NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed three Bills in 15 minutes without any discussion as the Opposition protested against price rise and formation of a Telangana state.
The Bills — to extend relief from sealing and demolition of unauthorised colonies in Delhi till December 2010, make all teachers eligible for gratuity and rename the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme after Mahatma Gandhi — were passed within minutes even as the entire Opposition members shouted slogans. Some of them stood in the well of the House.
The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Bill seeks to extend till December 31, 2010 the special provisions made in view of sealing of commercial premises in unauthorised colonies.
The previous Bill, enacted in March 2009, provided protection to encroachment or unauthorised development in various categories till December 2009.
The National Rural Employment Guarantee (Amendment) Bill seeks to rename the scheme after Mahatma Gandhi.
The Bill also seeks to make it mandatory for the States to pay Rs. 100 as the minimum wage to a person enrolled under the scheme.
The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill aims at amending the definition of an employee in the 1972 legislation for covering teachers in private institutions with retrospective effect from 1997.
The Bills were passed within minutes of being introduced by Ministers S. Jaipal Reddy (Urban Development), C.P. Joshi (Rural Development) and Mallikarjun Kharge (Labour) respectively.