Monday, October 2, 2023

Agenda for special Parl session

The Centre on Wednesday released a ‘tentative list’ of the agenda for Parliament’s special session from September 18 to 22. The tentative agenda included two bills -The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023, The Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023 – to be taken up in the Lok Sabha. They were passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 3.

On the other hand, Rajya Sabha MPs are set to discuss The Post Office Bill, 2023 and The Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Bill, 2023. These two bills were introduced in the Rajya Sabha on August 10.

The introduction of the Bill came five months after the Supreme Court ruled that a three-member panel, headed by the Prime Minister and comprising the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India, will select the CEC and ECs until a law is enacted by Parliament on their appointments.
Although there were speculations about the government proposing a ‘One Nation, One Election’ bill, there was no mention of it in the tentative list shared by the Centre today.
Ahead of the special session, there was also speculation about the government bringing a resolution to rename India as Bharat.

Apart from formal parliamentary business, a discussion will be held on the subject ‘Parliamentary Journey of 75 years starting from Samvidhan Sabha – Achievements, Experiences, Memories and Learnings”, as per the government’s notice.

According to officials, the session will begin in the old Parliament building and shift to the new structure the next day. The shift to the new Parliament building will coincide with Ganesh Chaturthi on September 19, considered auspicious to make new beginnings.

All-party meeting: The government has called an all-party meeting on September 17, a day before the special session of Parliament begins.

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that invitations had been sent through e-mail to all leaders of opposition parties to attend the meeting.



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