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At least 45 bills pending in Rajya Sabha

In Lok Sabha, bills pending include Consumer Protection Bill 2015 and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015

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Publish Date: Jun 15 2016 9:14AM | Updated Date: Jun 15 2016 9:14AM

At least 45 bills pending in Rajya Sabha

Forty-five bills are waiting to be cleared in the Rajya Sabha, some of them introduced around 30 years back, while the Lok Sabha is to dispose of not less than five bills at the end of last session of Parliament. 

 
Bills which are pending in Upper House of Parliament include Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2014, known as the GST Bill, which was moved in the Upper House in August last year after being passed by Lok Sabha. 
 
Another important bill is the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which was moved in December in 2015 but the discussion on it remained indecisive. 
 
This bill could not be taken up in the Budget session in May.
 
In Lower House of Parliament, crucial bills pending include Consumer Protection Bill 2015 and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015. 
 
Expressing confidence that GST Bill can see a forward movement in the next session of Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had on Tuesday felt that "legislation activity" can proceed at a faster pace with the increase in strength of those parties which support the bills in the Rajya Sabha and do not "obstruct" proceedings.
 
Last few sessions of Parliament could not see much debate though the second part of the Budget Session recorded relative improvement as far the completion of government business was concerned. 
 
Some bills are waiting to be cleared even after for decades. These include Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 1987, the Participation of Workers in Management Bill 1990 and the Constitution (Seventy-ninth Amendment) Bill 1992. 
 
Other key bills waiting to be cleared are The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Waqf Properties (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Bill 2014, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill 2015 and The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill 2016. 
 
Another bill awaiting in Rajya Sabha since 2007 is the Private Detective Agencies (Regulation) Bill, 2007 of the Home Ministry on which the report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs was presented in February, 2009.