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Parliament Winter Session 2017 Agenda: 25 Pending And 14 New Bills

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| December 15 , 2017 , 08:07 IST

The Winter Session of Parliament 2017 is set to begin from Friday, with a total of 14 sittings and an agenda of consideration and passing of 25 pending Bills and introduction of 14 new Bills, before the end of the session on January 5. One Bill is also listed for withdrawal.

The Opposition, including then Congress President Sonia Gandhi, had slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling NDA government for the delay in the Parliament Winter Session, which typically begins in last week of November.

The Bills that will be discussed in the Winter Session of Parliament are related to finance, education, security, law, strategic affairs, social justice, shipping/transport, health, labour and urban development.

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Among the important Bills to be discussed are the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriages) Bill which gives women the right to seek maintenance from their husbands in the case of triple talaq, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which prohibits certain persons, including promoters of defaulter companies, from submitting a resolution plan.

Other Bills to be discussed include the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which proposes to make giving bribe an offence and require prior sanction to investigate officials and the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 which defines a transgender person, prohibits discrimination against them and prescribes penalties for certain offences.

The controversial Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 is also to be discussed, which would prohibit commercial surrogacy, only allowing altruistic surrogacy and specify criteria for the intending couple and surrogate mother.

The Parliament Winter Session 2017 will be the first parliament session after M Venkaiah Naidu became the Vice President and chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, as well as the first session after Rahul Gandhi became Congress President.

On Friday, the Lok Sabha would be adjourned after paying tribute to Chand Nath (of BJP from Alwar in Rajasthan), Sultan Ahmed (of TMC from Uluberia in West Bengal) and Mohammed Taslimuddin (of RJD from Araria in Bihar) who died during the inter-session period.