The colossal claims of the Union Government on adopting a steadfast attitude to bring about reforms have been proved a damp squib in the ongoing winter session of the Parliament. While the Centre has failed to introduce two important bills in the winter session, the other two have been turned down by the Parliamentary Committees. The Union Government is itself accountable for humiliation in both the houses of the Parliament for failing to introduce the Copyright bill and the Commercial Division of High Court Bill. If the question on conflict of interests arises while Human Resource Development Minister presents the Copyright Bill, the Opposition cannot be held accountable on the issue. The half-baked preparations of the Union Government in this regard have been exposed by the move of Union Law Minister to roll back on his stand on the Bill for the establishment of commercial benches in High Courts.  Whatever be the Centre’s opinion on the Unique Identification bill and the LIC (Amendment) Bill, the rejection of both these bills by the Parliamentary Standing Committee has ensured that their approval will take a longer duration. At some stage or the other, the gratuitous delay will have an adverse impact on the future policies of the Union government. Now it is certain that all the bills which were earlier assured to be passed in the winter session may not see the light of the day in the ongoing session. The introduction of the Companies Bill in the Parliament recently, is a befitting example of government’s sluggish approach towards the presentation and approval of important bills. The Companies Bill is a modified form of legislation introduced in 2009. Is it not strange that the Centre took two long years to modify a bill? This is not the sole example in isolation on the Union Government’s laid back approach.  There are several examples which underline the Centre’s lack of willpower to deal with the issue. Whenever fingers are pointed towards the shortcomings, the Union Government is quick to come up with an alibi in self defense. For its each mistake, the Centre is quick to hold the Opposition responsible and if this move fails to do the trick, the Union Government starts narrating the limitations of a coalition.

The Opposition may not have a holier-than-thou image, but that does not mean that the Centre will not accept its erroneous decisions. The delay in the Judicial Accountability Bill is also an outcome of Centre’s slothfulness. Ironically, the commitment for the approval of this bill was made in the first tenure of the UPA, but it is still unclear whether it will be cleared in the ongoing winter session or not. Though the Cabinet has given the approval to Judicial Accountability Bill, Civil Code and Whistleblower Bill, it cannot remain content with the minor achievements. Till the time a Bill takes the shape of a law, it is nothing but a simple piece of paper. The Centre cannot claim to have completed its responsibility by mere introduction of certain bills in the Parliament. It is imperative to get these bills approved.