Last session from today

The current Lok Sabha is set to commence its last session from Thursday. The basic agenda for Parliament is to pass the mandatory vote-on-account...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 12, 2009 11:29:02 pm

The current Lok Sabha is set to commence its last session from Thursday. The basic agenda for Parliament is to pass the mandatory vote-on-account in the absence of a full-fledged Budget,but the Opposition is likely to use the opportunity to attack the Government over the Election Commission controversy,alleged misuse of the CBI,Satyam fraud and the Pakistan issue.

“It will be a vibrant session,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi told reporters on Wednesday evening,dismissing suggestions that it is going to be a “lame-duck session”. “Things will go smoothly,” Ravi said when asked if he foresaw problems in the wake of the current tension between the Congress and SP.

The 15-day session with a total of 10 sittings will get underway with the Presidential Address,which is likely to be followed by an adjournment after obituary references as a tribute to former President R Venkataraman,who died recently. The Interim Railway Budget will be presented on Friday and the Interim General Budget on Monday.

The Government has lined up a total of 27 bills for the session. The four bills listed for introduction,consideration and passing include the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill,the Emigration (Amendment) Bill and OBC (Reservation in Posts and Services) Bill. Other bills scheduled to be taken up include the Employees State Insurance Bill,the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill,the Seeds Bill and the Prevention of Money Laundering Bill.

The session would conclude with the adoption of a motion of thanks to the Presidential Address.

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