Parliament Winter session: The winter session of Parliament is likely to begin in the second week of December and may end before Christmas. According to media reports, the session may begin on December 3, a few days after the counting of votes in five states. Three major bills to amend the IPC, CrPC and the Evidence Act are likely to be considered during the session as the Standing Committee on Home Affairs has recently adopted three reports.
Central government will focus on CEC bill
Another urgent bill pending in Parliament relates to the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (EC). Although it was introduced during the monsoon session, the government did not insist on passing it during the special session of Parliament in view of opposition and opposition from former Chief Election Commissioners. The government wants to raise the status of the CEC and EC to the level of Cabinet Secretary, who currently has the status of a Supreme Court judge.
Women’s reservation bill was passed
In the recently held special Parliament session, 137 per cent work was done in the Lok Sabha. At the same time, 128 percent productivity was recorded in Rajya Sabha. The special session ran from 18–21 September and consisted of four meetings. Only one bill, the Women’s Reservation Bill 2023, was passed by both houses during the special session. It is an important moment in the history of India, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked all the MPs and political leaders for passing the bill with majority. The bill demands reservation of 33 percent seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.
The winter session of Parliament usually begins in the third week of November. It ends before Christmas, but no official announcement has been made about the season this time.