With just three days to go and many bills stuck, will Parliament see some work?


New Delhi: With just three days left for the Winter Session to conclude, the Centre is likely to push several crucial bills pending in Parliament after political parties agreed to call truce at a meeting called by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Saturday.
However, consensus eludes the Goods and Services Tax – touted as the biggest tax reform – as parties continue to bicker on the policy.
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In the Upper House, where the Winter Session has been a near washout so far, 18 bills are pending. No new bill could be introduced in Rajya Sabha during the session, while the only one that was passed was the The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, which deals with cheque bounce cases.

Legislative and financial items entailing 43-and-a-half-hours of business are pending before the House, including key bills like The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill and The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill are to be taken up.

There is a broad political consensus to pass the the SC/ST bill, which is a politically-sensitive issue.


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