Parliamentary Bulletin Part-II
No. 44907 Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Legislative Section
Statement regarding Government Legislative and other Business expected to be taken up during the Two Hundred and Thirteenth Session of the Rajya Sabha  
  A  Statement (not to be taken as exhaustive) showing Government Legislative and other Business expected to be  taken up during the Two Hundred and Thirteenth  Session of the Rajya Sabha is appended:

 

I.                     LEGISLATIVE  BUSINESS

 

 (a)

BILL INTRODUCED IN RAJYA SABHA AND DISCUSSION DEFERRED

Sl.No.

Name of the  Bill

 

Status/Purport

Motion proposed to be moved during the Session

 

1.

The Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry Bill, 2007

 

Introduced on 7.3.2007

 

Motion for consideration of the Bill moved on 5.12.2007. Discussion was deferred as agreed to by the House.

 

To declare the Institution known as the Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, to be an institution of national importance and to provide for its incorporation and matters connected therewith.

 

Consideration and passing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(b)

BILL INTRODUCED IN RAJYA SABHA AND NOT REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEE

1.

The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2003

 

Introduced on 7.5.2003

 

To amend  Companies Act, 1956

For Withdrawal

 

 

(c)

BILLS INTRODUCED IN RAJYA SABHA - REFERRED TO STANDING          COMMITTEES AND THEIR REPORTS PRESENTED

1.

The University Grants Commission (Amendment) Bill, 1995

 

 

Introduced on 2.6.1995

 

The Report of Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development presented on 16.8.1995.

 

To cope with emerging challenges in the wake of recent developments in the field of Higher Education.

 

For withdrawal

 

2.

The Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2001

 

 

Introduced on 24.4.2001

 

The Report of the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce  presented   on 18.3.2002.

 

To enable imposition of safeguard measures where surge in imports leads to  a threat to domestic industry and also include definition of developing country.

 

For withdrawal

 

3.

The Seeds Bill, 2004

 

Introduced on 9.12.2004

 

The Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture presented on 28.11.2006

 

To regulate the quality of seeds sold in the Indian market.

 

Consideration and passing

4.

The Drugs & Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2005

Introduced on 10.5.2005.

 

The Report of the Department –related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare presented on 21.12.2005.

 

To amend the penal provisions of Drugs & Cosmetics Act, to make them more stringent.

 

Consideration and passing

5.

The Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Amendment and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill, 2005

 

Introduced on 22.8.2005

 

The Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour presented on 20.12.2005.

 

To simplify the forms of registers and returns prescribed under various labour laws.

Consideration and passing

6.

The Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals Bill, 2005

Introduced on 21.12.2005

 

The Report of the Department –related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture presentedon 16.5.2007.

 

(i)  To prevent spread of infectious and contagious diseases of animals from one part of the country to another;

 

(ii) To establish “Controlled” and “Eradicated areas” within the country in order to reduce economic losses on account of major infectious and contagious diseases of livestock; and

 

(iii) To control animal diseases of public health significance on a national basis and promote import and export of animals and animal products by meeting India’s international obligations.

 

Consideration & passing

7.

The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2006

 

 

Introduced on 23.8.2006

 

The Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs presented on16.8.2007.

 

 

To amend various provisions of the Act to improve the functioning of the Criminal Justice System

 

Consideration and passing

 

8.

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2007

 

Introduced on 14.5.2007

 

The Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour presented on 16.8.2007.

 

To amend the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 for providing medical bonus.

 

Consideration and passing

9.

The Gram Nyayalayas Bill, 2007

 

Introduced on 15.5.2007

 

The Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice presented on 6.9.2007.

 

To give a system of judiciary which will be less expensive, free from protracted procedural wrangles, quick and available at the grass root level.

 

Consideration and passing

10.

The Unorganised Sector Workers’ Social Security Bill, 2007

 

 

Introduced on 10.9.2007

 

The Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour presented on  3.12.2007.

 

To provide Social Security to the workers in Unorganised Sector.

 

Consideration and passing

(d)

BILL ORIGINATING IN RAJYA SABHA AND PENDING WITH STANDING COMMITTEE   

 

1.

The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) (Union Territories) Order (Amendment)  Bill, 2007

 

Introduced on  27.11.2007

 

The Bill was referred to the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment on 14.12.2007.

