A total of eight measures have been listed for discussion and passage during the session, according to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi.
On Monday, September 18, 2023, a five-day session of Parliament is scheduled to start amid considerable speculation about any surprises the government may have in store. A total of eight measures have been listed for discussion and passage during the session, according to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi.
Floor leaders were notified during the all-party meeting that three bills concerning SC/ST order and a bill on senior citizen welfare had been put to the agenda. The bill on the appointment of the chief election commissioner and election commissioners is one of the bills before mentioned.
The bill pertaining to the chief election commissioner and two election commissioners was introduced in the Rajya Sabha during the most recent Monsoon session. As it aims to place their service conditions on par with those of the cabinet secretary and not a Supreme Court judge, as is the case currently, the bill has received criticism from the opposition. This is perceived as a diminution of their stature.
Though there is no official word on any potential new legislation, there has been talk that a bill ensuring a quota for women in elected legislatures like the Lok Sabha and state assemblies may be presented. This is because Prime Minister Narendra Modi has frequently emphasised the expanding role of women in various fields in the nation, including at the most recent G20 Summit.
Joshi responded that the government will make “the appropriate decision at the appropriate time” when asked what its position was on the demands made by various parties to introduce the women’s reservation bill during the five-day session.
Rajya Sabha during the most recent Monsoon session. As it aims to place their service conditions on par with those of the cabinet secretary and not a Supreme Court judge, as is the case currently, the bill has received criticism from the opposition. This is perceived as a diminution of their stature.
Several parties, including the BJD and the BRS, have called for the law to be revived in recent weeks, and the Congress on Sunday voted a resolution in favour of it at its Hyderabad Congress Working Committee meeting.
On Sunday morning at the new Parliament building, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar raised the flag of the country. After a ceremony in the Central Hall of the current building, the session will transfer to the new building, according to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Joshi.
The event will celebrate the rich history of the Indian Parliament and make a commitment to make Bharat a developed country by 2047, according to a Lok Sabha bulletin.
Beginning on September 20, legislative activities will be conducted in the new structure. On Tuesday morning, the whole Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will gather for a group portrait.
On September 19, the caterers will also move to the new building, according to the administration.
Jairam Ramesh, the head of the Congress, recently expressed the opposition’s concerns about the session by claiming that the government might have some “legislative grenades” up its sleeve.
He had remarked the agenda was “much ado about nothing” and that everything could have been put off until the winter session in November when he had made a comment about it.
The government is sending a message that the move to the new building will likely represent a fresh start in many respects by preparing several departments of the parliamentary staff to don new uniforms.
The Congress has dubbed the new dress code for a section of the employees with a floral design as a “cheap” ploy to promote the ruling party’s election symbol, the lotus flower.
Joshi did not provide a precise agenda for the “special session” of Parliament that would last for five days starting on September 18 when he announced it on August 31. “Amid Amrit Kaal, looking forward to having fruitful discussions and debate in Parliament,” Joshi had written on X.