GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 18th Sept. The five-day special session of Parliament is all set to begin today (on Monday), with parliamentary business shifting from the old building to the adjacent new state-of-the-art facility on September 19.
Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi announced on Sunday that the Session will have 5 sittings spread over 5 days, and that eight legislative items are planned to be taken up during this session.
“Parliamentary journey of 75 years starting from Samvidhan Sabha – achievements, experiences, memories and learnings” will also be discussed.
Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar hoisted the national flag atop the new Parliament building’s “Gaja Dwar” on Sunday. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla was also present. The Parliament will hold a Special Session from September 18 to September 22.
After weeks of no information regarding the agenda, the government stated last week that it will include bills to be considered as well as a discussion on “Parliamentary journey of 75 years beginning with Samvidhan Sabha – achievements, experiences, memories, and learnings.”
Earlier on Sunday, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Joshi asked active cooperation and assistance from all parties to ensure the seamless operation of the two Houses of Parliament.
Various ministers, including Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who is also the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, and Union Minister V Muraleedharan, as well as 51 leaders from 34 political parties, attended the meeting of all the floor leaders of political parties in Parliament.
Joshi informed leaders that a photo session would take place from 10 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. on September 19, 2023, followed by a function in the Central Hall beginning at 11 a.m. and attended by the Vice-President/Chairman, Rajya Sabha, the Prime Minister, Speaker, Lok Sabha, Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, and Leader of Largest
After the function in the Central Hall concludes, both Houses will convene in their respective Chambers in the New Parliament House.
The announcement of the Special Session surprised political observers, as parties prepare for assembly elections in five states later this year.
Meanwhile, four legislation, including one governing the appointment, conditions of service, and term of office of the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners, are on the government’s legislative agenda for the session.
Apart from the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (Appointment Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Bill, introduced in Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon session on August 10, the list includes ‘The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023’ and ‘The Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023’, already passed by Rajya Sabha on August 3.
The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023 amends the Advocates Act, 1961, while the Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023 repeals the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867.
Besides, ‘The Post Office Bill, 2023’ has also been listed in the Lok Sabha business. The bill was earlier introduced in Rajya Sabha on 10 August 2023 and it repeals the Indian Post Office Act, 1898.