It is a big relief that the second leg of the budget session began on Tuesday on a positive note with some legislations being tabled in the Parliament. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Amendment Bill was passed during the session and there is all possibility for the Right to Education Act (RTE) to get Parliament’s nod. But there is nothing to be very excited about as more than a dozen legislations regarding education is still pending in the Parliament. Other than this there are over three dozen important legislations pending which are adversely affecting the country’s development and passing on a message to the world that the Indian government is not capable enough to make important reforms. Recently the Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu on his visit to America had baffled everyone by saying that key economic reforms were not possible before 2014. Though, later he made a u-turn and said some key reforms are likely in the next six months. A similar kind of assurance was made by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who however termed coalition politics a hindrance. Undoubtedly, coalition politics poses a big challenge but one should know how to prevail over it. It is disappointing that the government has not only failed to work in tandem with the opposition parties but is also not in sync with its coalition partners.
Though the Centre often talks of its commitment to bring about important reforms but in reality it has failed miserably. The government very well knows that in order to do so it requires the support of its coalition partners as well as that of the opposition. However, it seems that no concrete steps are being taken to take them into confidence. It is also a fact that the opposition for no reason has been opposing legislations brought in by the government. This showcases that narrow political gains time and again prevail over national interest. It is better that we rise above petty political gains and take steps to pass important legislations pending in the Parliament for a very long time. It is to be noted that merely passing the legislation will not do but its implementation is somewhat more important.