Govt manages to get two bills passed without debate in LS

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NEW DELHI: Opposition members tore papers and threw them around as relentless protests by them and other parties disrupted proceedings in the Lok Sabha for the ninth day on Thursday, but the government managed to get two bills passed without debate amid the din.
The proceedings were paralysed as opposition parties, along with ruling NDA partner TDP, stormed the Well as soon as the House met and continued with their noisy protests over a number of issues, including the PNB fraud, special status for Andhra and increase of quota.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan first adjourned the House till noon and then for the day.
However, the government pushed two bills – The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill and The Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, for passage amid this din and the House passed them with a voice vote without debate.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, whose party members were also in the Well, sought a discussion on the bills.
With continuous protests by different parties making the prospect of any discussion improbable, the Speaker went ahead with the proceedings for the passage of bills.
Opposition members were seen tearing papers and throwing them around in protest as the second bill was passed before the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.
Earlier, parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill was an important piece of legislation as he sought the opposition’s cooperation.
The bill notifies the period of maternity leave as part of continuous service and proposes to empower the central government to notify the gratuity ceiling from time to time without amending the law.