monsoon Session till September 4.

To a query, the Minister said the Speaker will fix a date for the debate in Lok Sabha on the issue of missing coal files.

On the protest of some of the suspended Seemandhra MPs in the House, Mr. Nath said, “What happens in the precincts of the House has to be decided by the Speaker.”

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