The Monsoon Session of Parliament commences today, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi announcing that 31 bills will be taken up during this session.
Scheduled to run until the 11th of next month, the Monsoon session will include a total of 17 sittings spread over 23 days. Among the important legislations expected to be addressed are the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill 2023, the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, the Multi State Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill, the National Dental Commission Bill, the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, and the Railways (Amendment) Bill.
To ensure a smooth functioning of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, the government convened an all-party meeting ahead of the Monsoon session and sought cooperation from all political parties. Parliamentary Affairs Minister expressed the government’s readiness to discuss all issues following the established rules and regulations with the permission of the Speaker. He appealed to the opposition parties for their cooperation in this regard.
During the meeting, several opposition leaders raised their demand to discuss the Manipur violence in Parliament. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Piyush Goyal, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, Prof Ramgopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party, AAP leader Sanjay Singh, M. Thambi Durai of AIADMK, and Lalan Singh of JDU, among others, attended the meeting. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also chaired a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee ahead of the session, where leaders of all parties assured their cooperation in the proceedings of the House.