75-Year Parliament discussed in Special Session: Historic Review and Election Commissioner Bill Unveiled
During the upcoming special session of Parliament, commencing on September 18, the proceedings will commence with a discussion on the 75-year Parliament journey, which had its inaugural gathering on December 9, 1946. The government has outlined a legislative agenda that includes four bills, one of which pertains to the appointment, conditions of service, and term of office of the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners.
August Legislative Agenda
This bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon session on August 10. Additionally, two bills, namely ‘The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023’ and ‘The Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023’, which were already passed by the Rajya Sabha on August 3, 2023, are part of the agenda. The former amends the Advocates Act, of 1961, while the latter repeals the Press and Registration of Books Act, of 1867. Furthermore, the ‘Post Office Bill, 2023’ has been included in the Lok Sabha business. This bill, initially introduced in the Rajya Sabha on August 10, 2023, repeals the Indian Post Office Act, of 1898.
Ending the suspense on the agenda of the Special Session of Parliament, the Parliamentary bulletin revealed that on the first day of the session, the two Houses will hold a discussion on #Parliament’s 75-year journey. https://t.co/3YU4y6qtvH
— The Hindu (@the_hindu) September 14, 2023
Election Commission Bill
Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal previously introduced a bill regarding the appointment of Chief Election Commissioners and other election commissioners in the last session. This bill addresses the procedure for conducting business by the Election Commission. It proposes that the Election Commissioners will be appointed by the President based on the recommendation of a panel consisting of the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, and a Union Cabinet Minister nominated by the Prime Minister, with the Prime Minister chairing the panel.
If enacted, this bill would override the Supreme Court’s March 2023 decision, which stated that the appointment of Election Commissioners would be made by the President upon the advice of a panel comprising the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, and the Chief Justice of India. Additionally, the government has arranged a meeting with the floor leaders of all political parties on September 17, one day prior to the commencement of the five-day session.
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