Parliament passed 22 bills in winter session


Parliament passed 22 bills in winter session

The government said it will try to get two important Bills it couldn’t ensure passage of in the Winter Session – the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 and the Constitution 123rd Amendment Bill, 2017 — cleared in the Budget session of Parliament (Parliament)  starting on January 29, 2018.

“The government is committed to pass important Bills like Triple Talaq Bill and the National Commission for Backward Classes Bill and cooperation is expected from all parties on such issues of national importance,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar at the conclusion of the Winter Session.

ParliamentWhile The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was stuck in the Rajya Sabha, The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017, which proposes constitutional status for the OBC commission, could not be passed in the Lok Sabha.

Government hopes to clear Triple Talaq BIll, BC legislation in next session of Parliament.

The Minister also termed the just-concluded session of Parliament as “successful”, with the two Houses having passed 22 Bills in a session that had just 13 sittings.

“The productivity of the Lok Sabha was 91.58% and that of the Rajya Sabha was 56.29%,” he added. “There were 13 sittings in this session, of which four were Fridays. In eight working days, the two Houses passed 22 Bills,” he said, thanking Opposition parties for their cooperation.

Speaking on the two Bills deemed important in the agenda for the government, he said “when a revolutionary Bill is introduced, it results in a countrywide debate. The whole country is now debating on the OBC Commission and triple talaq.”

“The Opposition obstructed the (OBC Commission) Bill with a meaningless amendment in the Rajya Sabha. We will get it passed in the Budget session,” he said.

The government tabled the Bill in the Lok Sabha with an amendment alternative to the amendment made by the Rajya Sabha.