Budget 2016: 12 bills that lawmakers may pass

Both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha have been adjourned several times over debate on Rohith Vemula and how the government reacted. Amid this, the government has the important responsibility of passing 12 important bills.

However, it is important to note that most of the Bills have already been passed by the Lok Sabha and are pending at the Rajya Sabha. Here are the bills that are to be passed:


Lokpal Bill: This modifies the composition of the Selection Committee to include the leader of the single largest party. The manner of the declaration of assets of public servants also forms a part of the Bill.

GST Bill: Creates a Services Tax Council and gives taxation powers to the Center and States to levy Goods and Services Tax.

Anti-Hijacking Bill: A reformation of the Anti-Hijacking Act of 1982, this defines hijacking and awards death penalty to hijackers in certain cases, which involve death of hostage or security personnel.

Real Estate Bill: It sets up state-level Regulatoru authorities to monitor the transaction of buyers and promoters of real estate projects.

High Court & Supreme Court Judges Bill: Ensures uniformity in pensions and other conditions of service of Supreme Court and High Court judges.

Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill: The Bill prohibits the reporting of corruption-related complains that fall under 10 specific categories such as Cabinet proceedings, science and economy. This would be under the ambit of the Official Secrets Acts.

Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill: 758 Appropriation Acts will be repealed.

Industries Amendment Bill: Alcohol production for potable purposes will be excluded.

Repealing and Amending Bill: It repeals 295 Acts , which have ceased to exist and amends two Acts.

National Waterways Bill, 2015: The Bill replaces the five national waterways laws. And identifies additional 101 waterways as national waterways.

Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill: The Central Government is allowed to revise the liability limits of air carriers for compensation related to injury, death and loss of baggage.

Bureau of Indian Standards Bill: It replaces the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986. It also seeks to establish BIS as the national standards body. Mandatory standardization of products is also mandatory under this bill.

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