The ongoing Monsoon session of Parliament, which began on July 17, has a total of 34 bills on the agenda.
But this session ending August 11 is likely to be the shortest Monsoon session India has ever seen, said Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
On Sunday, Yechury told reporters in Delhi, “In the all-party meeting today, we highlighted the fact that this is probably the shortest Monsoon session in India's parliamentary history: with only of 14 non-Friday working days for consideration of legislative business!” Fridays are customarily set aside to discuss private member bills (introduced individually by the MPs).
The session will see introduction of 16 new bills – including two bills on the implementation of GST in Jammu & Kashmir, and the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2017 that would allow the Reserve Bank of India to instruct banks to initiate insolvency resolution process in case of loan default.
“For this session, government has given a list of 16 new bills, while there are already 10 bills pending in RS and 8 in LS. In addition, the government also wants supplementary grants to be discussed,” said Yechury.
“This is impossible, unless the government plans to pass all these bills and grants in the din minus any discussion. This is disastrous for our democracy.”
Besides the obvious fact that such a cramped session won’t leave enough time for members of either house – the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha – to properly deliberate over the contents of these bills, the CPI (M) leader might have been referring to the recent devious tactics that the NDA has resorted to.
The government passed several bills in the Lok Sabha by bringing them as ‘money bills’, which are primarily concerned with taxation and government expenditure, because they do not need the approval of the Rajya Sabha. The NDA does not have a majority in the Rajya Sabha.
Yechury also demanded that three new bills be taken up – Women’s Reservation Bill for a 33% quota for women in Parliament and state legislative assemblies, a Right to Sell at MSP bill for farmers, and a Right to Privacy bill given “the provisions of Aadhaar and the latest security breach pertaining to Jio”.
“We have also conveyed to the government that we want a discussion on deteriorating internal security situation in the country. And on the rising economic burdens placed on the people by government policies and actions,” he said.
Here is the full list of bills—new and pending—which are expected to be taken up in the shortest Monsoon Parliament Session.
· The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
· The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017;
· The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017
· The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017
· The Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (Extension To Chandigarh) Amendment Bill, 2017;
· The Central Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017;
· The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017;
· The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) Bill, 2017;
· The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property Amendment Bill, 2017;
· The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017;
· The Consumer Protection Bill, 2017;
· The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
· The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
· The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017;
· Labour Code on wages; and
· The National Sports University Bill, 2017
Pending bills in Lok Sabha:
· The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016;
· The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
· The Indian Institute of Management Bill 2017;
· The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
· The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017;
· The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016;
· The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017; and
· The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017
Pending bills in Rajya Sabha:
· The Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha;
· The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
· The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
· The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 as passed by Lok Sabha;
· The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013;
· The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
· The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
· The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Third Amendment) Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha;
· The National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha; and
· The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha.
Supplementary Demands for Grants (including Railways) for 2017-18
Bills for withdrawal in Lok Sabha:
The Consumer Protection Bill, 2015
Bills for withdrawal in Rajya Sabha:
· The North-Eastern Council (Amendment) Bill, 2013; and
· The Participation of Workers in Management Bill, 1990.