 

To review the list of Scheduled Tribes of Lakshdweep.

 

May be taken up for consideration and passing in case the Report of the Committee on the Bill is presented to the Lok Sabha.

 

(e)

BILL INTRODUCED IN LOK SABHA AND NOT REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEE

 

1.

The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2005

 

Introduced on 16.8.2005

 

To provide flexibility in the matter of employment of women during night shift in a factory.

 

Consideration and Passing

(f)

BILLS INTRODUCED IN LOK SABHA - REFERRED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEES AND THEIR REPORTS PRESENTED

 

  1.  

The Constitution (One Hundred and Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2006

 

Introduced on 22.5.2006

 

The Report of the Department –related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture presented on 20.8.2007. 

 

(i) To minimize the Government control over and interference in the working of cooperative societies so as to give them a genuine democratic and autonomous character;

(ii) to ensure timely conduct of elections, General body meetings and audit of cooperative societies; and

(iii) to professionalise the management of these institutions.

 

Consideration and Passing

  1.  

The National Jute Board Bill, 2006

 Introduced on 22.5.2006

 

 The Report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour presented on 24.11.2006.

               

To establish a National Jute Board.

 

Consideration and Passing

  1.  

The National Waterway (Talcher-Dhamra Stretch of Rivers, Geonkhali-Charbatia Stretch of East Coast Canal, Charbatia-Dhamra Stretch of Matai River and Mahanadi Delta Rivers)     Bill, 2006

 

 Introduced on 8.12.2006

 

The Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Road Transport, Tourism and Culture presented on 16.8.2007.

 

For providing unified development of the waterway for shipping and navigation and optimum utilization for transport of cargo.

Consideration and Passing

  1.  

The National Waterway (Kakinada-Pondicherry Stretch of Canals and the Kaluvelly Tank, Bhadrachalam-Rajarmundry Stretch of River Godavari and Wazirabad-Vijayawada Stretch of River Krishna)    Bill, 2006

 

Introduced on 8.12.2006

 

The Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture presented on 16.8.2007.

 

For providing unified development of the waterway for shipping and navigation and optimum utilization for transport of cargo.

Consideration and passing

  1.  

The Information Technology   (Amendment) Bill, 2006

 

 

Introduced on 15.12.2006

 

The Report of the   Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology presentedon 7.9.2007.

 

To create an enabling environment for business and also to address issues of concern regarding provisions relating to data privacy and security.

 

       

Consideration and passing

  1.  

The State Bank of India (Amendment) Bill, 2006

 

 

Introduced on 18.12.2006

 

The Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance presented on 30.8.2007.

 

To amend certain provisions of State Bank of India Act, 1955 to access the capital market for raising funds and for smooth functioning and better control.

 

Consideration and passing

(g)

BILLS ORIGINATING IN LOK SABHA AND PENDING BEFORE STANDING COMMITTEES

 

1. 

The Sixth Schedule to the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2007

 

Introduced on 30.11.2007

 

The Bill was referred to the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs on 11.12.2007.

 

To create an autonomous self-governing council namely, the Gorkha Hill Council, Darjeeling under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution within the State of West Bengal which shall have legislative, administrative and financial powers in respect of specified subjects and to provide for adequate safeguard for the non-tribals in the areas under GHC, Darjeeling

 

May be taken up for consideration and passing in case the Report of the Committee on the bill is presented to the Rajya Sabha.

 

2.

The Constitution (One Hundred and Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2007

 

Introduced on 30.11.2007

 

The Bill was referred to the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs on 11.12.2007.

 

To amend Articles  244 and 332 of the Constitution             (i) to create the Gorkha Hill Council , Darjeeling under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution for the Hill areas of Darjeeling within the State of West Bengal; and (ii) to maintain existing representation of the Scheduled Tribes and non-Scheduled Tribes in the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal from the areas under the Gorkha Hill Council, Darjeeling

May be taken up for consideration and passing in case the Report of the Committee on the bill is presented to the Rajya Sabha.

 

 

 

 

 

(h)

 

NEW BILLS

 

 

1.

