On July 18 Monsoon session of the parliament will begin, the session will address various pending bill and six ordinances. Within a span of 18 new bills will be introduced. According to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar 68 pending Bills in Lok Sabha and 40 bills in Rajya Sabha will be taken up.
Monsoon session is as crucial as Budget session, in the previous Monsoon session of Parliament, The session saw utilisation of just 1 per cent of its allotted time in Lok Sabha and 6 per cent in the Rajya Sabha.
Here is a look at the bills to be introduced in Monsoon session 2018
123rd Constitutional amendment bill
Lok Sabha passed 123rd Constitutional Amendment bill on 2017, which seeks to give constitutional status to national commission of backward classes. The bill was passed by the house with 360 MPs voting in favor and 2 against the bill.
The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2016
The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2016 states to transfer Bhogata community of Jharkhand from the SC to the ST list.
The bill was introduced by Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram amid din over the note ban issue, the bill also seeks to include some more communities from Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Tripura to the ST list.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017
The Muslim Women Protection of Rights in Marriage Act which states that it’s illegal for Muslim men to indulge in instant talaq, Supreme Court accepted the act recently. The bill will make instant talaq, illegal or void if proclaimed verbally, through writing or electronic form. The bill also states that wife can seek allowance and custody of her minor children by moving the court.
Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill:
Pending since November 2016. Surrogacy bill allows couples who are unable to conceive a child can opt for surrogacy; one of the conditions is that surrogate mother should be a ‘close relative’ of either the husband or wife although the Bill does not define the term ‘close relative’.
The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017
The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017 aims to look after medical education in India and replace the 83 year old medical council of India, NMC has several worrying features. And the NMC bill have not been debated satisfactorily, the bill remains a questionable remedy, and has drawn criticism from lots of people like India’s medical fraternity.
Other bills that will be addressed are Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017; these bill got cleared at Lok Sabha but couldn’t clear it in Rajya Sabha since it lacked majority in Upper Class.
Among the bills pending in Lok sabha include the one seeking to establish a national Sports University in Manipur, a bill seeking to establish a medical commission, a bill to regulate surrogacy, an international arbitration centre in New Delhi and bill for the protection of Transgenders
Dam Safety Bill, 2018
The Dam Safety Bill, 2018, states to establish a National Committee on Dam safety to lay out policies and regulation for maintaining dams in the country. When the bill was in introduced in the table it was opposed by lot of political parties, it was widely opposed by AIADMK. It has to be seen if bill will get a smooth passage.
DNA Profiling Bill, 2018
DNA profiling bill 2018 is likely take inputs from a 2007 draft. Under the draft Bill, the government will set up DNA data banks across India to store profiles. These banks will maintain a national database for identification of victims, accused, suspects and missing persons. Bill also impose jail term of up to three years and a fine of up to Rs one lakh on those who leak the information stored in such facilities.
Higher Education Commission of India Bill 2018
This bill will do away with the University Grants Commission Act and thus will help in setting up of Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). The primary focus of the bill is to focus on improving academic standards and quality of higher education.