Govt to push for reforms during winter session

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 28, 2014 08:38 IST

Keen to keep the reform momentum going and get a good amount of legislative business done, the Modi government has planned 22 sittings of Parliament when it opens for a month-long winter session on November 24.

As many as 67 bills — 59 in the Rajya Sabha and eight in the Lok Sabha — are pending. BJP managers were hopeful that at least 30 bills would get Parliament’s nod, sources said.

The long-pending goods and services tax bill may finally be introduced and the government was also expected to seek the passage of three bills related to labour sector reforms.

Anti-corruption legislations, especially the bill on time-bound delivery of public service and amendments to the whistle-blowers bill, are high on the Centre’s list.

The insurance amendment bill that aims to raise the FDI cap in the sector, among other things, is also expected to be passed during the session. The government may also push amendments to the land law to make it industry-friendly. The bill was referred to a select panel when Parliament met for the budget session in July.

On Monday, the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs, chaired by home minister Rajnath Singh, met to recommend session dates to President Pranab Mukherjee.

The government will also need to get bills passed to replace two ordinances, including the one that allowed private steel, power and cement firms to bid for coal mines and enable commercial mining in future.

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