Budget session: Centre to bring in bill to replace TRAI ordinance

The decision to bring a bill to amend the TRAI Act was taken in the meeting of the Union Cabinet here today.

hidden June 18, 2014 23:06:28 IST
Budget session: Centre to bring in bill to replace TRAI ordinance

New Delhi: An ordinance which removed legal hurdles in the appointment of former TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be brought in the Budget session of Parliament in the form of a bill.

The decision to bring a bill to amend the TRAI Act was taken in the meeting of the Union Cabinet here today.

Budget session Centre to bring in bill to replace TRAI ordinance

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"The Ordinance will be made into a law. The Cabinet has approved the shape of the proposed law. We will present the bill in this session (Budget session) of Parliament," Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the meeting.

Before the Ordinance was promulgated, the TRAI Act prohibited its chairman and members from taking up any other job in the central or state governments after demitting office.

"The chairperson or any other member ceasing to hold office as such, shall — (a) be ineligible for further employment under the Central government or any state government or (b) not accept any commercial employment, for a period of two years from the date he ceases to hold such office," says the TRAI Act of 1997 available on the law ministry's website.

To circumvent this section, which would have barred Misra from taking up the assignment of principal secretary to PM, the Modi government promulgated an ordinance amending it.

The ordinance amends this section to read as: "The chairperson and the whole-time members shall not, for a period of two years from the date on which they cease to hold office as such, except with the previous approval of the Central government, accept — "(a) any employment either under the
Central government or under any state government; or "(b) any appointment in any company in the business of telecommunication service."

Misra is a 1967-batch retired IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre and his appointment as principal secretary will be co-terminus with the term of the PM or till further orders, according to an order issued by the Ministry of Personnel.

The principal secretary to the PM is a key post and acts as main link for coordination among Prime Minister's Office, cabinet secretariat and secretaries of ministries.

PTI

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