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Winter session: The business of Parliament

A large bunch of Bills — some pending for several years — awaits action as Parliament meets in the Winter Session tomorrow.

Parliament house in New Delhi on July 24th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.
Parliament house in New Delhi on July 24th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

A large bunch of Bills — some pending for several years — awaits action as Parliament meets in the Winter Session tomorrow. The govt has not revealed its priorities yet, but it is likely to push the GST and Real Estate Bills strongly. Real lawmaking is expected to start only on Monday, after the two-day commemoration of the adoption of the Constitution.

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BILLS PASSED BY LOK SABHA

The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015
Replaces Ordinance promulgated on June 15; amends 1881 Act on promissory notes, cheques; specifies penalties for bounced cheques, etc.

The Repealing and Amending (Fourth) Bill, 2015
Seeks to repeal 295 Acts and make minor amendments to two laws.

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The Whistleblowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015
Amends 2014 Act; provides mechanism for receiving, inquiring into public interest disclosures against corruption by public servants

The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015
Repeals 758 Appropriation Acts passed during 1950-2012.

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014
Amends the Constitution to introduce the goods and services tax (GST)

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The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014
Replaces 2000 Act. Permits juveniles aged 16-18 years to be tried as adults for heinous offences; establishes Juvenile Justice Boards and Child Welfare Committees in each district

The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2014
Introduced in LS on July 16, 2014 to replace Ordinance. Adds new offences, such as forcing SC/ST to vote/not vote, assaulting/sexually exploiting SC/ST woman, garlanding with footwear, abusing SCs/STs by caste name, etc

PENDING BILLS

The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015
Introduced in LS on August 13, 2015. Amends 1954 (for HC judges) and 1958 (for SC judges) Acts

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The Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill, 2015
Introduced in LS on August 13, 2015. Amends 1882 Act to delete certain investment avenues for trust money

The Consumer Protection Bill, 2015
Introduced in LS on August 10, 2015. Replaces 1986 Act, widens ambit and modernise the law on consumer protection due to the changes in the markets.

The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2015
Introduced in LS on August 10, 2015. Amends 1958 law to comply with international convention on compensation for oil spills from ships’ bunkers

The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015
Introduced in LS on August 7, 2015. Amends 1972 law to empower government to revise airlines’ limits of liability and compensation as per Montreal Convention

The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015
Introduced in LS on August 7, 2015. Replaces 1986 law; establishes a Bureau for standardisation, marking and certification of articles and processes with broader ambit

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015
Amends principal Act passed in 2013 to exempt five categories of projects from requirements of social impact assessment, restrictions on acquisition of multi-cropped land, consent for private and PPP projects

The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) (Amendment) Bill, 2015
Introduced in LS on May 13, 2015. Amends 1988 Act; changes definition of benami transactions, establishes adjudicating authorities and appellate tribunal, specifies penalty for benami transactions

The National Waterways Bill, 2015
Introduced in LS on May 5, 2015. Identifies 101 new national waterways, specifies details of their development

The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill, 2015
Introduced in RS on April 29, 2015. Enables creation of commercial divisions in HCs, district-level commercial courts

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2015
Introduced in LS on April 20, 2015. Amends 2006 Act; increases investment allowance in MSME plants and machinery

The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Introduced in LS on December 19, 2014. Amends 2003 Act; seeks to segregate distribution network from supply business and introduce multiple supply licensees in the market

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas and other related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Introduced in LS on December 18, 2014. Amends 2013 Act and Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946

The Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014
Introduced in RS on December 17, 2014. Repeals 1982 anti-hijacking Act; widens definition of hijacker, hijacking, and imposes tougher penalties

The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Introduced in LS on August 7, 2014. Amends 1948 Factories Act; enables change of definition of ‘factory’, ‘hazardous process’, ‘manufacturing process’, etc.

The Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Amends Railways Act, 1989; redefines ‘accidental falling’, says no compensation for cases involving passenger negligence, suicide attempts, etc.

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013
Regulates transactions between buyers and promoters of residential real estate projects; establishes state-level Real Estate Regulatory Authorities

The Tribunals, Appellate Tribunals and Other Authorities (Conditions of Service) Bill, 2014
Establishes uniform conditions of service for chairpersons, members of 26 tribunals, authorities

The Waqf Properties (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Bill, 2014
Introduced in RS on February 18, 2014. Provides for eviction of unauthorised occupants of Waqf properties

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus And Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention And Control) Bill, 2014
Introduced in RS on February 11, 2014. Prohibits discrimination against HIV/AIDS affected, provides for informed consent, confidentiality in treatment, etc.

The Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014
Being brought in line with international obligations. Replaces 1995 law, covers 19 conditions instead of 7 currently, lays down rights and entitlements for disabled

The Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2013
Introduced in RS on August 29, 2013. Amends 1940 Act to regulate import, export, manufacture, sale of drugs, cosmetics, medical devices

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2013
Introduced in RS on August 19, 2013. To replace Ordinance to amend the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956

The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013
Amends Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988; makes specific provisions on giving a bribe to a public servant and giving a bribe by a commercial organisation

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The Mental Health Care Bill, 2013
Introduced in RS on August 19, 2013. Repeals Mental Health Act, 1987. Brought in consequence of ratifying UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007.