With Rajya Sabha proceedings facing a standstill in the last few days of the Winter Session, the government is considering a plan to introduce all bills in Lok Sabha, where it enjoys absolute majority, to ensure their timely passage by Parliament.
“Once the bill is passed by the Lok Sabha, it can not remain pending in the Rajya Sabha for more than six months,” said a person familiar with the development, adding that in such a case there is a provision in the Constitution to call a joint session of Parliament to get the bill passed, if any bill has been approved by one House but either defeated or held back for six months by the other.
The government could also use the same strategy for the recently promulgated Ordinances, by introducing all bills to convert the Ordinances into Acts first in the Lok Sabha. “This is one option. A joint session can be called at least once a year where key legislations can be passed,” said the person.
Since adjournment of the Parliament last month, the government has also promulgated ordinances on easing land acquisition norms, coal mine auction, e-rickshaw, modification of arbitration laws and regularisation of colonies in Delhi.