Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that Government is always receptive to the issues raised by all Political Parties and is ready to discuss all issues of national importance on the floor of both Houses of Parliament.
Addressing floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, ahead of the Winter Session 2018 of Parliament beginning tomorrow, he encouraged all Political Parties to strive to create a constructive atmosphere in Winter Session and to collectively address issues related to the welfare of people.
“It is a prime responsibility for all of us to contribute to the service of the Nation and its people by ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament”, he added. Earlier, All the leaders observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to former Cabinet Minister Late H.N.Ananthkumar. Later, a host of issues were brought up by the leaders of parties during the meeting.
There was a consensus across party lines on ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament without disruptions and deadlocks to be resolved through constructive discussions in both the Houses.
Briefing the media persons after the meeting, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Narendra Singh Tomar said that the Government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their co-operation for the smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament. The Minister informed that all parties were in favour of a productive Winter Session and the Government is always ready to discuss on the floor of the House, any issue as permitted under Rules of Procedure.
Tomar further informed that the Winter Session, 2018 of Parliament is scheduled to be held from Tuesday, 11th December, 2018, and subject to exigencies of Government Business, the Session may conclude on Tuesday, 8th January, 2019.The Minister said that the Session will provide a total of 20 sittings spread over a period of 29 days and 46 items, included 45 bills and 10 financial items, have been identified for being taken up during the Winter Session.
Three Bills to replace Ordinances namely (i) the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018; (ii) the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018; and (iii) The Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 are slated to be passed during the ensuing Winter Session.