|The government is planning to extend the monsoon session another time to pass a few more key bills in the Parliament. But would that actually be useful since the houses keep adjourning with uproar over various issues, two to three times a day on an average? A study by PRS Legislative Research has found that though 30 bills were slotted for discussion in the Lok Sabha over 78 hours this monsoon, the 16-working-days session had left scope for discussing them over just 36 hours.
According to NDTV reports, the government says it may go for another extension of the monsoon session to pass at least five key bills. The session was already extended by a week earlier, and ends on Friday. "Important legislation is pending... we are likely to extend Parliament session... appeal to all parties to let Parliament function smoothly," said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath today. Important bills are pending like the Land Acquisition Bill which is seen as a big vote-getter for the government like the "most debated" Food Security Bill. The legislation seeks to provide just and fair compensation to farmers while ensuring against the forcible acquisition of land. The ambitious Bill was passed in Lok Sabha last week with support from the BJP, but it may not be smooth sailing in the Rajya Sabha. The other important Bills that are still waiting to clear the first hurdle in the Lok Sabha are the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill, Pension Bill, and Judicial Appointments Commission Bill. The RTI Bill seeks to shield political parties from providing information under the landmark transparency law and the Pension Bill, aims to create a regulator for the pension sector and extend the coverage of pension benefits to more people. The main opposition party has also reportedly blamed the government for the ongoing deadlock in Parliament.