Winter Session: Govt eyeing consensus

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 15:55 hrs

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday said the government will try to arrive at a political consensus during the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Nath said the government will attempt to arrive at a political consensus on the businesses to be transacted during the coming Parliament session.

He said 25 bills will be taken up for passage while 10 new bills will be introduced.

"Out of 102 bills pending in the Parliament, 23 bills, that is 17 in Lok Sabha and 6 in Rajya Sabha are under examination by respective department related parliament standing committee and one bill is under consideration by the select committee," Nath said.

He said all political parties want the Winter Session of the Parliament to be ´fruitful´.

The bills that will be taken up for passage include The Forward Contracts (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2010, The Companies Bill, 2011, The Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2011, The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008, The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, 2011, The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2011, among others.

Ten bills, including The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2012, The Agricultural Bio- Security Bill, 2012 and The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012, will be introduced during the session.

To finalise the government business for the Winter Session, 2012, Nath held a meeting with the secretaries and senior officers of various ministries/departments on Nov 16.

The government is likely to face tough situation during the session as the opposition parties might try to corner the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over numerous issues including the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

UPA´s former key alliance partner Trinamool Congress (TMC) is planning to bring a no-confidence motion against it during the session.

The Winter Session of Parliament is scheduled to commence on Nov 22. It will conclude on Dec 20.

The Session will provide 20 sittings spread over a period of 29 days.

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