Session Alert - Budget Session 2019 (16th LS)

Parliament Session Alert

Budget Session: January 31 – February 13, 2019

Highlights

  • The Budget Session of Parliament is scheduled to be held between January 31 and February 13, 2019. There will be a total of 10 sittings.
     
  • The Session will focus on financial business related to Interim Budgets, and discussion on the President’s Address.
     
  • Currently there are 74 Bills pending in Parliament. Of these, 35 Bills are listed for consideration and passage during the session.  11 new Bills are listed for introduction, consideration, and passage.  We list these below:

Bills listed for consideration and passage

Short Title

Key Objectives

Introduced on

Status

Education

The National Institute of Design Amendment Bill, 2018

Declares four National Institutes of Design in Amaravati, Bhopal, Jorhat, and Kurukshetra as institutions of national importance.

18 Dec 2018 Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

The Central University (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Establishes a new Central University and Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.

14 Dec 2018 Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

Security / Law / Strategic Affairs / Social Justice

The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019

Modifies the list of Scheduled Tribes in the state of Karnataka.

9 Jan 2019

Rajya Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Modifies the list of Scheduled Tribes in the state of Assam.

9 Jan 2019

Rajya Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

The Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Makes punishment more stringent for committing sexual crimes against children including death penalty.

8 Jan 2019

Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

The Trade Unions (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Provides statutory recognition to trade unions or a federation of trade unions at central and state level.

8 Jan 2019

Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Introduces offline verification of Aadhaar. The individual may voluntarily use Aadhaar number to establish identity for telecom and bank KYC.

2 Jan 2019

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 4 Jan 2019

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 – To replace an Ordinance

Makes declaration of triple talaq void and punishable with imprisonment up to three years.

17 Dec 2018 Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 27 Dec 2018

The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Amends several Acts regulating divorce to remove leprosy as grounds for divorce. 

10 Aug 2018

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 7 Jan 2019

The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Amends the composition, the term of office and resignation of Chairperson and members of the Human Rights Commissions.

9 Aug 2018

Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018

Regulates use of DNA technology for establishing the identity of certain persons with respect to criminal and civil matters. 

9 Aug 2018

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 8 Jan 2019

The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2018

Amends the provisions related to adoption.  Instead of the court, the District Magistrate will issue adoption orders. 

6 Aug 2018  Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018

Creates a law for investigation of all types of trafficking, and rescue, protection and rehabilitation of trafficked victims. 

18 Jul 2018

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 26 Jul 2018

The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Establishes an independent Arbitration Council for the promotion of arbitration, and other alternative dispute redressal mechanisms.

18 Jul 2018

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 10 Aug 2018

The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2018

Establishes a centre to conduct arbitration, mediation, and conciliation proceedings and declares the centre as an institution of national importance.

5 Jan 2018

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 4 Jan 2019

The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Amends two Acts to allow overseas voters to cast their vote in person or by proxy.

18 Dec 2017

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 9 Aug 2018

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 

Defines a transgender person, prohibits discrimination against them and prescribes penalties for certain offences.

2 Aug 2016

Lok Sabha

Standing Committee Report on 21 Jul 2017, Passed by Lok Sabha on 17 Dec 2018

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Proposes that illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan from specified religious groups (Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian) will be eligible to apply for Indian citizenship.

19 Jul 2016

Lok Sabha

Joint Parliamentary Committee Report on 7 Jan 2019, Passed by Lok Sabhas on 8 Jan 2019

The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015

Specifies grounds under which disclosures related to corruption may not be made.

11 May 2015

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 13 May 2015

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas and other related Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2014

Provides for the leader of the largest party in opposition to be part of the selection committee in the absence of a formal Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

18 Dec 2014

Lok Sabha

Standing Committee Report on 7 Dec 2015

Finance

The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018 – To replace an Ordinance

Recategorises certain compoundable offences as civil defaults and transfers some approval powers from NCLT to the central government.

