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Sachar, panchayati raj reports may be tabled on Monday

NEW DELHI: The tabling of two important reports in Parliament the Sachar Committee report on the status of minorities in the country and the panchayati raj report possibly on Monday, is expected to form the basis of intense discussions in Parliament this coming week.

At separate meetings of the business advisory committees of the two Houses on Wednesday, the Treasury benches, the Opposition and other party leaders set out their priorities and agreed on the business to be taken up from Monday when the winter session will get under way in earnest. With both Houses adjourned for the day on Wednesday and Friday devoted to private members' business, not much is expected to happen this week, though Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi expressed the hope that discussions on panchayati raj, a government priority, or internal security, demanded by the Opposition, could get under way on Thursday.

Four important discussions from now to the end of next week were agreed upon price rise, internal security, sealing of shops in Delhi, and panchayati raj.

"Depending upon the convenience of the Union Home Minister we may start a discussion on internal security in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow [Thursday] itself," Mr. Dasmunsi said, adding that he would be informing the presiding officers on whatever is decided.

Since internal security is a priority for the Bharatiya Janata Party, it seems the Government is keen to get the debate started so as not to give any excuse to the Opposition to stall proceedings. The tabling of the Sachar report is expected to be used by the Opposition to emphasise its view that the Government is busy playing vote-bank politics ahead of elections in Uttar Pradesh.

The Left has made it clear that the issue of rising prices and the agrarian crisis leading to suicides among farmers is the most important issue on its agenda. Mr. Dasmunsi also informed the BAC meetings that the Government would like three Bills to be considered and passed next week the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial (Amendment) Bill, The Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Bill to replace the ordinance on this and The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill.

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