Citizenship Bill to be taken up during Parliament’s winter session

New Delhi: The Winter session of Parliament begins on Monday with the Government seeking the opposition’s cooperation for a productive session even as Congress and other opposition parties look to attack the government on issues including economic slowdown, Jammu and Kashmir situation and imposition of President’s rule in Maharashtra.

Ahead of the Parliament session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi convened an all-party meeting on Sunday.

In the meeting, the Opposition demanded that the issues of economic slowdown, job loss and farm distress be discussed during the session, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.

At the meeting attended by 27 parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped for a productive session.

The PM said the most important job of the House is to discuss and debate.

The Parliament will take up the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 during the nearly-month long winter session which commences on Monday.

The Citizenship Bill, a key BJP plank, aims at granting citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan who came to India before December 31, 2014.

The session, which will go on till December 13, will provide a total of 20 sittings.

Other key bills such as Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, Anti Maritime Piracy Bill 2019 and Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 are among the 47 items expected to be taken up during the House proceedings.

The Personal Data Protection Bill is about handling and processing of consumer information by corporate organisations and introducing strict regulations and penalties.

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, that was passed in the Lok Sabha in July, seeks to prohibit discrimination against transgender persons, including in matters of employment and provides for giving certificates of identity to them.

The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 is also expected to come up in the House and would replace an ordinance that was approved by the Cabinet in September.

The ordinance prohibits the manufacture, trade, and advertisement of e-cigarettes in India.