Winter Session of Parliament is beginning today. On Wednesday, the parliamentary affairs ministry sent out invites to top leaders of major political parties that have representatives in both Houses of Parliament for the meet.
Winter Session of Parliament is beginning today. On Wednesday, the Parliamentary affairs ministry sent out invites to top leaders of major political parties that have representatives in both Houses of Parliament for the meet. During the winter session, the opposition is likely to raise the issue of a delay in calling the session. The winter session will be held from December 15 to January 5, with a total of 14 working days. Last year, the session had started on 16 November and ended on 16 December, with 22 sittings. Earlier, the opposition claimed that the ruling BJP delayed the session fearing it would raise various issues ahead of the Gujarat assembly polls. The government, however, maintained that there were precedents of session dates being changed in view of elections. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will also host a dinner for leaders of all parties tomorrow.
Here we take a look at key Bills that would be taken up during the winter session:
National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC): The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017
The 123rd Amendment bill to set up the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) under the Constitution was was passed by the Lok Sabha in April the last session. However, further amendments to the Bill was required by the Rajya Sabha. It will be re-introduced in the Lok Sabha against.
The Bill seeks to set up the NCBC under the Constitution. It will have the power to examine the inclusion and exclusion of backward classes and also act as an advisory body to the central government.
Triple Talaq: The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017
The Bill will make talaq-e-biddat or triple talaq a criminal offence under the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, 2017. The Bill is likely to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. It was introduced in Lok Sabha by Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh. The main focus of the bill is on the citizenship of illegal migrants. As of now, an illegal migrant is defined as a foreigner who travels to India without a passport and other travel documents or somebody who overstays their visit in the country. The new bill seeks to make an exception for the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In short, foreigners falling under the mentioned religious category and places will no longer be treated as illegal migrants.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016
The bill seeks to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Passed by the Lok Sabha. It is pending in Rajya Sabha. If passed, the legislation will require the Centre to develop a National Transportation Policy which would lay down the framework for road transport. The bill will also recall defect vehicles from the road, make insurance compulsory for all who own a vehicle, compensation to families in death and run cases, increased penalties on drink and drive and in case of failure of maintaining a vehicle, a person could be fined upto Rs. 100 crore.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill
The original bill aims to protect and safeguard transgenders from discrimination and provide quotas in government colleges and jobs.
The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017
This bill seeks to allow proxy voting rights to allow proxy voting rights to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).
The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The bill aims to amend Dentists Act, 1948 and replace the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016. This will pave way for a uniform entrance examination for all dental institutions at undergraduate and post-graduate level. The bill also seeks to conduct entrance examinations in Hindi, English and other languages.
Other important Bills to introduced:
The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes and Protection of Interest of Depositors Interest Bill, 2017
The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Condition of Services) Amendment Bill, 2017
The Consumer Protection Bill, 2017
The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions Third (Amendment) Bill, 2017
Three bills to replace ordinances:
The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Ordinance, 2017
The Ordinance was promulgated on September 2, 2017 to increase the cap on the GST compensation cess levied on cars from 15 percent to 25 per cent.
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017
The Ordinance amended the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, especially the definition of a resolution applicant and their eligibility and ineligibility.
The Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017
Introduced on November 23, 2017, the Ordinance modified the legal definition of a tree and removed the word bamboos from the list including palms, stumps, brush-wood and canes. Bamboos growing in non-forest areas will no longer require permission for its felling or transportation for commercial use.