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Centre to push important bills in the Monsoon Session

Centre to push important bills in the Monsoon Session

As the Monsoon Session of parliament draws to a close today, the Opposition’s main point of contention remains the violence in Manipur. This issue has led to disruptions and even an unsuccessful no-confidence vote.

In the Rajya Sabha, the Opposition insists on a longer discussion about Manipur using rule 267, while the government prefers a shorter debate under rule 176.

The Rajya Sabha chairman is urging both sides to find a solution to this deadlock to proceed with the discussion.

In a different legislative move, the government is planning to introduce a bill in the Lok Sabha.

This bill proposes a 28% Goods and Services Tax (GST) for activities like online gaming, casinos, and horse racing.

At the same time, another bill is causing controversy as it may lead to disagreements with the judiciary.

The Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Services and Term of Office) Bill, 2023, was recently presented in the Rajya Sabha. It excludes the Chief Justice of India from the process of appointing top election officials.

This session of parliament has also seen the passing of a crucial bill. This new law takes away the Delhi government’s control over officer postings and transfers in the capital city.

This legislative change replaces a previous ordinance issued by the central government, signifying a notable shift in administrative procedures.

Addressing concerns about data privacy, another contentious bill has successfully navigated the parliamentary process this session.

The Digital Personal Data Protection (DPDP) Bill has been approved despite worries about its impact on privacy.  It proposes strict penalties for data breaches. This bill allows for fines of up to ₹250 crores.

As the Monsoon Session concludes, the focus on Manipur by the Opposition has caused disruptions and drama.

Meanwhile, the government’s legislative efforts cover a wide range of areas. These include GST rates for specific activities to changes in election commissioner appointments, administrative authority in Delhi, and data protection.

The outcomes of this session are likely to have a lasting impact on India’s political and legal landscape.

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