The Sugar Development Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2008

(To replace an Ordinance)

To replace the Sugar Development Fund (Amendment) Ordinance, 2008 (No.4 of 2008) promulgated on 5.2.2008

For defraying expenditure for the purpose of financial assistance to sugar factories towards interest on loan given in terms of any scheme approved by the Central Government

 

Introduction, consideration and passing

2.

The Forward Contracts (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2008

(To replace an Ordinance)

 

To replace the Forward Contracts (Regulation) Amendment Ordinance, 2008 (No.3 of 2008) promulgated on 31.1.2008

 

To strengthen the legal and regulatory framework in respect of commodity derivatives market and to grant autonomy to the Forward Commission

 

Introduction, consideration and passing

3.

The Food Safety and Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2008

(To replace an Ordinance)

To replace theFood Safety and Standards (Amendment) Ordinance, 2008 (No. 6 of 2008) promulgated on 7.2.2008

 

To amend and re-word the provisions of section 7 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 relating to condition of service of Chairperson and Members of the Food Authority.

 

Introduction, consideration and passing

4.

The Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Amendment Bill, 2008

(To replace an Ordinance)

 

To replace the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Amendment Ordinance, 2008 (No.5 of 2008) promulgated on 7.2.2008

 

To provide Chairman as part time Member and Executive Members as whole time Members

 

 

Introduction, consideration and passing

5.

The Delimitation (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

(To replace an Ordinance)

 

To replace  the Delimitation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2008 (No. 1 of 2008) promulgated on 14.1.2008

 

To re-adjust the number of seats and delimitation of constituencies in respect of the State of Jharkhand.

 

Introduction, consideration and passing

6.

The Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2008

(To replace an Ordinance)

 

To replace the Railways (Amendment) Ordinance, 2008 (No. 2 of 2008) promulgated on 31.1.2008

 

For faster acquisition of land for ‘Special Railway Projects’

 

Introduction, consideration and passing

7.

The Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2008

 

To include any goods delivered into or from any SEZ which also includes inter unit transfer of goods amongst SEZs as ‘export’ and ‘import’ respectively, to bring in a tighter export control and improve the systems of levying and realizing fiscal penalties.

 

Introduction

8.

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

 

 

To provide for statutory authority to APEDA to register and protect IPRs in Agricultural Products.

 

Introduction

9.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

(i)                   To remove the restrictions imposed by reference to ‘Scheduled Industry’ in section 14 of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, certification regime in order to facilitate the growth of emerging technologies particularly in the area of Info, Bio and Nano Technology, etc. as well as protecting industries and consumers from spurious and substandards imports.

(ii)                 To facilitate early introduction of Hallmarking of gold jewellery under compulsory certification regime in order to protect the interest of consumers from ongoing exploitation by unscrupulous jewelers;

(iii)                To strengthen the penal provisions for better and effective compliance with the provisions of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986

 

Introduction

10.

The Companies Bill, 2008

 

To enact a comprehensive Companies Bill to address the need of the present economic environment

 

Introduction

11.

The National Commission for Heritage Sites  Bill, 2008

To constitute a Heritage Sites Commission with a view to laying down broad policy guidelines and taking steps to ensure that such guidelines are observed. 

 

Introduction

12.

The Finance Bill, 2008

 

To give effect to the new tax measures for the year 2008-09

 

Introduction, consideration and passing

13.

The  Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

To give power to the Parliament through legislation to fix the ceiling for profession tax payable in respect of any one person of the State or any one Municipality, District Board, Local Board or other Local authority in the State by way of taxes on profession, trades, ceilings and employment   

 

Introduction

14.

The Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill, 2008

To enable Government to notify class of Securities as eligible for investment by Trusts

 

Introduction

15.

The Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

To make certain amendments in the body of the Act as also to add certain new offences in the Schedule.

 

Introduction

16.

The Governors (Emoluments, Allowances and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

To increase the emoluments and allowances of the Governors of State

Introduction, consideration and passing

17.

The President’s ((Emoluments and Pension) (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

To increase the emoluments and allowances of the President

 

Introduction, consideration and passing

18.

The Vice-Presidents’ Pension (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

For rationalization of post-retirement benefits to former Vice-Presidents and their spouses.

Introduction, consideration and passing

19.

