The Indian Parliament is to begin a closely-controlled session on Monday (21 July) to approve -- and extend for one year -- the state of internal emergency which gives the Government of Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi sweeping powers.
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Background: The Indian Parliament is to begin a closely-controlled session on Monday (21 July) to approve -- and extend for one year -- the state of internal emergency which gives the Government of Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi sweeping powers.
The processing of the bill giving parliamentary legality to the measures introduced on 26 June will be little more than a formality. Under those powers all credible Opposition leaders and personalities have been arrested.
On Saturday (19 July), Mrs. Gandhi made it clear that discipline, hard work and strict governmental control are to be the keynotes of Indian life in the immediate future.
She told Labour Minister from the country's 22 States that india would not be allowed to return to what she called the "license" of the political situation before the institution of the emergency powers.
The conference of Ministers had been called to discuss relief for India's rural work force as outlined in Mrs Gandhi's 20-point economic plan, unveiled in the wake of the first days of the new powers. The government is to seek minimum pay rates for rural workers and an end to indentured labour.
Congress President, Mr D.K. Barooah, said all Congressmen holding any position in society would be asked to declare how much surplus land they owned above the land ceiling laws -- no date was fixed for the declaration to be made.
Mr Barooah, was also speaking in New Delhi on Saturday (19 July). He was opening a conference of the Anti-Fascist Front to "great and express our solidarity with the Prime Minister at her bold initiative in banning R.S.S. and other Fascist organisation."
He was referring to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh -- the Hindu Nationalist Jan Sangh. He warned that the banning might be extended to the Jan Sangh if it did not stop working against the unity of the country