Winter Parliament Winter Session 2021

The time has come when the most controversial farm bills will be repealed in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament. Yes, upcoming is the winter session of the Parliament with a total of 20 working days, which begins from November 29 to December 23. As it falls on the eve of Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, and Goa, it is predicted to be a tense session. The Lok Sabha has nominated twenty-six bills for the forthcoming Winter Session of Parliament, including the Cryptocurrency Bill and the repeal of three farm laws. In addition, three ordinances are expected to be passed in the house.

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021, is one of three ordinances up for consideration. This measure, which is expected to be filed, will take the place of an ordinance amending the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985. One of the other ordinances, the Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021, will be introduced and passed in the next session, amending the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003. The last ordinance is that of the government’s Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which will now be filed as a bill to be passed during the winter session. The Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, as amended by this order.

Furthermore, three bills that were forwarded to Parliament’s standing committees for review are expected to pass this session. The Lok Sabha, on September 14, 2020, had also introduced the Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill, 2020, pertaining to the standing committee on health and family welfare. This, however, had been tabled on March 19, 2021.

The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021, introduced on March 15 of this year in the Lok Sabha, received multiple criticisms from the standing committee on the grounds of chemical and fertilizers. The report on this was later presented to Parliament on August 4, 2021.

 

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was tabled in the Lok Sabha on December 11, 2019, and has been referred to the standing committee on social justice and empowerment for consideration.

Moreover, what is being considered in the Finance Ministry for passage, will aid the prevention of bankruptcy and the development of effective procedures to deal with it. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Second Amendment) Bill of 2021 aims to reinforce and simplify the 2016 Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

The Human Trafficking (Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill of 2021 will also be considered. This is to prevent and combat human trafficking, particularly of women and children, to provide care, protection, assistance, and rehabilitation to victims and at the same time respect their rights and create a strong legal, economic, and social environment for them, ensuring offenders are prosecuted, as well as for matters related to or incidental to the above.

The Rajya Sabha is expected to adopt the Dam Safety Bill in the winter session, after having it passed by the Lok Sabha on August 2, 2019.

The Surrogacy Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2019 was approved by the Lok Sabha on August 5, 2019, and the Rajya Sabha submitted it to a select committee on November 21, 2019. The committee’s report, filed on February 5, 2020, is arranged for consideration by the Upper House of Parliament.

Among other bills expected to be introduced and passaged are the Chartered Accountants, the Cost and Works Accountants and the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Cantonment Bill, 2021, Inter-Services Organizations (Command, Control, and Discipline) Bill, 2021, the Indian Antarctica Bill, 2021, the Emigration Bill, 2021, the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the National Nursing Midwifery Commission Bill, 2021, the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2021, the National Anti- Doping Bill, 2021, and the Mediation Bill, 2021.

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Riddhima is a political science student at Delhi University, an avid reader and someone who has spent a lot of time travelling and living in different cities around the world. She speaks, reads, and writes around 4 different languages and hopes to be able to continue to learn more. She hopes to grow in the policy space with special focus on China.

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