Jaitley, Naidu to meet secys to plan winter session’s agenda

  • Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 15, 2014 00:24 IST

Finance minister Arun Jaitley and parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu will meet key central secretaries to prepare the ground for the Modi government’s extensive legislative business in the winter session of Parliament.

This would be the first such meeting in recent times where both finance and parliamentary affairs ministers will jointly review the level of preparedness of different ministries in their legislative agenda ahead of a Parliament session.

The Centre, according to sources, has drawn up an initial list of 37 new bills for introduction during the winter session. Another 26 have been identified as key bills pending before Parliament.

Even as the NDA negotiators’ challenge lies in building a broad consensus around these bills to pass them. Most of the bills to be brought in the winter session are yet to get cabinet clearance and are at various stages of consideration.

There are at least five key reforms bills — the goods and services tax, bill, insurance bill, factories act and apprenticeship act amendments and the bill to replace the ordinance on coal block allocation. At least nine proposed bills including the right to services and grievance redressal bill are still at the inter-ministerial consultation stage.

In the last budget session, the government had to almost struggle to run the session as there were not enough official agenda in hand. PM Modi had reportedly directed his key colleagues to prepare for the winter session in advance.

The session is slated for November 24- December 23.

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