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Budget Session of Parliament Begins Today, Full Agenda of Bills

The Budget Session of Parliament begins today, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 with the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley prepared to present the budget for financial year 2017-18 on February 1, instead of Februaru 28.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged leaders of all the political parties to rise above party lines to cooperate with the Government ahead of the budget presentation.

Rejecting opposition contention that the budget preceds elections in five state assemblies, Jaitley said the date was announ ced six months before and EC has also taken note of it before announcing the election schedule.

Jaitley, however, assured that the Government will observe discipline and will abide by Election Commission guidelines regarding level playing field for all parties in poll bound States.

A host of issues were brought up by the leaders of parties during the meeting including withdrawal of high value currency notes, advancing of Budget presentation, increasing the number of sitting days of the Parliament and holding another meeting of leaders of all parties before the start of second part of the Budget Session 2017. There was a consensus across party lines on ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament without disruptions and deadlocks to be resolved through constructive discussions in both the Houses.

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananth Kumar, later briefing media persons presented the Government’s legislative agenda for the 31 sittings of the Budget Session includes 40 Bills consisting of one Bill relating to Supplementary Demands for General Budget.

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Here is the list of items of Government Business Identified for being taken up in both the Houses of Parliament during this Budget Session, 2017:

I. Bills for replacing Ordinances
1.The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016, as passed by Lok Sabha and as reported by Select Committee of Rajya Sabha
2.The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017
3.The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017

II Bills for Introduction, Consideration and Passing

  1. The Finance Bill, 2017
  2. The Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017
  3. The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment), Bill, 2017
  4. The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017
  5. The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  6. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  7. The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  8. The Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, 2017
  9. The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2017
    10.The Collection of Statistic (Amendment) Bill, 2017
    11.The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2017
    12.The Central Goods & Service Tax Bill, 2016;
    13.The Integrated Goods & Service Tax Bill, 2016;
    14.The Goods & Services Tax (Compensation for loss of revenue) Bill, 2016
    15.The Divorce (Amendment) Bill, 2017
    16.The Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017
    17.The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017
    18.The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2017
    19.The Indian National Defence University Bill, 2017
    20.The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2017
    21.The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017

III Bills for Consideration and Passing
(A) Bills pending in Lok Sabha
1.The Mental Health Care Bill, 2016, as passed by Rajya Sabha
2. The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, as passed by Rajya Sabha
3.The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016
4.The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016
5.The National Institute of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016
6.The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016
7.The Consumer Protection Bill, 2015

(B) Bills pending in Rajya Sabha
1.The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, as passed by Lok Sabha
2.The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016, as passed by Lok Sabha
3.The Employees Compensation (Amendment) Bill, 2016, as passed by Lok Sabha
4.The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013
5.The Armed Forces Tribunal (Amendment) Bill, 2012
6.The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014

IV Financial Business
1.Third Supplementary Demands for Grants (General) for 2016-17;
2.Demands for Grants for 2017-18;

V Bills for Withdrawal (in Lok Sabha)
1.The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2016

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