Government holds All Party Leaders Meet ahead of Budget Session

31 January, 2018, 10:48 | Author: Kim Reid
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The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill and the Seeds Bill are likely to be taken up by the Rajya Sabha.

Centre government's move to pass the triple talaq bill getting a mixed response from different political parties.

A day before the start of the session, the government met leaders of several political parties in Parliament House and sought their cooperation in ensuring its success. The Budget will be presented on Thursday.

Making a strong pitch for the passage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar, and other leaders of the Opposition attended the meeting.

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At the all-party meeting held on Sunday to discuss the business that the government proposes for the session, opposition parties have expectedly hit out at the government for such a short first phase of the session, accusing it of running away from critical issues it wanted to raise. This year the budget session will be held from 29th January to 6th April.

The acceleration trend in rural wages (agriculture and non agriculture) in 2016 on the back of good monsoon, seems to have decelerated from just before the kharif of 2017 although it is greater than much of last three years, says the Economic Survey 2017-18 tabled in Parliament on Monday. "This Budget will provide a new energy to the fast-growing economy of the country", he said.

The Triple Talaq Bill that was passed in the Lok Sabha in the last winter session of the Parliament will be in focus in the Upper House in this session.

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Varun Gandhi has asked Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to help begin a "movement" to ask rich lawmakers to forego their salaries for the rest of the Lok Sabha term.

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"We are hopeful that the upcoming session will be a productive one".

"Like the way parties passed the GST unanimously, we are requesting them to pass this Bill, which is going to ban the practice of instant triple talaq (Talaq-e-Biddat) among Muslims", he said.

Meanwhile, the Opposition is planning to raise concerns on rising incidents of rape, the alleged "attack" on constitutional institutions apart from the plight of traders.

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