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Crucial fourth week of winter session, Parliament to take up Insurance Bill

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New Delhi (Dec. 13, 2014): The current Winter session of Parliament is set for a record performance  in transaction of legislative business. While the Lok Sabha has already passed 13 Bills in the first three weeks of the session ending on December 12, 2014, the Rajya Sabha has cleared nine of them. Rajya Sabha is still to take up four Bills passed by the Lower House viz., The Appropriation Bill,2014, Payments and Settlement Systems (Amendment) Bill, 2014,The Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2014 and The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014. The legislative business transacted during the 15 sittings of the current winter session so far and the Bills likely to be taken up during the remainder of the session of 7 sittings will surpass by a wide margin the 12 Bills passed during the Budget session this year.

The fourth week of winter session of Parliament beginning Monday i.e December 15, 2014 assumes importance with the government proposing to move reform oriented Bills like The  Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008  and The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014 to be taken up for consideration and passing in both the Houses of Parliament. While the Insurance Bill seeks to enhance FDI limit in the capital starved insurance sector, the Companies Bill aims at enhancing the ease of doing business. The Lok Pal and Lok Ayuktas (Amendment) Bill, 2014 is also proposed to be taken in both the Houses.

In addition, the Bills proposed by the Government for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha during the remainder of the session include:  The Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2014, The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Amendment Bill, 2014,The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Bill, 2014, The Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill, 2010  and The Warehousing Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2014.

In addition to the four Bills to be discussed in the Rajya Sabha as passed by the Lower House mentioned above, the Business Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha has also allocated time for consideration of The Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill, 2010 and The Public Premises Bill, 2014. Time has also been allocated for taking up two motions in Rajya Sabha relating to annulment and modification of the central government’s notification of December 2, 2014 seeking to increase the Basic Excise Duty on petrol and diesel.

Details of Bills passed during the first three weeks of winter session are as below:


S.No

Bill

Lok Sabha

Rajya Sabha

1.

Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014

Passed

 -

2.

The Appropriation Bill, 2014

Passed

-

3.

The Payment and Settlement Systems (Amendment) Bill, 2014

Passed

-

4.

The Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2014

Passed

-

5.

The Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014

Passed

Passed

6.

The Labour Laws (Exemption from furnishing returns and maintaining registers by certain establishments) Amendment Bill, 2014

Passed

Passed

7.

The Textile Undertakings (Nationalisation) Laws (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2014

Passed

Passed

8.

The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2014

Passed

Passed

9.

The Merchant Shipping (Second Amendment) Bill, 2014

Passed

Passed

10.

The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014

Passed

Passed

11.

The School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014

Passed

Passed

12.

The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2014

Passed

Passed

13.

The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Bill, 2014

Passed

Passed

Rajya Sabha lags behind the Lower House in terms of number of Bills passed on account of continuous disruptions for four days during the second week of the winter session on the issue of some observations made by a member of the union council of ministers.

Source: PIB