10 Bills Listed for Consideration & Passing in 2015 Winter Session

Here’s a list of 10 Bills that have been listed for the Parliament’s consideration & passing in the Winter Session.

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The parliament will meet for the Winter Session between November 26th and December 23rd, 2015.

It’s going to be a tough fight between the NDA government and the Opposition to get legislations through.

The legislative agenda includes 19 Bills currently pending in Parliament for consideration and passage. 14 new Bills are proposed to be introduced. Out of these, one will also be taken up for consideration and passing. Two Bills will be withdrawn.

Here are 10 bills that have been listed for the Parliament’s consideration and passing for the 2015 Winter session.

1. The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014

Amends the Constitution to introduce the goods and services tax (GST) – passed by Lok Sabha, pending in Rajya Sabha where the NDA government does not enjoy a majority.

2. The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012

Prohibits the employment of children below 14 years and of adolescents between 14-18 years in certain hazardous occupations.

3. The Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014

Introduced in Rajya Sabha on December 17, 2014. Repeals 1982 anti-hijacking Act; widens definition of hijacker, hijacking, and imposes tougher penalties.

A sand sculpture by artist Sudarshan Patnaik depicts the Indian Parliament with various parties’ election symbols. (Photo: Reuters)
A sand sculpture by artist Sudarshan Patnaik depicts the Indian Parliament with various parties’ election symbols. (Photo: Reuters)

4. The Whistle-Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015

Amends 2014 Act; provides mechanism for receiving, inquiring into public interest disclosures against corruption by public servants.

5. The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013

Amends Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988; makes specific provisions on giving a bribe to a public servant and giving a bribe by a commercial organisation.

6. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014

Introduced in Rajya Sabha on February 11, 2014. Prohibits discrimination against HIV/AIDS affected, provides for informed consent, confidentiality in treatment, etc.

7. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014

Replaces 2000 Act. Permits juveniles aged 16-18 years to be tried as adults for heinous offences; establishes Juvenile Justice Boards and Child Welfare Committees in each district.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu at a meeting a day before the Parliament’s Winter session at the Parliament House, New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu at a meeting a day before the Parliament’s Winter session at the Parliament House, New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

8. The Mental Health Care Bill, 2013

Introduced in Rajya Sabha on August 19, 2013. Repeals Mental Health Act, 1987. Brought in consequence of ratifying UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007.

9. The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2014

Introduced in Lok Sabha on July 16, 2014 to replace Ordinance.

Adds new offences, such as forcing SC/ST to vote/not vote, assaulting/sexually exploiting SC/ST women, garlanding with footwear, abusing SCs/STs by caste name, etc.

10. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2015

Introduced in Lok Sabha on April 20, 2015. Amends 2006 Act; increases investment allowance in MSME plants and machinery.

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