Govt es­capes by a whisker ‘job or dole to all’ bill

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The Gov­ern­ment had a very nar­row es­cape from the em­bar­rass­ment it would have faced to pro­vide em­ploy­ment or un­em­ploy­ment al­lowance to all cit­i­zens above 18 as sought in a pri­vate mem­ber’s Bill in the Ra­jya Sabha on Fri­day.

Most of the mem­bers had al­ready left by the time vot­ing took place on the Bill brought by Vishamb­har Prasad Nishad of the Sa­ma­jwadi Party be­cause of no House for the next three days and the gov­ern­ment had tough time to run for the rul­ing mem­bers. It, how­ever, re­laxed as the Bill was re­jected by 21 votes in favour and 18 against in the di­vi­sion sought by Nishad.

He in­sisted on vot­ing and re­fused to with­draw his Bill as it nor­mally hap­pens with the pri­vate mem­bers’ Bills when Labour Min­is­ter San­tosh Gang­war spelled out the gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives to cre­ate jobs and urged the mem­ber not to press for his Bill which has good in­ten­tions but dif­fi­cult to be im­ple­mented.

When Nishad per­sisted, Gang­war said: “Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to cre­ate new av­enues of em­ploy­ment, but the fact re­mains that the right to em­ploy­ment sought by the mem­ber is not a fun­da­men­tal right that ought to be ful­filled by the gov­ern­ment.” Where are two crore jobs ev­ery year that the BJP promised in its man­i­festo, he asked.

Deputy Chair­man P J Kurien knew a thin at­ten­dance in the House can cre­ate a prob­lem to the gov­ern­ment and hence he wanted to re­ject the Bill by tak­ing a voice vote, but Nishad in­sisted on di­vi­sion to let the heads be counted in sup­port and op­posed to his Bill. He fi­nally lost when the Bill was de­feated by three votes.

He said he had brought the bill so that “any cit­i­zen of the coun­try who has at­tained the age of 18 years should have a right to em­ploy­ment and if he does not get it, there should be a pro­vi­sion of un­em­ploy­ment al­lowance which should be de­cided by Par­lia­ment.”

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