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Oppn slams Centre for ordinance route on FDI in insurance, coal

The NDA government on Wednesday came under fire from the Opposition for taking the ordinance route for key insurance and coal sector reforms and was accused of “bulldozing” the democratic process.

The CPI(M), which cautioned against imposing an authoritarian manner of parliamentary functioning, even wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee urging him not to approve these measures cleared by the Cabinet, a day after the Winter session of Parliament was adjourned sine die.

The Cabinet cleared the Ordinance to increase FDI cap from 26 to 49 per cent in the insurance sector and re-promulgated the Ordinance to allow resumption of coal block allocation.

Both the measures could not be taken up in Rajya Sabha in the Winter Session that was marred by disruptions over religious conversion and other issues.

“Trinamool Congress slams the government for taking the Ordinance route. It is extremely unethical to avoid and bypass the democratic process. What value does it serve to bulldoze the democratic process?,” TMC spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien told PTI in Kolkata.
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