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Winter Session A Case Of Missed Opportunities, Specially In RS

While the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha under pressure, the landmark GST bill will have to wait for a new date. Even the ones like real estate bill have not been considered. The Lower House, however, has passed some of the important bills

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Under immense public pressure, the Rajya Sabha may have passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Bill on Tuesday (22 December), but this ongoing Winter Session of Parliament will be remembered more for the missed opportunities rather than hits, specially in the Rajya Sabha, after a washout in the monsoon session. The winter session concludes on Wednesday.

The Lok Sabha, meanwhile, on Tuesday passed the Payment of Bonus (amendment) Bill, 2015, that allows doubling of wage ceiling for calculating bonus to Rs 7,000 per month for factory workers with establishment with 20 or more workers.
The eligibility limit for payment of bonus has been raised from a salary of Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 21,000.
The benefits would be applicable retrospectively from April 1014.

Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya said that the Modi government was committed to protecting the workers interests.

That apart, there was little constructive work in the Rajya Sabha with the Opposition led by the Congress members demanding the scalp of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the DDCA “scam”. When the government side sought to remind them that had agreed to pass six bills including the Anti-Hijacking Bill, the Atomic Energy (amendment) Bill, the Commercial Courts ordinance Bill and the Arbitration and Conciliation (amendment) Bill, before the session ends, there was no response from the Congress.

The Opposition, mainly the Congress, which has numbers in the Upper House has sought to cripple the proceedings on various issues ever since the National Herald case broke. The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015 is one of the few bills to have been cleared by the Upper House in the winter session.

While the landmark GST bill will have to wait for a new date, even the ones like real estate bill have not been considered.

The Lower House, where the BJP has numbers, however, has passed the Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015, the High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015, the Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill, 2015, the Industries (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, the National Waterways Bill, 2015, so far this winter session.