Calcutta, Sept. 12: Trinamul Congress spokesperson Derek O’Brien today lambasted the UPA government for taking credit for a vendor-protection bill that is yet to be approved by the Rajya Sabha.
The Street Vendors (Protection and Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2013, was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.
But even before its passage in the Rajya Sabha, advertisements about the benefits of the bill have been published in several dailies and aired on television channels.
“The way the ads are being floated is absolutely unethical. The bill is half-way…. It is awaiting the consideration of the Rajya Sabha. The way they have advertised it, with minuscule disclaimers at the bottom, shows that they have taken Parliament for granted,” O’Brien said at a news conference at Trinamul Bhavan here this afternoon.
He added that while Trinamul was in no way opposed to the bill, the party was “vehemently opposed to the unethical way” in which the Centre was publicising it. He alleged that the UPA II government had done the same with the food security bill, too.
“If they can advertise a bill before it has got the Rajya Sabha’s consent, they might as well do away with the upper House. They have insulted Parliament by advertising about the bill,” O’Brien said.