New Delhi: With the winter session starting Nov 22, parliament is facing a burden of over 100 pending bills with successive sessions failing to transact much legislative business.
These pending bills include ones on land acquisition, Lokpal, whistle−blowers, money−laundering, companies, banking and forward contracts regulation.
A total of 102 bills were pending with parliament at the end of the monsoon session.
Here are some important bills that are pending:
* The Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill: Lokpal bill remains the highlight. Passed by the Lok Sabha at the fag end of winter session last year, the bill had been sent to a select committee, which after extension, is expected to give its report by the end of first week of winter session.
* The Whistleblowers Protection Bill: The bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha with the Lokpal bill, has been introduced in the Rajya Sabha.
* The Judicial Accountability Bill: Passed by the Lok Sabha in the budget session, it is likely to be brought to the upper house this session. The bill aims to help in the setting of new probity standards in judiciary.
* The Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill: The bill aims to regulate entry and operation of foreign educational institutions.
* The Education Tribunal Bill: This seeks to create separate tribunals for handling cases related to education institutions. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha in August 2010.
* Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill: The much discussed bill still has to get the Rajya Sabha's nod, but was passed by the lower house amidst din in the monsoon session. It redefines sexual harassment and lays down guidelines for protection of women at workplace.
* The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill: The bill, which has been a demand from social activists for long, was introduced in the Lok Sabha but was not passed.
* Quota bill: The Constitution (one hundred seventeenth) Amendment Bill was perhaps the most controversial bill of this session. It was introduced in the Rajya Sabha Sep 4, and seeks to amend the constitution so that reservations can be provided in promotions.
* The Mines Bill: It came into focus after allegations of a coal mining scam and has been assured to be brought in this session. However, some other government sources say major inter−ministerial consultations are still needed to get the bill through. It seeks to consolidate and amend the law relating to the scientific development and regulation of mines and minerals under the control of the central government.