Monsoon Session begins today; Triple Talaq bill, Constitution (123rd Amendment) bill giving Constitutional status to National Commission for Backward Classes, high on govt’s agenda

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Monsoon Session of Parliament will begin today. Government has listed a substantive legislative business for the session. This includes 48 items including 46 Bills and two financial matters.

The bills prioritised by the government include The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill or the anti-instant triple talaq bill and The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, that gives Constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes.

The National Medical Commission Bill, The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, The Consumer Protection Bill, The Dam Safety Bill and Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill are also high on government’s agenda.

Six bills replacing ordinances promulgated in the inter-session period are also high on government’s agenda. These include The Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance; The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance; The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Ordinance; The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance; The National Sports University Ordinance; and The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance.

There were hectic parleys between the government and the opposition on the eve of the Monsoon Session yesterday. While the opposition brought up issues that it wants to highlight in the session, the government assured that it is willing to discuss all issues.

Government convened an all-party meeting yesterday to ensure smooth functioning of both the Houses.

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