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By Vineet Dikshit

While there is fair ammount of anxiety settling-in in the treasury benches at the start of Monsoon Session 2021 of the Parliament, the opposition parties grouped together to decide to invoke various parliamentary ‘devices’ available to check-mate the government.

To begin with, on Sunday a day before the start of session, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a large meeting of floor leaders from both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha..

Almost 33 leaders of various political parties took part in this preparatory taking notes from the government’s agenda for the monsoon session which begins tomorrow i.e. on Monday, 19th July 2021.

Later in the day, the only Leader of the Opposition from either of the two Houses of Parliament, Mallikarjun Kharge – the LoP Rajya Sabha –  held a separate meeting to decide to keep alive the pressure on the government,  demanding that important Bills need a proper scrutiny from designated  Standing Committees.

This session is being held keeping all COVID19 protocols factored-in and includes MPs being asked to sit with some distance between them.

They are being asked to spread-out and sit all over the available space within both the House chambers,  with the exception being that of the Press Galleries in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

This session is scheduled to conclude on 13th of August 2021.

Leaders who took part in the PM’s meeting, representing 33 political parties, included the Congress, TMC, DMK, YSRCP, Shiv Sena, JDU, BJD, SP, TRS, AIDMK, BSP, NCP, TDP, Akali Dal, RJD, AAP, CPI, CPI (M), IUML, AJSU, RLP, RSP, MDMK, Tamil Maanila Congress, Kerala Congress, JMM, MNF, RPI, and the NPF.

And opposition leaders spotted at the LoP Rajya Sabha’s meeting were from the Congress, NCP, TMC, DMK, SS, CPI, CPM, AAP, RSP and IUML.

Important points to remember for the schedule of 19 sitting of the Monsoon Session includes  –

  • 31 Government business items (including 29 Bills and 2 financial items) will be taken up.
  • Six bills will be brought to replace the ordinances.
  • List of bills likely to be taken up during monsoon session, 2021
    1. The Tribunal Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2021 – To replace Ordinance.
    2. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021- To replace Ordinance.
    The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill,
    2021 – To replace Ordinance.
    4. The Essential Defence Service Bill, 2021- To replace Ordinance.
    5. The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2021 – To replace Ordinance.
    6. The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2021 – To replace Ordinance.
    7. The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019.
    8. The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020
    9. The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020.
    10. The Maintenance & Welfare of parents & Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
    The National Institutes of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019 as passed
    by Rajya Sabha.
    12. The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021 as passed by Lok Sabha.
    13. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021 as passed by Lok Sabha.
    14. The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019.
    15. The Coal Bearing Areas (Acquisition & Development) Amendment Bill, 2021.
    The Chartered Accountants, the Cost and Works Accountants and the Company Secretaries
    (Amendment) Bill, 2021
    17. The Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
    18. The Cantonment Bill, 2021.
    19. The Indian Antarctica Bill, 2021.20. The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
    21. The Indian Institute of Forest Management Bill, 2021.
    22. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
    23. The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
    24. The Indian Marine Fisheries Bill, 2021.
    25. The Petroleum and Minerals Pipelines (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
    26. The Inland Vessels Bill, 2021.
    27. The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
    28. The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021.
    29. The Coconut Development Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
    1. Presentation, Discussion and Voting on Supplementary Demands for Grants for the 2021-22 and
    introduction, consideration and passing of the related Appropriation Bill.2. Presentation, Discussion and Voting on Excess Demands for Grants for 2017-18 and introduction,
    consideration and passing of the related Appropriation Bill.