20 Dec 2018

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 4 Jan 2019

Health

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 – To replace an Ordinance

Supersedes the Medical Council of India for one year and constitutes a Board of Governors to exercise the powers of the Council.

14 Dec 2018

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 31 Dec 2018

The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017

Repeals the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and sets up the National Medical Commission to regulate medical education and practice. 

29 Dec 2017

Lok Sabha

Standing Committee Report on 20 Mar 2018

The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Removes the mandatory requirement of the representation of certain dentists in Dental Councils set up under the Dentists Act, 1948.

18 Dec 2017

Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016

Prohibits commercial surrogacy, allows altruistic surrogacy and specifies criteria for the intending couple and surrogate mother.

21 Nov 2016

Lok Sabha

Standing Committee Report on 10 Aug 2017, Passed by Lok Sabha on 19 Dec 2018

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018

Enforces consumer rights, and provides a mechanism for redressal of complaints regarding defect in goods and deficiency in services.

5 Jan 2018 

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 20 Dec 2018

Shipping / Transport

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Increases the threshold for classifying major airports and removes tariff determination by AERA in certain cases.

18 Jul 2018

Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016

Provides for regulation of major ports and vests the management of such ports in the Boards of Major Port Authorities.

16 Dec 2016

Lok Sabha

Standing Committee Report on 18 Jul 2017

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Seeks to address issues related to road safety, motor vehicle insurance, and increases penalties under the Act.

9 Aug 2016

Lok Sabha

Standing Committee Report on 8 Feb 2017, Passed on 10 Apr 2017. Select Committee Report on 22 Dec 2017

Urban Development

The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017

Specifies the procedure for eviction of unauthorised occupants from residential accommodation in public premises.

31 Jul 2017

Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

Labour/ MSME

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Amends the definition of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises on the basis of annual turnover.

23 Jul 2018

Lok Sabha

Standing Committee Report on 28 Dec 2018

The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Enhances the limit of overtime work hours and empowers the central government to make exempting rules related to overtime hours.

10 Aug 2016

Lok Sabha

Passed by Lok Sabha on 10 Aug 2016

Water Resources

The Dam Safety Bill, 2018

Provides for surveillance, inspection, operation, and maintenance of specified dams across the country.

12 Dec 2018

Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

Culture

The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Removes the President of the Indian National Congress as a Trustee.

28 Dec 2018

Lok Sabha

Not referred to Standing Committee

The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Permits the central government to carry out construction in prohibited areas, around protected monuments and archaeological sites, for public purposes.

18 Jul 2017

Lok Sabha

Passed on 2 Jan 2018, Select Committee of RS to present report by 8 Feb 2019

Sources: Bulletins of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha; PRS.

Bills listed for introduction, consideration and passage

Short Title

Key Objectives

Finance

The Finance Bill, 2019

Amends existing taxation laws in the country.

The Indian Stamp (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Amends Indian Stamp Act, 1899 with respect to levy and administration of stamp duty on securities market instruments.

Health and Education

The National Commission for Yoga and Naturopathy Bill, 2019

Sets up a National Commission to look at matters relating to education and practice of yoga and naturopathy.

The Pharmacy Council of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy Bill, 2019

Constitutes a Central Pharmacy Council of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy for regulation of education and profession of pharmacy in Indian medicine and homoeopathy.

The National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019

Provides the NIFTEM at Kundli, Haryana and IIFPT at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu with status of Institute of national importance.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training Bill, 2019

Grants statutory status to the NCERT and declares it as an Institution of national importance.

Home Affairs

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019

Amends the existing Act with respect to investigation and prosecution of offences relating to terrorism. 

The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Amends the existing Act with respect to investigation and prosecution of offences relating to terrorism. 

Science and Technology

The Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Amends the Act with respect to powers to investigate and merges the Cyber Appellate Tribunal with Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal.

Civil Aviation

The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill 2019

Recommends practices laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization for safety and security oversight function.

Culture

The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Addresses issues related to film piracy.

Sources: Bulletins of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha; PRS.

 

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