NEW DELHI, July 17 - The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is not listed for business during the ensuing Monsoon Session that gets under way here tomorrow.
The Centre has unlike the Budget Session decided against bringing the Bill for passage in the Parliament as the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) is yet to be submitted. The JPC chairman is likely to seek more time for submission of the report, sources said.
The citizenship Bill though has not been withdrawn. In all, one pending Bill in Lok Sabha and two Bills in Rajya Sabha are proposed to be withdrawn during this session.
A member of the JPC and BJP MP told this newspaper that the Centre is yet to take a final call on the fate of the Bill given the sentiments involved. The RSS is putting pressure on the Centre to bring the Bill for discussion and passage in Parliament. However, the Prime Minister is likely to take a final call, sources said.
Interestingly, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been assuring the Bengali delegations from the Barak valley that the two Central notifications, issued in 2015, would safeguard their interest.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar after an all-party meeting here this morning, told newsmen that the government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their cooperation for the smooth functioning of the House.
The minister said six Bills replacing ordinances � 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 � are required to be passed during the Monsoon Session.
Further, some important pending legislations in both the Houses required to be considered and passed during the session include the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018; the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2018; the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016; the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Third Amendment) Bill, 2017; the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017; the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017; the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013.