New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called upon all political parties to hold constructive discussion on issues of national importance during the Winter Session of Parliament which begins here from Tuesday.
On the eve of the Winter Session, the BJP-led NDA government held an all party meeting. Briefing mediapersons about the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, the Prime Minister, while addressing floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, told the meeting that the Government is always receptive to the issues raised by all political parties.
The Prime Minister encouraged all political parties to strive to create a constructive atmosphere in Winter Session and to collectively address issues related to the welfare of people.
”It is a prime responsibility for all of us to contribute to the service of the Nation and its people by ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament,” Mr Modi said.
All the leaders observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to former Cabinet Minister H N Ananthkumar.
Later, a host of issues were brought up by the leaders of parties during the meeting. There was a consensus across party lines on ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament without disruptions and deadlocks to be resolved through discussions in both the Houses.
Tomar said the Government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their co-operation for the smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament.
The Minister informed that all parties were in favour of a productive Winter Session and the Government is always ready to discuss on the floor of the House, any issue as permitted under the rules.
Tomar further informed that the Winter Session is likely to conclude on January 8, 2019.
The Minister said the Session will provide for a total of 20 sittings spread over a period of 29 days and 46 items have been identified for being taken up during the Winter Session, 2018, including 45 Bills.
Three Bills to replace Ordinances namely the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018; the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018; and The Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 are slated to come up for approval during the Session.
Further, some important pending legislations expected to be considered and passed during the Session are The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017; The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018; The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2018; The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017; The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2018; The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018; The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016; The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 ; The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018 ; and The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017.
Some important new Bills likely to be introduced, considered and passed during this session apart from the three Bills replacing Ordinances are The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2018; The National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) Bill, 2018; The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill 2018; The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2018; The Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2018; The Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018; and The Central University (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
The all-Party meeting was attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics & Programme Implementation Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, River development and Ganga Rejuvenation Arjun Ram Meghwal, along with other Ministers.
Meanwhile, Opposition-led Congress said it will raise the Rafale fighter jets deal, ”misuse” of Central investigative agencies and other issues including farmers’ problems, unemployment, women security, fuel prices and RBI autonomy during the session.
Talking to reporters after the all-party meeting convened by the Government here, senior Congressman and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, ”Congress will support in the running of Parliament and passing of Bills but we also reiterate our demand for the formation of a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to probe into the alleged irregularities in the Rafale fighter jets deal during the Winter Session.”
”We want a discussion in Parliament on the issue of Rafale,” the Congress leader said.
He said apart from raising the issue of Rafale during the session, the Opposition will also take up the matter of ”misuse” of Central probe agencies.”Probe agencies are being misused. Autonomy of RBI is in danger,” the Congress leader said.
Leaders of the Congress, Samajwadi Party, RJD, CPI, National Conference and AAP attended the meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Modi.
Besides Azad, other opposition leaders who attended the meeting were Anand Sharma and Mallikarjun Kharge (both Congress), SP leader Prof Ram Gopal Yadav, CPI leader D Raja, Bhagwant Mann (AAP), Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav of the RJD and Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).