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Bill on communal violence approved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 1
The Cabinet has approved enactment of a leglistaltion which envisages providing relief and rehablitation to victims of communal violence and speedy dispensation of justice.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi told mediapersons here that providing support to victims of communal violence was a major committement of National Common Minimum Programme of the UPA government.

The Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehablitation of Victims) Bill 2005, which was introduced in the Rajya Sabha, was referred to the standing which held wide discussions on it. The Home Ministry also held consultations over the Bill.

"It came once again to the Cabinet which has given its approval," the minister said.

The minister said that the government will press for early approval of the Bill in the current session of Parliament. Apart from prevention of communal violence, the Bill envisages imposing enhanced punishment on persons involved in communal violence.

The Cabinet also gave its approval for introduction of Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations, Maintenance of Quality and Prevention of Commercialisation) Bill, 2007.

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