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Six legislative proposals to be taken up in Rajya Sabha, CAB’ 16 not listed

Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: The Government and the opposition and other parties today reached an understanding on the Bills to be taken up for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Budget Session of the House that concludes on the 13th of this month, claims a media report.

As a result, six legislative proposals including the one to replace an ordinance will be taken up during the Session.

Earlier in the day, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu urged the Government and leaders of various parties to sit across the table and decide on the Bills that could be taken up. Naidu said that this session is the last one before general elections, thus, a sincere effort shall be made to ensure proper functioning of the House to send out the right message.

He further urged that besides the debates on the Motion of Thanks to the President and the general budget, it is necessary to transact substantial legislative business as well.

Later, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Narendra Singh Tomar and his deputy Vijay Goel held a 30-minute long meeting with the Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and leaders of other parties for discussion on the legislative proposals that could be taken up.

It was agreed in the meeting that the following Bills would be taken up in Rajya Sabha during this Session;

  1. The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to replace Ordinance;
  2. The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018;

3.   The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018;

4.  The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019;

(This Bill passed by the Lok Sabha seeks to establish a new institution called the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) for the better management of arbitration in the country and to declare it an institution of national importance for related matters.)

  1. The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019

(To make leprosy as a ground for divorce)

2.  The Aadhar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Rajya Sabha is likely to discuss the Motion of Thanks to the President during 4-6 February, Budget discussion on 7th and 11th February and take up the agreed upon legislation during 12-13 February. February 8th is meant for Private Members Bill with the next two days being weekend holidays.

Ravishankar Prasad (Minister of Law and Justice), Bhupendra Yadav (BJP), Anand Sharma (Congress) ,  Ram Gopal Yadav (SP), Satish Chandra Mishra (BSP), Derek O` Brien (TMC), Ms. Kanimozhi (DMK), T.K. Rangarajan (CPM), D Raja (CPI), CM Ramesh (TDP),  Prof. Manoj Jha (RJD) were among the leaders who attended the meeting.