Parliament's monsoon session starts today, Lok Sabha adjourned

18 Jul 2016 | Written by Sneha Johny; Edited by Akriti Asthana

The Parliament's two houses will meet today to decide on a slew of measures pending their approval.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's focus is on passing the GST bill.

After the meeting commenced, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 11 am Tuesday due to the death of a Lok Sabha MP, while Rajya Sabha witnessed BSP clashes on atrocities against Dalits and adjourned briefly.

In context: Indian Parliament's monsoon session commences today

AboutParliament's monsoon session: What is it?

The two houses of the Indian Parliament, namely the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, meet every year to consider and take legislative measures on the multiple bills introduced and pending approvals.

There are three sessions of the Parliament - Budget, Monsoon and Winter during different seasons.

The monsoon session is scheduled between mid-July to September every year.

18 Jul 2016Parliament's monsoon session starts today, Lok Sabha adjourned

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Array of bills to be reviewed at Parliamentary session

The monsoon session of 2016, scheduled between 18 July 2016 to 12 August 2016, in 20 sittings, has nearly nine bills for passage, that includes the GST Bill and Prevention of Corruption Act. Another six bills are awaiting introduction and clearance in this session.
Monsoon session 2016: GST Bill seeks approval

GST BillMonsoon session 2016: GST Bill seeks approval

The proposed GST Bill, known as the goods and services tax, aims to centralise all the indirect taxes levied across sectors in the country.

This will enable replacement of taxes levied across 29 states.

The GST Bill is currently pending approval in the Rajya Sabha.

Th opposition party, Congress, said it will support the bill this session only upon the government addressing its concerns.

Modi's take on the proposed GST bill

"GST is of national importance. Issue is not which government gets credit. Important Bills, including GST will be taken up in the monsoon session and I hope for meaningful discussions and outcomes." - Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Kashmir issueKashmir conflict to be addressed in monsoon session

The Kashmir issue has been an ongoing territorial conflict between India and Pakistan, dating back to the 1940s.

Earlier this month, Burhan Wani, leader of the terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed by the army, resulting in mass violence and unrest that killed over 40.

With over 1,400 civilians injured, Kashmiri leaders have written to the UN for intervention to protect unarmed civilians.

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Arunachal Pradesh government issueArunachal issue to see debate in monsoon session

Around late 2011, Congress leader Nabam Tuki took over the reins as Arunachal Pradesh's Chief Minister, only to be quashed by rebels this year, who voted a formerly expelled party official as Chief Minister of the state.

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Nabam Tuki-led government would be restored.

The Congress party looks to debate this activity at the Parliament's monsoon session.

NSG bidIndia's NSG bid lined up for talks during Monsoon session

On 24 June 2016, at a plenary meeting in Seoul, Korea, India's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was turned down.

A positive result at the meeting would have armed India with exposure towards combating climate change and energy security.

China was touted to be the predominant member against India's membership.

The failed NSG bid is also lined up for Parliamentary discussions.

19 Jul 2016Major highlights of Day 2 of Monsoon Session

The Lok Sabha was adjourned on Monday to pay tribute to Lok Sabha MP Dalpat Singh Paraste whereas the Rajya Sabha witnessed oath taking ceremony of new members.

The matter of ongoing unrest in Kashmir was discussed extensively in the Upper House, with Ghulam Nabi Azad leading the debate.

Other issues that were discussed included GST, atrocities on Dalits and the clean Ganga mission.