Monsoon Session schedule to be declared Wednesday

RSTV Bureau

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, will meet on Wednesday to decide the schedule of the Monsoon session, which is expected to start in the third week of July. The session is also taking place a month after the Modi government completed two years in power.

There are indications that the session will start on July 18 and continue till August 13 but a final decision on the dates will be taken on Wednesday in a CCPA.

The session comes at a time when the ruling BJP’s morale is high after its maiden victory in Assam Assembly polls and its performance in Kerala, where it opened its account for the first ever time. The ruling party also performed well in West Bengal elections, though it could only win 3 seats in 294 member legislative assembly.

On the bills front, 45 bills are pending in Rajya Sabha while the Lok Sabha has 5 bills pending before it.

The bills pending in Rajya Sabha include the contentious Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2014, known as the GST Bill, which was moved in the Upper House in August last year after being passed by Lok Sabha.

The government is hopeful of the passage of the GST bill in this session with the increase in its tally after the recently held polls for the Upper House. Also, there are indications that a number of regional parties have broken ranks with Congress on the issue and are willing to extend their support to this crucial economic reform measure.

Another key bill is the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which was moved in December last year but the discussion on it had remained inconclusive.

In the Budget session this year, this bill could not be taken up.

In Lok Sabha, important bills pending include the Consumer Protection Bill 2015 and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015.

The government will also push for clearing a bill, which seeks to replace an Ordinance to amend the Enemy Property Act as well as a bill to replace the Ordinance on the National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (NEET).

The last few sessions of Parliament have seen sparrings even though the second part of the Budget session recorded a relative improvement as far the completion of government business was concerned.

(With inputs from the PTI)