The Monsoon Session of the Parliament will begin today. Over the scheduled 18 sittings, a total of 68 pending bills are expected to be taken up, of which 25 are listed for consideration and passage. Also Read - Rajya Sabha Gives Importance to India’s Federal Structure: PM Modi
According to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, 68 pending bills in Lok Sabha and 40 bills in Rajya Sabha will be taken up. Also Read - With President Ram Nath Kovind's Assent, Triple Talaq Bill Becomes Law Criminalising Instant Divorce
Moreover, at least 18 new bills, including the Insolvency and Bankrupty Code (Amendment) bill and Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) bill, are expected to be introduced. Also Read - Triple Talaq Bill: 'If Can't Support Openly, Remain Absent,' Ram Madhav Takes Jibe at Absentees
However, the proposed bills and ordinances may be sidelined, given the track record of the last 14 sessions of the 16th Lok Sabha.
Here are the important bills and ordinances that are lined up for introduction, consideration and passage during the Monsoon Session:
Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017: The bill, if passed, will make instant talaq illegal or void if proclaimed verbally, through writing or electronic form. The bills also states that the wife can seek custody of her minor child by moving the court.
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018: It aims at recognising homebuyers as financial creditors.
Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018: The bill aims at preventing economic offenders from fleeing the country. This gains importance amid the opposition cornering the government over the recent PNB scam involving Nirav Modi, and the case of Vijay Mallya.
123rd Constitutional Amendment Bill: The bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha in 2017, seeks to give constitutional status to national commission for backward classes.
Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill: The bill has been pending since November 2016 and allows couples who are unable to conceive a child to opt for surrogacy.
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018: To increase the punishment of those, including minors, convicted in rape cases. This holds importance amid the recent rape cases of minors, particularly the Kathua gangrape and murder case.
The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018
The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018
The National Sports University Ordinance, 2018
Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018
Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018
Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, 2018
The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018
The Right to Information(Amendment) Bill, 2018