Busy Parliamentary Session about to begin

NEW SPEAKER OF LOK SABHA

Presentation of the General Budget for year 2014-15 is the major exercise the new NDA government will handle in this Monsoon Parliament session, but there are several other important jobs lined up that may set shape of things to come in Parliament in the next five years.

The opposition parties, especially the Trinamool and the left parties are quite serious on demanding a discussion on the price rise and Railway fare hike issue to day itself, even before any other official government business is taken up.

The session which has 28 working days, 168 hours of duration to handle business, will begin with the oath taking of two new members. After a couple of other formal announcements, the Question Hour, the Airport Authority 2014 annual report will be submitted to the house by the Assistant Minister for Aviation, Siddeshwar.

The next business of the House, a Bill which proposes changes to the AP Reorganization Act, which has already been issued as an Ordinance, will be presented by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh. As the Ordinance has been brought without consulting any of the concerned parties, the Opposition parties are decided on questioning government’s method and motive on this. Whether the Polavaram Ordinance is introduced in the house or not, the session will move on as the Railway minister will introduce the annual budget tomorrow. The Economic Survey of the country will be presented on the 9th, the general budget on the 10th.

Of the other important activities of the government, changes to the  TRAI Bill will be a priority. The TRAI act says that any person who has worked as the Chairman of TRAI cannot take up any other official position later. But the BJP government has decided to take Ex TRAI chairman Napender Sharma as the Principal Secretary of the PM and has decided to amend the TRAI act for the need.

The rising crimes on women, with reports rising by the day, especially from UP and WB, are a big cause of concern too. The Opposition is set to stall the proceedings on the issue. The SC/ST atrocities amendment act is also coming up.

Giving the Congress party leader the status of Leader of Opposition is one contentious issue the ruling party has to deal with. Kamal Nath, senior congress leader’s declaration that the party will go to court if they are not given the due recognition, has shown that the Congress is sure to raise a cry over the issue. Senior members of the house, Mulayam et al, may face the ignominy of being pushed back from the front rows. The Congress too is asking for two more front row seats, how the speaker will react to these requests is to be seen. Parliamentary Affairs minister Venkayya Naidu has already said that Kamal Nath’s comments undermine his seniority and respect and the issue is entirely in the purview of the Speaker.

The Sessions are scheduled to end on the 14th of August.

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