NEW DELHI: The new Lokpal bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday and will be taken up for discussion on December 27 during the extended session of Parliament.
The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal on Wednesday said eight hours have been earmarked for discussion in each House.
The bill will be circulated to members before introduction on Thursday after securing the mandatory assent from the President since there was some financial implication in it.
The government has extended the winter session of Parliament for three days from December 27 to 29, after a four-day Christmas break, for facilitating passage of the Lokpal bill.
After its expected passage in the Lok Sabha on December 27, the bill will come up in Rajya Sabha the next day.
Parliament will also discuss the whistleblowers bill and the judicial accountability bill during the extended session.
While the Lok Sabha will discuss the whistleblowers bill along with the Lokpal bill, the upper House will discuss both the bills separately.
The food security bill, which seeks to provide legal entitlement of cheaper foodgrains to over half of India’s 1.2 billion population, will be tabled in Parliament on Thursday, the Food Minister, Mr K V Thomas said on Wednesday.
“We will introduce the food security bill tomorrow,” Mr Thomas told reporters on the sidelines of the annual general meeting of the Indian Sugar Mills Association here.
The Union cabinet, headed by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh on Sunday approved the bill, a pet project of the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council.
“This is the dream project of Madam Sonia Gandhi,” Mr Thomas said.
The bill promises 75 per cent of rural population and 50 per cent of urban households the right to 7 kg foodgrains per person per month, at `.3 per kg for rice, `2 per kg for wheat and `.1 per kg for coarse grains to the priority beneficiaries.
The general category will be provided at least 3 kg of foodgrains per person per month at half the minimum selling price.
It will also provide rations or cooked meals to children under 14 years of age, destitutes, including women and persons on the margins of society.