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India Starts Key Session

Posted on: November 22, 2011


Raveendran/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Parliament House in New Delhi.

India’s Parliament meets for four weeks starting Tuesday in what could be the most important legislative session of the government’s five-year term.

Having struggled for more than a year against widespread allegations of corruption and criticism that its policy machine has developed paralysis even as economic growth slows sharply, the Congress party-led government is looking to counter both critiques: Its agenda for Parliament’s “winter session,” to end Dec. 21, includes a bill creating an anticorruption ombudsman’s office to oversee senior bureaucrats and politicians, a national food-security bill and a bill that could allow foreign participation in managing India’s old-age pensions.

The government’s credibility has been weakening; it is imperative for the government to assert its image,” said Mridula Mukherjee, professor at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University. “The winter session will test whether the Congress party-led alliance can recover ground and move forward.

read more at WSJ

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