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Chances of dispute over important bill in monsoon session, preparations to bring bill for privatization of banks

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has called an all-party meeting on July 17, a day before the session, for smooth conduct of the session.

In the monsoon session of Parliament, the government and the opposition will be face to face on many important issues. These include the Banking Laws Amendment Bill to bring privatization of public sector banks, and four bills, including the prevention of child marriage, which were referred to parliamentary committees due to disagreement.

The opposition this time has made a strategy to surround the government on the question of controversial remarks by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, Agneepath scheme launched for recruitment in the army, alleged misuse of central investigative agencies, inflation and unemployment. The government has also prepared a counter strategy. As part of this strategy, more than forty MPs in the Lok Sabha from both sides have asked questions related to Nupur’s remarks, followed by the murder of two members of the Hindu community in Udaipur and Amravati.

Controversy possible over banking amendment bill
For the privatization of public sector banks, the government is preparing to bring the Banking Law Amendment Bill in this session. After the passage of this bill, the way will be opened to eliminate its entire stake in public sector banks. According to the Banking Companies Act, 1970, the government’s holding of 51 per cent in public sector banks is mandatory. The government had earlier proposed that its stake would remain at 26 instead of 51 and that too would gradually come down.

Electricity consumers will get relief
The government is planning to give relief to the consumers through the Electricity Amendment Bill. On passing this bill, consumers will be able to choose their preferred service provider like mobile consumers. This is expected to start competition among the power companies like telecom companies and its benefits will be passed on to the consumers. In this session, the government plans to bring a bill for the Enterprise and Service Hub. Through this, changes in the SEZ law will be possible.

All party meeting on 17th July
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has called an all-party meeting on July 17, a day before the session, for smooth conduct of the session. A meeting of NDA has also been called on the same day to decide the strategy for the session. The PM will also attend the all-party meeting. Significantly, on the very first day of the session, there is also the election of the President on 18th July.

Four important bills pending
Child Marriage Prevention Bill, Biodiversity Bill, Indian Antarctica Bill and National Anti-Doping Bill are to be introduced in this session. These bills were referred to parliamentary committees after objections from the opposition. The most important of these is the Child Marriage Prevention Bill, in which there is a provision to increase the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 years to 21 years. For this the Christian Marriage Act, Parsi Marriage Act, Muslim Personal Law, Special Marriage Act, Hindu Marriage Act will have to be amended. The entire opposition, including Shiv Sena and BJD, opposed the bill. The parliamentary committees attached to it had received 95,000 thousand suggestions by mail, of which 90,000 were against the bill. However, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, chairman of the committee, called it a conspiracy.

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