Govt fails to get AIIMS Bill passed in RS
New Delhi, Sep 3,2012: Government's attempts for passage of a bill in Parliament for setting up AIIMS-like premier medical institutes across the country failed with Left members today raising objections in the Rajya Sabha for passing it without discussion.
After the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012, was moved by Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare S Gandhiselvan for consideration and passage, members of Left parties were on their feet with some CPI-M members even entering the Well.
As BJP continued to raise uproar over allocation of coal blocks by entering the Well, CPI-M members P Rajeev and K N Balagopal also entered the Well raising objections to the manner in which the government wanted the legislation to be passed.
The CPI-M and CPI demanded discussion on the Bill before its passing, while Prasanta Chatterjee (CPI-M) said his party will not allow any legislation to be passed in the Upper House without discussion. D Raja (CPI) spoke on similar lines.
As BJP members continued to raise slogans against the government and demanded resignation of the Prime Minister and cancellation of coal blocks, CPI-M added to the din by raising objections to the AIIMS Bill being passed without discussion.
Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy then told the Left members that the bill has already been passed in Lok Sabha. "What is your problem?".
The government had tried to get the legislation passed earlier during the day, but the Left thwarted the effort. As the uproar continued, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the House for the day.
The Bill, already passed by the Lok Sabha, will replace an ordinance which allowed the six AIIMS-like institutes to get operational from September in Patna, Bhopal, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh. The bill will confer powers upon the Centre to establish AIIMS-like institutions by notification in the official gazette.