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Parliament Winter Session: Price rise, India-China standoff on Oppn's agenda; Govt plans to Introduce 16 Bills

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Union Munister Pralhad Joshi requested to all the party leaders for active cooperation and support for the smooth functioning of both the Houses of Parliament.

New Delhi, Dec 06: The winter session of Parliament is set to begin on Wednesday with Congress gearing up to corner to government over a range of issues including price rise, unemployment and situation at the Sino-India border while the Centre is planning to introduce 16 bills.

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An all-party meeting was convened by the government on Tuesday where the Centre assured to discuss on the floor of the House, any issue as permitted under Rules of Procedure by the respective Presiding Officers. He also requested to all the party leaders for active cooperation and support for the smooth functioning of both the Houses of Parliament.

In his opening address, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Pralhad Joshi informed that the Winter Session of Parliament, 2022 will commence on Wednesday, the 7th December, 2022 and subject to exigencies of Government Business, the session may conclude on Thursday, the 29th December, 2022.

The Session will provide a total of 17 sittings spread over a period of 23 days. He also informed that tentatively 25 legislative items have been identified for being taken up during the session.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "There are so many issues before the country, such as unemployment and price rise, and the government owes an answer to the people." Chowdhury alleged that the government did not "properly" inform the Opposition about the stand-off at the Sino-India border. "In the House, we demand a discussion on it and also on the killings of Kashmiri Pandits," he added.

Twenty seven parties which were present in the meeting, besides the BJP, were INC, AITC, DMK, YSRCP, TMC (M), Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena, JD(U), BJD, TRS, LJSP, NCP, J&K NC, CPI(M), IUML, TDP, CPI, NPF, SAD, AAP, AIADMK, KC(M), NDPP, RSP, VCK, RJD, AGP and RLP. Their leaders gave suggestions on the issues which can be taken up besides Government Legislative and other Business during the forthcoming Session.

Key Bills to be taken up during winter session 2022

LEGSLATIVE BUSNESS

  • The Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, 2019
  • The Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2022
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022, as passed by Lok Sabha.
  • The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2022, as passed by Lok Sabha.
  • The Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, as passed by Lok Sabha.
  • The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (Amendment) Bill, 2022, as passed by Lok Sabha.
  • The Mediation Bill, 2021
  • The Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill, 2022
  • The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) (Amendment) Bill, 2022
  • The Multi-State Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2022
  • The Kalakshetra Foundation (Amendment) Bill, 2022
  • The Cantonment Bill, 2022
  • The Old Grant (Regulation) Bill, 2022
  • The Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill, 2022
  • The National Dental Commission Bill, 2022
  • The National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, 2022
  • The North East Water Management Authority Bill, 2022
  • The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022 (with respect to State of Tamil Nadu)
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2022 (with respect to State of Himachal Pradesh)
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2022 (with respect to State of Karnataka)
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022 (with respect to State of Chhattisgarh)
  • The Coastal Aquaculture Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2022

FINANCIAL BUSINESS

  • First Batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2022-23.
  • Regularisation of Excess Demand for Grants 2019-20.

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