New Delhi: The Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning from Monday is expected to be stormy with the opposition parties all set to corner the government over a range of issues concerning national security, foreign policy and other domestic matters.
A bloc of 18 opposition parties is expected to raise the Doklam standoff with China, the law and order situation in Kashmir, the recent terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, incidents of lynching and farmers suicides.
An all-party meeting was scheduled on Sunday, an attempt by the government to make the going a little smooth
The agenda for legislation in the session, which ends on August 11, includes 18 bills for consideration and passing. Key among them are the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, Whistleblowers' Protection Bill, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, Enemy Property (Amendment) Bill Consumer Protection Bill, and the Companies (Amendment) Bill. While 16 bills are listed for introduction, consideration and passing, two are for withdrawal.
The data has been compiled by PRS Legislative Research. Here’s a look:
Bills passed by Lok Sabha and listed for passage by the Rajya Sabha
— The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015: specifies ground under which corruption related disclosures can be made.
— The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017: Makes a commission for socially and educationally backward classes a Constitutional body.
— The National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017
— The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017: Extends the jurisdiction of the 2008 Act to J&K
— The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016: Enhances the limit of overtime work hours
— The Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017
— The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016: Incorporates the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research at Tirupati and Berhampur.
— The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016: addresses issues related to road safety, motor vehicle insurance etc.
— The Admiralty Bill, 2016: Consolidates the existing laws on civil matters of Admiralty jurisdiction of courts, Admiralty proceedings on maritime claims and arrest of ships.
Bills listed for passage in both Houses
— The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017: declares the IIMs institutions of national importance and enables them to award degrees.
— The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017: Makes the Institute of Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Kurnool an institution of national importance.
— The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017: Makes the IIITs institutions of national importance.
— The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017: Extends the deadline to 2019 for teachers to acquire minimum qualifications under the 2009 Act.
— The NABARD (Amendment) Bill, 2017: Increases Nabards’ authorised capital from Rs 5000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore.
— The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016: addresses compliance requirement difficulties and facilitates ease of doing business
— The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016: Proposes that illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan from specified religious groups will be eligible to apply for Indian citizenship.
— The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013: Modifies the definition of taking a bribe. Requires prior sanction to investigate officials.
Bills for introduction, consideration and passing
— The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017: authorities the RBI to issue directions to banks for resolution of stressed assets.
— The Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (Extension to Chandigarh) Act, 1994: empowers the municipal corporation of Chandigarh to levy entertainment tax in lieu of GST.
— The Central Goods and Services Tax (Extension to J&K) Ordinance, 2017
— The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to J&K) Ordinance, 2017
— The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill: establishes a framework to resolve insolvency in financial firms.
— The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017: Merges the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore into State Bank of India.
— The Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017
— The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill
— The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017
— The Labour Code on Wages Bill, 2017: consolidates the minimum wages act, payment of wages act, payment of bonus act and equal remuneration act under one law.
— The Requisition in and Acquisition of Immovable Property Amendment Bill, 2017:
— The Public Premesis Amendment Bill, 2017
— The Consumer Protection Bill, 2017
— The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2017
— The Unlawful Activities Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017
— The National Sports University Bill, 2017
Both Houses of Parliament are unlikely to transact any business on the first day on account of the death of MPs Vinod Khanna, Anil Dave and P. Goverdhan Reddy.