Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: As it briefly came into session on Monday, the Lok Sabha introduced the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The Bill amends the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order of 1950 and permits the Parliament to modify the list of notified STs in it. The Bill also aims to restore power to the states to identify backward classes.
Two other bills — Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 — were passed in the house.
Meanwhile, the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009, to provide for the establishment of a university in the the Union territory of Ladakh, was passed by the Rajya Sabha. Both the Houses have adjourned for the day.
This year’s Parliament Monsoon Session, scheduled to end on August 13, was dominated by multiple adjournments and Opposition protests and demands to discuss the issues of Pegasus snooping, farm bills, hike in fuel prices among other things. As the session enters its last week, the possibility of a smooth house functioning seems grim. The Opposition parties on Sunday reiterated that they will not back down and continue to insist on a discussion of the concerned issues. The government, on the other hand, is unlikely to engage in one.