The first Budget session of this AAP government is likely to witness acrimonious scenes, given how controversial the months since the last regular session have been. Apart from five government Bills slated to be introduced in the session, the Assembly will also take up three private members Bills, which are likely to foment confrontational politics.
To begin with, the Question Hour has been reduced to two days and that too at the end of the session.
Referring to the rulebook, former secretary (Lok Sabha and Delhi Assembly) S K Sharma said, “The first hour of every Assembly shall be devoted to answering and asking questions and Assembly or the Speaker should be intimated about session and Question Hour 15 days prior to it. Twelve days are given to the executive to prepare answers to the questions asked by members of the House.”
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Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said, “The Question Hour is the most important and lively hour in the House. I have relaxed the mandatory minimum limit of 12 days for submitting questions so that questions can be asked on June 29 and 30. About67 questions have been received for these two days.”
Three resolutions have been approved through balloting. Out of these, two could be controversial as they add to the ongoing tussle between the state and the Centre.
The first private member Bill, sponsored by BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan, concerns providing basic facilities to unauthorised colonies for their regularisation.
The second Bill is from AAP MLA Sanjeev Jha. It demands that DDA be transferred to the Delhi government “immediately”.
The third Bill will be put up by Jarnail Singh, AAP MLA from Rajouri Garden. It demands that amendments be made to the Constitution for “strengthening…the federal structure and democratic set-up”.
The session will see five government Bills, including Netaji Subhash Information Technology Bill, 2015. This seeks to upgrade the college into a full-fledged university, enabling it to increase the intake of students at graduate, post-graduate and PhD levels.
“The institute intends to increase this intake to about 12,000 students in phases. That is why the decision to convert it into a university has been taken by the Cabinet,” a senior official said.
The second Bill will deal with the recent Cabinet decision to keep 21 parliamentary secretaries out of the purview of the office-of-profit clause. The third will be Delhi Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2015. This will allow traders to carry forward their credit for successive financial years.
The fourth is the Delhi Appropriation Bill, 2015 and the final will be the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement (Amendment) Bill, 2015. In this Bill, the government proposes to extend the time period for protections to jhuggis and slums.