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Budget session: Some bills likely to be tabled

New Delhi, Feb 21 (Calcutta Tube) A slew of bills ranging from setting up regulatory authorities for the bio-technology sector and television channels to firming up laws dealing with road safety are slated to come up in the budget session of parliament beginning Monday.

The long-delayed Broadcast Service Regulation Bill is expected to be introduced with a proposal to form either a Broadcasting Council or a Broadcasting Authority to provide a regulatory framework for television channels.

The government intends to introduce the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India bill and a legislation to protect whistle-blowers.

Road Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath has indicated that his ministry will introduce a bill to ensure road safety with the country having one of the worst road safety records in the world.

The National Road Safety and Traffic Management Bill will lay down standards to ensure road safety and the ministry also proposes to constitute a National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board.

The Water Resources Ministry has prepared a legislation to establish an institutional system to monitor the safety of large dams as some dams across the country are over 50 years old.

A bill to streamline the functioning of Wakf Boards across the country will also be tabled in the budget session. Official sources said the bill intends to give more teeth to the Central Wakf Council in the wake of a parliamentary committee report which suggested amendment in the existing Wakf Management Act.

A bill to prevent harassment of HIV-affected people is also on the anvil.

The government plans to replace the Judges Act 1968 with a Judicial Accountability and Standards law to deal with complaints of corruption in the judiciary.

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