|This may well turn out to be the hottest Winter Session of the current Parliament's term. For, a host of controversial Bills are lined up for consideration and passing in the session, which reconvenes on Tuesday.
Of these, the three anti-corruption Bills – Lokpal, Judicial Accountability and Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowers) – are slated to generate the maximum heat.
In its 21 sittings, the House may see a wide debate on some crucial Bills among the 31 pending for consideration and passing. These relate to pensions, LIC, seeds, pesticides, educational tribunals and copyrights.
Giving out the details, Mr M.R. Madhavan, Head of Research, PRS Legislative Research, told reporters here on Monday that a big question mark remains on passage of Bills.
“In the last Winter Session (2010), zero Bills were passed, in the Budget Session five Bills were cleared, and in the Monsoon Session, a total of 10 Bills sailed through.”
But, he said during the forthcoming session a lot depended on the position of the key Opposition party, the BJP.
In 2004, the BJP was fine with the Pension Bill, with only the Left opposing it. Now, the BJP has shifted stance and is opposing it along with the Left, he added.
Mr Madhavan said the three anti-corruption Bills are likely to be most debated. Even as the Standing Committee, headed by Congress leader, Mr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, is expected to submit the report by December 7, differences still persist over issues such as the role of CVC and CBI, definition of public servant, inclusion of the Prime Minister, Judiciary and lower bureaucracy, grievance redressal etc, especially among civil society members.
Key among the 23 new Bills listed for introduction are the National Food Security Bill, The Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, The Companies Bill, The Nuclear Regulatory Authority Bill, The National Highway Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, the National Sports Development Bill, the Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Bill, the Press and Registration of Books and Publications Bill.