Real estate bill delayed again, mysteriously
Delhi :The mysterious delay in listing the long-awaited real estate bill saw an exasperated parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu lodging a strong protest with Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien on Wednesday.
“Sir, what about the real estate bill? I have given notice after notice. I am of the understanding that the government business is decided by the parliamentary affairs ministry and I have been asking for the bill for days together. I don’t know what is happening. I feel sorry for it. The public has been agitating,” said Naidu in what marked an unusual protest by a parliamentary affairs minister.
Naidu, who is also the housing minister, has made five efforts to get the bill listed for “consideration and passing” over the past one month, beginning February 15. He also tried to get the bill included in the business last week, on March 4, with the ongoing week seeing Naidu make the same effort on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Venkaiah emphasised that it was announced on March 4 that the bill would be taken up. His remarks came amid persistent speculation about continued resistance by the powerful builder lobby to the passage of the bill which seeks to set up a regulator for the real estate sector, both residential and commercial.
However, the bill has been stuck in the Rajya Sabha since it was listed in December.