Monsoon Session: Congress demands discussion on Manipur in Parliament; 31 bills to be taken up

20 July, 2023 | Anupam Shrivastava

Parliament National

The government will be presenting 31 legislative items as opposition has sought PM Modi's presence over the issue of Manipur Violence

Following the display of unity by Opposition parties in Bengaluru, they are now prepared to address various issues during the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament starting Thursday. These issues include Manipur violence, railway safety, unemployment, inflation, the status of the India-China Border, and trade balance between the two countries, among others.

34 parties and 44 leaders attended an all-party meeting that the Centre called in the meantime. Pralhad Joshi, the minister for parliamentary affairs stated that during the all-party meeting, the leaders brought up a number of crucial issues in front of the government. The meeting was called to ensure the smooth running of the monsoon session, which will last till August 11 and include 17 sittings.

“Currently, the government have 31 legislative items which have been identified. What we have to bring and what not we will decide later but at least 31 legislative items are fully ready now, ” he said.

On the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which begins on Thursday, some of the parties want to introduce an adjournment motion over the violence in Manipur as well as other matters.

The opposition has specifically sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence throughout the discussion on Manipur issue. “Opposition parties have given many suggestions and our alliance leaders have also given. All the parties have demanded to have a discussion on the Manipur issue on which government is ready,” Joshi said.

“The government is ready to discuss all issues in the Monsoon Session. We have appealed to the Opposition parties to support in the smooth functioning of the Parliament,” Joshi said after the all-party meeting.

Other significant Bills proposed for the monsoon session are the Personal Data Protection Bill and the bill to replace the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Ordinance, 2023, which was published in May of this year. The Delhi government’s petition to the Supreme Court resulted in the ordinance’s promulgation, which deals with the regulation of services in Delhi.

31 Bills to be presented by the Government in Monsoon Session

The government will also be presenting includes Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019; DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019; Mediation Bill, 2021; Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Multi-State Cooperative Societics (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022; Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2023; Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill, 2023; Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2022 (with respect to State of Himachal Pradesh); Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022 (with respect to State of Chhattisgarh); Postal Services Bill, 2023; National Cooperative University Bill, 2023; and Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

Additionally on the list are International Monetary Fund and Bank Bill, 2023; Provisional Collection of Taxes Bill, 2023 18; the National Dental Commission Bill, 2023; National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, 2023; Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics Bill, 2023; Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023; Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2023.
Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2023; National Research Foundation Bill, 2023; Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Castes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Tribes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

The Union Cabinet passed the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023, earlier this month.

In August of last year, this administration withdrew the Personal Data Protection law from Parliament and said that a new law would be introduced. The Supreme Court determined in 2017 that privacy is a basic right, and the Centre is now developing the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023, which is a key tenet of the comprehensive framework of technological legislation.