Congress objects to ICWA bill

NEW DELHI, NOV. 27. The Congress today took strong exception to the Bill, seeking to declare Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), as an institution of national importance, introduced in Lok Sabha by the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh.

Objecting to the introduction of the Bill which seeks to replace an ordinance, Mr. Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi (Cong.) said as it was being run by the Congress, the Government wanted to takeover on the dictates of RSS.

Taking exception to this remark, Mr. Singh, however, said the Bill was only in the introductory stage and the House could only question the competence of introducing it.

The Bill seeks to replace the ordinance to check further deteriorating of this important institution and to provide for its revitalisation.

According to the statement of objects and reasons, since 1981 there was a marked deterioration and in consequence the institution started losing its stature.