Winter session of Parliament begins today; govt set to push Citizenship Bill
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Modi government is set to push for the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a key BJP plank which is aimed at granting nationality to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring countries, in Parliament's Winter Session starting from Monday.
“The government has listed the bill in its items of business for the session,” news agency PTI quoted an official source as saying.
Apart from it, the government is planning to convert two crucial ordinances into law during the session. One ordinance reducing corporate tax rate for new and domestic manufacturing companies to arrest slowdown in the economy and boost growth was issued in September to give effect to amendments in the Income Tax Act, 1961 and Finance Act, 2019.
The second ordinance, also issued in September, banned sale, manufacture and storage of e-cigarettes and similar products.
This is going to be the second Parliament session of the BJP-led NDA government after it won the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The first session of the government was very productive as 30 bills, including the financial legislations that are part of the budget, were cleared by both Houses, the highest in any session in the past decade.
The two house also passed a resolution to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two union territories.
Meanwhile, an all-party meeting called by Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi on Sunday, ahead of the Parliament’s winter session.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Ministers Thawarchand Gehlot and Arjun Ram. Bahujan Samal Party’s (BSP) lawmaker Satish Chandra Mishra, Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’Brien and Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Lok Janshakti Party’s Chirag Paswan and Congress’ member of Parliament Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury were also present at the meeting.
The meeting was held at the Parliament Library Building in Delhi. This is the second all-party meeting after Saturday when political leaders discussed issues they wished to debate on during the Parliament session. Saturday’s meeting was also attended by PM Modi.
“Had a wonderful interaction with leaders and MPs across party lines this evening. We look forward to a productive Parliament session, where people-centric and development-oriented issues would be discussed,” said PM Modi after the meeting.
The winter session of Parliament scheduled to be held from November 18 to December 13.
(With PTI inputs)
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