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Goel meets Manmohan to seek cooperation for smooth running of monsoon session of Parliament


New Delhi, Taking an initiative for smooth running of the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Statistics and Programme Implementation, Vijay Goel called on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Thursday and sought his and his party’s cooperation. Dr Singh welcomed the initiative of the government in reaching out to opposition leaders and noted that it was the responsibility of both, the ruling and the opposition parties, to let Parliament run smoothly. The government is also seeking the cooperation of the Opposition in the election of a new Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha after the retirement of PJ Kurien whose term ends in July. The usual practice has been that while the ruling party gets its nominee into the speaker’s or chairperson’s post, nominee from the opposition parties becomes deputy chairperson. Urging all political parties to extend their support for the smooth functioning of Parliament, Mr Goel said that the government was ready to discuss any issue on the floor of the House. The monsoon session will begin on July 18 and end on August 10.Mr Goel said he will meet other leaders of opposition parties and seek their support in passing of Bills on the six important Ordinances which are for the larger interest of the people of this country. These are: the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018; the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018; the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018; the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018; the National Sports University Ordinance, 2018; and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018. The Minister said that 68 bills were pending in the Lok Sabha and 40 in the Rajya Sabha, thus making it imperative for all political parties to cooperate in passing these Bills during the 18-day monsoon session. Observing that in the last Budget session the productivity of the Rajya Sabha was only 8 per cent and that of the Lok Sabha the productivity was only four per cent, he expressed the hope that for the upcoming session, accusations and counter-accusations would give way to cooperation in letting the Parliament function constructively. The Minister further added that important pending Bills such as the Muslim Marriage (Protection of Marriage Rights) Bill, 2017, the Motor Vehicles(Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 needed to be passed during the monsoon session for the larger interest of the nation.

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