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The government planned several bills in the monsoon session; Opposition prepares counter

The government has prepared a big legislative agenda for the monsoon session of Parliament starting Monday, even as the opposition seeks to corner the ruling government over its handling of a second wave of COVID-19 and a rise in fuel prices. is.

The government has listed 17 new bills to be introduced in the session.

Three of these bills seek to replace the recently issued ordinances. Once the session begins, the ordinance has to be passed as a bill within 42 days or six weeks, otherwise it lapses.

One of the ordinances, issued on June 30, prohibited any movement and strike by any person engaged in essential defense services.

The Essential Defense Services Ordinance 2021 came in the backdrop of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)’s announcement by the major federations to go on an indefinite strike from late July to protest the government’s decision to amalgamate OFB.

According to the Lok Sabha bulletin issued on July 12, the Essential Defense Services Bill, 2021 has been listed to replace the ordinance.

The Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and adjoining areas Bill, 2021 is another measure that seeks to replace an ordinance.

According to the government, the ordinance was brought in to provide a permanent solution instead of limited ad-hoc measures and to set up a self-regulated, democratically monitored mechanism to tackle air pollution in the NCR and surrounding areas.

The opposition, on its part, wants to corner the government by raising issues such as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and alleged deficiencies in the health system during the distribution of COVID vaccines to the states.

It will also seek answers on the rising prices of petrol, diesel and LPG during the session ending on August 13.

The Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2021-22 will be presented, discussed and voted on as per the financial business listed in the Bulletin.

There will also be a presentation, discussion and voting on additional demands for grants for the year 2017-18.

On Saturday, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu urged the Members of Parliament to stand with the people amid the pandemic and discuss all issues related to it in the House to address the concerns of citizens.

Presiding over a meeting of leaders of various parties and groups in the Rajya Sabha ahead of the session, he also asked the leaders to ensure a smooth and productive session.

He told the leaders, “A dysfunctional Parliament adds to the current gloom and therefore all sections of the House must ensure a smooth and productive session as it provides an opportunity to address the concerns of those affected by COVID-19.” is.”

Noting that the second wave of COVID-19 infections created many surprises and severely tested India’s health infrastructure, Naidu said Parliament would be updated about various aspects of fighting the disease and the House It is the right platform for the members to benefit from the grassroots experiences. various states.

He said this is important in the context of a possible third wave of infections that is being talked about a lot.

During the session, all COVID related protocols, including maintaining social distancing, will be followed. Both the houses will sit together.

Amidst the pandemic, the Rajya Sabha used to sit in the first part of the day and the Lok Sabha in the second part.

But from the second part of the budget session in March this year, both the houses started sitting together from their usual time of 11 am.

As per the latest data, 444 members of Lok Sabha and 218 members of Rajya Sabha have been vaccinated with at least one dose. Officials said the figures could rise.

(Only the title and image in this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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