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Parliament's Winter Session starts December 11: Here are key bills it may take up

There are 23 bills listed for consideration and passage during the session. Another 20 new bills are listed for introduction, consideration, and passage

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The Winter Session of Parliament will begin on December 11 in New Delhi. The session, which is likely to have a total of 20 sittings, will conclude on January 8, 2019.

The session will begin on the same day as the assembly election results in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana.

There are 23 bills listed for consideration and passage during the session. Another 20 new bills are listed for introduction, consideration, and passage. Two bills have been listed for withdrawal during the session.

Also read: Opposition leaders to meet today, chart out strategy for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Here's a look at the important bills that Parliament will likely take up for introduction or consideration during the Winter Session.

Bills that will likely be taken up:

The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Bill is for the amendment of two Acts that will enable overseas voters to cast their vote in person or by proxy. It is currently pending in Rajya Sabha, having been passed by Lok Sabha in the Monsoon Session.

The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018

The Bill provides for a mechanism to ban unregulated deposit schemes. It is currently with the standing committee, according to PRS Legislative Research.

The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017

This Bill will repeal the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and establish the National Medical Commission (NMC) to regulate medical practice and education.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Bill takes into account cab aggregators and aims to address issues such as road safety by providing for a National Road Safety Board, motor vehicle insurance, computerisation of licensing authorities and increasing penalties under the Act. It was passed by Lok Sabha on April 10, 2017.

Bills that will likely be introduced:

The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018

The Bill is likely to be introduced to replace an Ordinance. It will bring about some amendments to the Companies Act, 2013, regarding certain offences and penalties, among others.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018

The Bill, which is being introduced to replace an Ordinance, aims to make declaration of instant 'triple talaq' illegal and void. It will also make the practice punishable by up to three years of imprisonment.

The previous 'The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017' will be withdrawn once this one is passed.

Ram temple Bill?

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Rakesh Sinha had said in November that he would introduce a private member's Bill in Parliament seeking the construction of a Ram temple on the disputed site in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

Women's Reservation Bill?

Congress is likely to raise the issue of the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in the Winter Session.

The Bill proposes to amend the Constitution to reserve 33 percent of all seats in Lok Sabha and all state assemblies for women. Rajya Sabha had passed the Bill in March 2010 but Lok Sabha did not vote on it. The Bill lapsed after the 15th Lok Sabha was dissolved in 2014.

On December 9, party President Rahul Gandhi wrote to respective Congress and allied governments to pass a resolution in their respective state assemblies in favour of the Bill’s passage in Parliament.

Additionally, the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2018 is likely to be introduced to make the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust apolitical and will empower the Centre to remove nominated members.
First Published on Dec 10, 2018 11:42 am
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