Hopeful that session will be fruitful, meaningful: PM Modi

SansadTV Bureau
File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his cabinet colleagues talking to the media during the opening day of the winter session of parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday.

File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his cabinet colleagues at Parliament House. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed hope of a fruitful and meaningful winter session that will be beneficial for the country. Parliament’s Winter session begins today, which will hold sittings till January 5 next year.

“The Winter Session of Parliament is starting and I am confident that it will be a productive session. I hope there is good debate, constructive debate and we come up with innovative solutions to our nation’s problems,” he told reporters at the Parliament House.

He also expected smooth functioning of the house and hoped that suggestions will be made in the debate. “The positive debates will strengthen democracy and take the country forward,” the Prime Miniter said.

Earlier on Thursday, speaking at an all-party meeting, he had also sought the opposition’s cooperation for a constructive Winter Session of Parliament. Modi again pitched for simultaneous polls for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies saying that holding elections once in five years will boost development.

Briefing reporters on Modi’s remarks, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the prime minister appealed to leaders of all political parties to help build a consensus on the matter.

Number of legislations are slated to be taken up in this session.

In Lok Sabha, following bills will be introduced: The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, and The Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill.

While, following bills are listed for consideration and passing during the session in Lok Sabha: The Repealing and Amending Bill, The Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, and The Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill.

In the Rajya Sabha, The Companies (Amendment) Bill, The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill are listed for consideration and passing.

(With inputs from PTI)