Bill prohibiting coercive methods by loan recovery agents in RS

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New Delhi, Nov 30 (UNI) In view of recent incidents of people committing suicides following harassment by recovery agents of the bank, a Bill aimed at prohibiting the use of coercive methods by bank recovery agents was presented before the Rajya Sabha today.

The Prohibition on Use of Coercive Methods for Recovery of Bank Loans Bill, 2007 was presented by Mr Mahendra Mohan of the Samajwadi Party as a private members Bill to prevent use of intimidation and harassment either verbal or physical against any person or his family for recovery of loan by banks or their agents whether authorised or not and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

He also introduced a Bill on regulating coaching centres providing coaching for various kinds of entrance examinations for higher and professional courses.

Mr Jai Prakash Agarwal (Congress) introduced a Bill to regulate the functioning of private schools and for matters connected therewith.

Mr S S Ahluwalia (BJP) introduced a Bill to provide special educational facilities to children of scavengers or Safai Karamcharis who were in the past engaged in or employed for manually carrying human excreta.

Meanwhile, participating in the debate on the Compulsory Voting and Prohibition of Pre Poll Survey and Exit Poll of Election Bill, 2004, Mr Shantaram Laxam Naik of the Congress demanded that the government must conduct a survey to find out how young generation decided to vote for a particular candidate in election.

He also pointed out the confusion regarding the implementation of the Code of Conduct whether it be after notification or from the date of issuance of press note announcing elections. He charged that now the Election Commission get investigated projects which were decided even before these.

He complained that the Election Observors were not performing their duties properly and said the circular regarding compulsory use of Voter ID card also causes confusion resulting in many people not exercising their franchise. He demanded that the voting rights of people working in Gulf countries and on ships be protected.

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