NEW DELHI : The National Food Security Bill that got the Lok Sabha’s green signal on Monday night will have to wait for a week before it comes up before the Rajya Sabha on September 2 for consideration.

The government is introducing the Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday as amended with ten official changes in the Lok Sabha and it will push for its passage on Friday itself if its business advisory committee do not agree to extend the session up to September 6 alike the Lok Sabha.

“We intend to circulate the Bill to members on Wednesday and introduce it the next day while fixing the consideration on Monday unless the session is not extended, giving enough time to move amendments,” sources in the Parliamentary Affairs Minister’s office said.

The government has already got the Lok Sabha session extended by a week up to September 6 and proposed a similar extension of the Rajya Sabha to enable passage of this flagship law and other key legislations stuck up due to three weeks of the session wasted in pandemoniums.

In the event of the Rajya Sabha making any new amendment in the Bill, it will have to be approved by the Lok Sabha and that will be possible by having the session up to September 6, the sources said.

The land ceiling bill, the pension bill and three Ordinances promulgated since the last session are among the priorities set by the government for passage by the Lok Sabha first and then by the Rajya Sabha during the extended session.

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