According to government sources, the decision was taken to enable passage of key bills including the Food Bill and the Land Acquisition Bill.
Giving in to opposition demand, the government said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may make a statement on missing coal blocks allocation files.
In the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla said: "The government is ready for a discussion, the PM, if required, may intervene."
In the Lok Sabha, the government said the Prime Minister would speak after Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal.
Jaiswal on Tuesday made a statement on missing files related to the coal scam in the Rajya Sabha.
"It is true that some files are missing. We are trying to get the copies of those files ready," Jaiswal said in the Upper House.
"We are trying to find all documents that were not found in the coal ministry," he said.
"We would have lodged an FIR if the files were stolen, but they are missing," he said when Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley interrupted him and asked why a complaint was not lodged.
Raising the issue earlier, Jaitley also said there were media reports that one of the beneficiaries of the coal block allocation was some body with whom the Coal Minister was related.
Jaitley accused that "files don't disappear, they are made to disappear."
Amid slogan shouting by BJP, Jaiswal said some documents belonging to a period prior to 2004 are missing and alleged who had the interest in getting the files then. His statement made indirect allegations towards the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
"I wonder as to who would want to make files prior to 2004 disappear?" said the Coal Minister.
He said he is ready to face action if found guilty.
"I am ready to face punishment if any of the allegations made against me are proven true," said Jaiswal.
An uproar started in the House immediately after Jaiswal made his statement.
As many as 60 files are missing, of which 16 have been sought urgently by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report on coal block allocation estimated a loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore to the national exchequer owing to irregular allocations.
The CAG named 25 private companies as beneficiaries of coal block allocations in various states. They included companies like Essar Power, Hindalco, Tata Power, Tata Steel and Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.
--IBNS (Posted on 22-08-2013)