The monsoon session of Parliament commenced on 19th July and is scheduled to end on 13th August. Currently, 38 Bills are pending in Parliament. Nine of these have been listed for consideration and passing during the session. In addition, 17 new Bills are listed for introduction, consideration and passing – the full details of these Bills are not yet available in public domain. Six of the new Bills replace Ordinances issued since the Budget Session.
An interesting – and worrying – development over the last few years is the number of Bills that are listed for introduction and consideration within the same session of Parliament. This implies that these Bill would not be referred to a committee for careful scrutiny. Committees enable members to engage with experts and stakeholders, clarify issues with government officials, and take a nuanced position on complex matters. The proportion of bills being referred to committees has dropped from 71% in the 2009-14 Parliament to 27% in the last parliament, and 11% in the current one. This mirrors the position in state legislatures – in 2020, over 70% of Bills were passed within a day of being introduced.
The list of Bills includes several important amendments and new laws. To know what is proposed to be passed in the current monsoon session, read the guest blog by M. R. Madhavan, of PRS Legislative Research, on ‘The Monsoon session of the Parliament'. To read this guest blog click on this link