Several key bills are expected to be tabled in the month-long Winter Session of Parliament, which commenced on December 11. The government has listed a total of 46 bills to be taken up during the Winter Session. Of the 46 items, 23 bills are listed for consideration and passage, 20 for introduction, consideration, and passage, and two for withdrawal. Parliament will be in session from December 11, 2018, to January 8, 2019 and would have 20 working days.
The government would push for the passage of the triple talaq bill pending in the Rajya Sabha. It had promulgated an ordinance to make the practice of instant triple talaq a penal offence on September 19. The government would also want the Indian Medical Council amendment ordinance and the companies amendment ordinance to be passed as bills in this session.
This would be the last full-fledged Parliament session of the Narendra Modi-led government before the next Lok Sabha elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged all parties to utilise the winter session of Parliament for public interest rather than political interests. "Hope the members will invest themselves in the people's welfare, and not themselves," he said. "I am confident that political parties will keep public interest in mind and make use of this session to utilise it for furthering public interests and not parties interests," he told reporters outside Parliament before the start of the session.
Bills expected to be considered and passed:
New bills likely to be introduced, considered and passed:
Ordinances to be replaced:
(With agency inputs)