Winter session of Parliament concludes today; several important bills still pending

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New Delhi, Dec 23: The winter session of Parliament is all set to conclude on Tuesday, with several important bills, including the Insurance Bill and the Coal Bill yet to be passed.

During the current session, the Lok Sabha passed 18 bills, whereas the Rajya Sabha could pass merely 11 bills due to uproar in both the houses.

The Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is termed the single biggest indirect tax reforms since independence, was introduced in the Lok Sabha and will reportedly be considered for passing in the next session ie. Budget session.

The Insurance Bill, which proposes the increase of foreign direct investment (FDI) cap from 26 percent to 49 percent in the insurance sector, could not be taken up in the Rajya Sabha due to frequent disruptions in the Parliament proceedings.

The Coal Bill, which will pave the way for the auctioning of mines de-allocated by the Supreme Court, also remains pending in the House.

The proceedings of the House have been stalled by the opposition this past week, who demand Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement on the issue of religious conversions.

(With Agency Inputs)

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