PM Modi hopes for a productive Winter Session

17 December, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • In the last monsoon session only nine of 25 bills were passed. These nine included neither the Motor Vehicles Bill nor the Code of Wages Bill both crucial. The first half the session was lost to disruptions. The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha spent merely 22

Almost 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Muslim women rights, will be picked up in the session spread over 22 days. Usually, the session begins in mid-November but this time in wake of the Gujarat assembly elections, the session was postponed until 15 Dec, a day after the voting for the second phase of the polls ended in Gujarat. "Democracy will surely strengthen", PM Modi had said while addressing the media inside Parliament's premises.

Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar's disqualification issue was raised by the Opposition in Rajya Sabha.

The winter session of parliament was adjourned on the first day today after paying tributes to its sitting and former members who passed away after the Monsoon Session.

Goel, in reply to a question by Congress MP Wansuk Syiem, said: "In the past also the Winter Session of Parliament had been held for lesser period or rescheduled".

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the Supplementary Demand for Grants and three ordinances including GST compensation to states will also be a prominent issue of discussion.

The Congress on Friday said the party is always in favour of constructive suggestions, but is unfortunately stopped by the Opposition, whenever they raise important issues. Giving the details of the proceedings of the session, he added that 25 Bills are listed in the Lok Sabha and 39 Bills are pending in the Rajya Sabha which would be taken up and disposed of according to priority.

The BJP-led NDA government on Friday made it clear that it would take on the Opposition parties in Parliament over their attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A leader, who attended the meeting, said the prime minister also pointed out the government's legislative agenda for the Winter Session and asked them to work together for pushing it in Parliament. "I hope there is good debate, constructive debate and we come up with innovative solutions to our nation's problems", he told reporters here.

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