The winter session of the Parliament, which will continue till December 13, starts today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 18 expressed hope for “frank discussions on all matters” and high-quality debates.

PM Modi told reporters “We want frank discussions on all matters. It is important that there should be quality debates, there should be dialogues and discussions, and everyone should contribute to enrich the discussions in the Parliament”.

Nearly 50 bills are scheduled to be presented in the parliament, including the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

On November 26, a joint sitting of both houses of parliament will be held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Constitution of India by the Constituent Assembly.

The Prime Minister stated that the last sessions of the Parliament have been full of unprecedented achievements.

“I must say proudly in public that this was not the success of the government or the treasury benches but this was the success of the entire house,” he said.

The winter session will conclude on December 13, which will coincide with the Jharkhand election. This takes place in the midst of concerns about an economic slowdown, job losses, farm crisis, and ongoing political leadership detention in Jammu and Kashmir.

Key questions in Lok Sabha on the first day of the winter session: 

  1. Suresh Narayan has a question listed on the GDP: It questions the reasons for the slump in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to an all-time low of 5 per cent in the April-June quarter, and the steps the government is taking to increase investment.

2. NK Premachandran’s questions on the economy.

(a) whether the Government has analysed the reasons for the economic slowdown in the country?

(b) whether the Government has also analysed the impact of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on economic slowdown?

(c) whether the Government has conducted any study regarding the impact of the implementation of foreign trade agreements and economic slowdown?

(d) whether the Government has initiated any action to overcome the present crisis developed due to economic slowdown?

(e) whether the Government proposes to change the policy so as to overcome the economic slowdown?

3. Annapourna Devi to ask if the government has taken action against any official in a corruption case relating to the disbursement of loans in nationalized banks during the last three years?

4. With Jharkhand election round the corner, Vishnu Dayal wants to know whether the Government is planning to develop any new tourism circuit in Jharkhand like the Buddhist and tribal circuits apart from the proposed Eco-circuits under its Swadesh Darshan scheme?

5. Umesh Jadhav has questions listed that pertains to tribal affairs. He wants to know whether the Government is planning to increase the budgetary allocation for the welfare of tribals in the country?

6. Meanwhile, Sumedhanand Saraswati seeks to know whether the Government proposes to supply Piped Natural Gas in all cities of the country?

(Source: News agency IANS)

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