The Congress and other opposition parties today demanded that a bill to amend the Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains Act be sent to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha, even as the government sought its early passage.
As the Rajya Sabha assembled after lunch, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said the legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 3 and there were pressing reasons that it be passed without delay
However, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and his deputy Anand Sharma suggested that since the bill has not been scrutinised by a parliamentary panel, it should be sent to a select committee.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said there were several errors in the draft bill which should be rectified.
Culture minister Mahesh Sharma emphasised that there were important reasons why the bill needed to be expeditiously taken up for passage.
He said as the measure was important as infrastructure projects were held up. These…