LS passes 2 Bills amid pandemonium

NEW DELHI (TIP): Even as the BJP stalled Parliament for the seventh consecutive day on Aug 30, the ruling UPA managed to get passed two important Bills in the Lok Sabha amid pandemonium. This was the first of piece of serious legislative work since August 22. In the Rajya Sabha, the BJP forced two adjournments at 11 am and noon before it was adjourned for the day at 2 pm. The two Bills were passed even as BJP members entered the Well of the House seeking resignation of the Prime Minister over coal blocks allocation. The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day within minutes of the passing of the two Bills around noon. A Bill regulating chemical weapons in accordance with international convention and another to set up more AIIMS-like institutes were passed with voice vote amid sloganeering by BJP MPs. However, five other Bills-relating to money laundering, banking laws, protection of women against sexual harassment at workplace, North-Eastern reorganisation and the national institute of mental health sciences-could not be taken up. The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012, will replace the ordinance that allowed six AIIMS-like institutes to become operational from September 15. The Chemical Weapons Convention (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Act, 2000, on the prohibition of development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and their destruction

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