Kolkata: After facing criticism from National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Trinamool Congress over some provisions of the proposed Communal Violence Bill during the meeting of National Integration Council (NIC) on Saturday, the Centre has decided to ponder over it, said Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee here on Sunday.

Mukherjee, who was here to take part in a function, later speaking to media said, several parties have expressed reservations on some provisions of the bill, and we will think over those views.

Even Congress ally Trinamool Congress also joined the Opposition ranks over the bill. The Bharatiya Janata Party termed the proposed bill as a threat to the federal structure of the country.

Mukherjee announced to attend the annual meeting of International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington this month from September 23-25 to discuss the critical challenges facing the global economy.

According to Finance Minister, he would also attend the meeting of G-24 nations where India’s participation is very significant. It is worth mentioning that Mukherjee had represented India at G-24 meeting in 1984.

JPN/Bureau