New Delhi(web team): On the eve of resumption of Budget Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday voiced hope that it would be full of “outcomes”, noting that the productivity of Parliament has “reached 125 per cent” since his government came to power.
“In a way the second phase of the session is stronger because MPs come back with more focus. I am sure this half would be full of quality debates and outcomes,” he said.
With Parliament set to witness a stormy session over a host of issues, including the controversial land bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu asked BJP MPs to be present in their House throughout.
According to the schedule of business, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy will lay on the table a copy of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, promulgated by the President on April 3 under Article 123(2)(a) of Constitution.
8:02 IST Monday, 20 April 2015
I look forward to a productive session: PM Modi
Parliament session begins today. I look forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues.
What will be discussed
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also make a statement regarding the ‘Recent Developments in the Republic of Yemen and efforts made for safe evacuation of Indian nationals from there’.
Lok Sabha is likely to discuss the Demands for Grants of Ministries of Home, Health and Family Welfare, Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Chemicals and Fertilisers and Drinking Water & Sanitation.
Rajya Sabha is likely to discuss the working of the Ministries of Law and Justice, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Social Justice and Empowerment and External Affairs.
The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2015 is slated for introduction in Lok Sabha on April 20, 2015. The Government is keen that both Houses of
Parliament take up for consideration the GST Bill, Disclosure of Foreign Income and Assets Bill and the Real Estate (Development and Regulation) Bill during the second part of the Budget session.
Land acquisition ordinance
The land acquisition ordinance, which the government could not get converted into a legislation in the first half of the budget session in Parliament due to stiff opposition in Rajya Sabha, was re-promulgated on April 3, a day before it was to lapse.
The fresh ordinance, which is the 11th by the Narendra Modi government, incorporates nine amendments that were part of the bill passed in Lok Sabha last month. It is pending before the Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA coalition lacks the numbers to get it passed.
To enable re-promulgation of the ordinance, the government had in last week of March got the Rajya Sabha prorogued.
However, the passage of the bill to replace the ordinance seems an uphill task for the government even in second half of the budget session and the new session of Rajya Sabha, which starts from April 23, as main Opposition Congress has escalated the fight over it besides other parties including from Janata Parivar.
(With agency inputs)