Legislative business in monsoon session (With ‘13/20: Another low-yield parliament session ends’)

September 7th, 2012 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government could get only six bills introduced and six passed by either houses of parliament as the 20-day monsoon session ended Friday. Here is a look at some of the bills that were taken up amid the din raised inside both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha:

Passed by the Lok Sabha

* The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012 allows for six AIIMS-like institutes to be established across the country from Sep 15.

* North Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Bill provides for bifurcating the civil services cadres of Manipur and Tripura, meeting a long standing demand from the two northeastern states.

* Chemical Weapons Convention Bill amends the existing law that forbids transfer of specified toxic chemicals from and to a country which is not party to the international instrument.

* Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill redefines sexual harassment, and lays down guidelines for protection of women at workplace.

* The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Bill expands the central agency’s management.

Passed by the Rajya Sabha

* The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) Bangalore Bill provides for an “institution of national importance” status to the NIMHANS, Bangalore.

Introduced in the Lok Sabha

* The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012 seeks to abolish manual scavenging and for those in such inhuman employment to be rehabilitated with alternative vocation.

* The Constitution (One Hundred-Eighteenth Amendment) Bill, 2012 seeks to establish a special development board for six most backward districts of Karnataka.

Introduced in the Rajya Sabha

* The Constitution (One Hundred Seventeenth) Amendment Bill seeks to amend the constitution so that reservations can be provided in promotions.

* Armed Forces Tribunal (Amendment) Bill seeks to confer the tribunal with more teeth to ensure execution of its orders.

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