NEW DELHI, Jan 19 � With the Modi government opting for ordinances eight times in as many months, President Pranab Mukherjee today cautioned against the �ordinance route� being taken for normal legislations, reports PTI.
Ordinances are meant for specific purposes �to meet an extraordinary situation under extraordinary circumstances�, the President said citing the Constitution.
Amidst talk that the government may convene a joint session of the Parliament to pass legislations in view of the deadlock in the Rajya Sabha where it does not have a majority, Mukherjee said passage of legislations in that manner �is not practicable because I have seen from 1952 till today only four times laws were passed by joint session�.
The remarks of the President, who was answering questions during an address to central varsities and research institutions, come against the backdrop of the Modi government having issued eight ordinances including those for raising the FDI limit in the insurance sector and e-auctioning of coal mines.
The President had recently called three senior ministers including Arun Jaitley and raised questions over the urgency of the ordinance relating to acquisition of land. However, he later gave assent to it.
Explaining the ordinance-making powers under the Constitution, he said when the government issues ordinances, it is also taking the risk of getting them lapsed if they cannot get them approved by the Houses, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, within a maximum period of six months.
He said Constitution had all the safeguards to ensure that such a provision is meant only for �an extraordinary situation under extraordinary circumstances.