Winter Session of Parliament to begin from 15 December

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) today recommended convening of Winter Session of Parliament this year from 15 December to 5 January next year, subject to exigencies of government business.

This was informed by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananthkumar to media persons after the meeting of CCPA.

The ensuing Winter Session will have a total of 14 sittings over a duration of 22 days.

The CCPA meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss legislative agenda for the coming session of Parliament.

Talking to media persons, Ananthkumar noted that it is not unprecedented that the schedule of the Parliament Session has been decided so as to avoid any overlap with the Assembly Elections in the States.

“This practice has been followed on many occasions by different Governments in the past,” he added.

Ananthkumar appealed to all political parties for fruitful and constructive discussions on important Bills and ensure smooth functioning of both the Houses of the Parliament.

Answering a question on Triple Talaq & the National Commission for Backward Classes, the Minister stated that it is a strong desire of the people of the country that Parliament should legislate on these two important issues and the Government is committed to respond to this desire.

During the winter session, three Bills will be taken up to replace three Ordinances, namely i) The Goods & Services Tax (Compensation to States) Ordinance, 2017 (promulgated on 02.09.17); ii) Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017; and iii) Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017

Parliament will also discuss the Supplementary Demands for Grants in this Winter Session.

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