Just three days into the Monsoon Session of Parliament, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have already passed two Bills each. Encouraged by this, the government plans to bring in four more Bills, in addition to the 16 lined up by it for the session at the outset.
While broadly sharing the government plan, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar did not disclose the new Bills in the pipeline saying these had to be cleared by the Cabinet first.
The Lok Sabha passed The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016, after long discussions lasting over five hours on Tuesday.
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The government introduced four Bills in the House on Tuesday — The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2016, The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016, The High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016, and The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The IIT (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is likely to be taken up for consideration on Thursday.
The Lok Sabha did not conduct any business on the opening day of the session on July 18 due to an adjournment following the demise of a sitting member, Dalpat Singh Kulaste of the BJP.
The Rajya Sabha passed two Bills on Monday—The Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016, which had been cleared by the Lok Sabha earlier, and The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012.
The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016, was introduced in the Upper House on Tuesday. It could not be taken up for consideration due to the pandemonium in the House on Wednesday. It was passed by the Lok Sabha on May 3.