Government Sets Legislative Agenda for Monsoon Session of Parliament

New Delhi – The upcoming monsoon session of Parliament, commencing on Thursday, will witness a heavy legislative agenda for the government, with the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023, and 30 other bills at the top of the list.

Apart from the Personal Data Protection Bill, another significant bill on the agenda is the one intended to replace the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Ordinance, 2023, which was promulgated in May this year. This ordinance focuses on the control of services in Delhi and was enacted following a Supreme Court verdict regarding an appeal by the Delhi government. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi announced that there are a total of 31 legislative items listed for the session.

During an all-party meeting convened by the government to ensure the smooth functioning of the monsoon session, participation was seen from 34 parties and 44 leaders. The session, which will continue until August 11 with 17 sittings, aims to facilitate constructive discussions and decision-making.

Among the bills featured on the government’s agenda are the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019; DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019; Mediation Bill, 2021; Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Multi-State Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022; Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2023; Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill, 2023; Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2022 (pertaining to the State of Himachal Pradesh); Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022 (pertaining to the State of Chhattisgarh); Postal Services Bill, 2023; National Cooperative University Bill, 2023; and Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

Additionally, the list includes bills such as the International Monetary Fund and Bank Bill, 2023; Provisional Collection of Taxes Bill, 2023; National Dental Commission Bill, 2023; National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, 2023; Drugs, Medical Devices, and Cosmetics Bill, 2023; Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023; Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2023; Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2023; National Research Foundation Bill, 2023; Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Castes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023; and Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Tribes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

Recently approved by the Union Cabinet, the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023, is a vital legislative proposal. The government had withdrawn the earlier version of the Personal Data Protection Bill from Parliament in August 2022 and expressed its intention to introduce a fresh bill. The new bill is considered a crucial component of the overarching framework of technology regulations being developed by the government, following the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2017 that privacy is a fundamental right.

The bill to replace the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment)

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