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Govt eyes joint Parliamentary session if insurance reforms delayed: Jaitley

| | Updated on: Jan 22, 2015
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the government will go for a joint session of Parliament in case there is a delay beyond six months in getting Parliamentary approval for the ordinance that raises the FDI limit in the insurance sector.

“I am quite hopeful that the Insurance Bill will be approved in the Upper House because the principal opposition party is also in favour.

“If it is not approved, we will go to joint session of Parliament. If it is delayed beyond six months, we will go to joint session of Parliament where we will have majority,” he said here.

Regarding the ordinance that hikes the FDI cap from 26 per cent to 49 per cent in the insurance sector, Jaitley said it was done to “drive home a point that decisions cannot be held on account of disruptions in Parliament“.

“In insurance, we have spent a lot of time for years but could not reach a conclusion,” he added.

According to him, there is also a law that if someone invests during the time an ordinance is in place “it will be irreversible“.

“So, we want investors to come in straight away. Those who come in before March 31, they have a permanent entry,” he emphasised.

Published on January 22, 2015

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