The Central Universities Laws (Amendment)  Bill, 2008

 

To amend the Banaras Hindu University Act, 1915, the Delhi University Act, 1922, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Act, 1966, the North-Eastern Hill University Act, 1973 and the University of Hyderabad Act, 1974. 

 

Introduction

20.

The Compulsory Registration of Marriages  Bill, 2008

 

To make compulsory registration of marriages

Introduction

21.

The Judges (Inquiry) Bill, 2008

 

To amend the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968 to include setting up of National Judicial Council for examining any allegation of misbehavior or incapacity against a Judge of the Supreme Court or Judge of a High Court.

 

Introduction

22.

The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill, 2008

 

 

 

 

To increase the number of Judges in the Supreme Court from 25 to 30 (excluding the Chief Justice of India). 

 

Introduction

23.

The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2008

 

To introduce auction through competitive bidding as a selection process for allocation of coal blocks for captive mining for specified/notified end uses.

 

Introduction

24.

The Railways (Second Amendment) Bill, 2008

To revise the salary, allowance and pension of the Chairman and Members of the Railway Rates Tribunal (RRT), Chennai with retrospective effect from 01.1.1996 as also for making eligible the existing retired Chairman and Member for pensionary benefit for the service rendered in RRT.

 

Introduction

25.

The National Highways Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

To increase the number of part time and full time members of the National Highways Authority of India.

Introduction

26.

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) Bill, 2008

To create an autonomous Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) to promote basic research activities of international relevance and quality in front-ranking areas in the country. 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

27.

The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

To include Nyishi in place of Dafie at Sl. No. 4 in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Arunachal Pradesh

Introduction

28.

The Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Amendment Bill, 2008

 

To give legal coverage for extension of the Delhi Metro to Noida, Gurgaon and further to serve as a model legislation for metro rail systems in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, etc.

 

Introduction

29.

The Salaries and Allowances of Officers of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

To increase the salary of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha from Rs. 40000/- p.m. to Rs. 85000/- p.m.

Introduction, consideration and passing

30.

The Council of World Affairs (Amendment) Bill, 2008

 

To amend section 15 of the Indian Council of World Affairs Act, 2001.

 

Introduction

31.

The Right to Education Bill, 2008

 

To make education for children in the 6-14 age group a  fundamental right pursuant to the 86th Constitutional Amendment, 2002

 

Introduction

 

 

 

 

 

 

II – FINANCIAL BUSINESS

 

BUDGET (RAILWAYS) FOR 2008-09

 

1.                    Laying of Railway Budget for 2008-09.

 

 

2.                    General Discussion on Budget (Railways) for 2008-09.

 

 

3.                    Consideration and return of the Appropriation Bills relating to the following Demands for Grants:-

 

(i)          Demands for Grants on Account (Railways) for 2008-09

(ii)        Supplementary Demands for Grants (Railways) for 2007-08 

(iii)       Demands for Excess Grants (Railways) for 2005-06

(iv)       Demands for Grants (Railways) for 2008-09 

 

BUDGET (GENERAL) FOR 2008-09

 

1.                    Laying of General Budget for 2008-09 on Friday, the 29th of February, 2008 at 1.00 p.m.

 

2.                    General Discussion on General Budget for 2008-09.

 

3.                    Consideration and return of the Appropriation Bills relating to the following Demands for    Grants:-

 

(i)          Demands for Grants on Account (General) for 2008-09

(ii)        Supplementary Demands for Grants (General) for 2007-08

(iii)       Demands for Grants (General) for 2008-09

 

KARNATAKA BUDGET FOR 2008-09

 

1.                    Laying of Karnataka Budget for 2008-09 on Friday, the 7th March, 2008 at 2.30 p.m.

 

2.                    General discussion on Karnataka Budget , 2008-09

 

3.                    Consideration and return of the Karnataka Appropriation Bills relating to the following Demands for Grants:-

 

(a)     Demands for Grants on Account (Karnataka) for  2008-09

(b)     Supplementary Demands for Grants (Karnataka) for 2007-08

 

III - NON-LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

 

1.                    Discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the Presidents’ Address.

 

2.                    Consideration and adoption of the recommendations of Railways Convention Committee (2004) on “Rate of dividend and other ancilliary matters for 2008-09.”

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