New Delhi, Jun 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called on leaders of all political parties in Parliament to work cohesively with the government in running the House smoothly and to collectively address issues related to the welfare of people.
While welcoming the newly-elected MPs and expressing hope that fresh zeal and energy would be infused in the functioning of Parliament, Mr Modi urged all leaders to introspect whether members of Parliament are able to fulfill the peoples' aspirations, as their representatives.
"We are for the people, we cannot win hearts by disrupting the functioning of Parliament. All parties must keep political differences aside and commit themselves to tirelessly work in the direction of Nation's progress."
The Prime Minister exhorted all leaders to cooperate with the government and strive in the direction of making a New India by 2022 and achieve the true meaning of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas'.
Modi also said the Government was always receptive to the issues raised by all political parties and is ready to discuss all issues of national importance on the floor of both Houses of Parliament.
A host of issues were brought up by the leaders of parties during the meeting.
There was a consensus across party lines on ensuring smooth functioning of Parliament without disruptions and deadlocks to be resolved through constructive discussions in both the Houses, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs said.
Briefing mediapersons after the meeting, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi said the government has requested all parties, especially the Opposition, for their co-operation, for the smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament.
Joshi said, "In order to build esprit de corps among members of all parties in Parliament, the Prime Minister has put forward two new initiatives with the beginning of 17th Lok Sabha. To begin the newly constituted Lok Sabha on a positive note, the PM has invited Party Presidents of all political parties with representation in the Parliament on June 19 and MPs of both Houses on June 20, to freely interact and exchange views with the government."
"This novel initiative would go a long way to build team spirit among all Parliamentarians and in turn would ensure smooth functioning of Parliament in future," he added.
Giving details about the ensuing budget session, the Minister informed that the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha is scheduled to commence on June 17 and 249th session of Rajya Sabha on June 20.
Besides election of Speaker and the President address, subject to the exigencies of government business, the session may conclude on July 26. The Minister said the session will provide 30 sittings, spread over 40 days in Lok Sabha and 27 sittings spread over 37 days sittings in the Rajya Sabha.
Resolution seeking extension of proclamation issued by the President on December 19, under Article 356 of the Constitution, in relation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, is also required to be approved by both Houses by July 2.
The Economic Survey of India will be presented to Parliament on July 4. The Union Budget for 2019-20 will be presented to the Lok Sabha on July 5.
Ten Ordinances have been promulgated during the inter-session period, which are to be replaced by Acts, as they shall cease to operate at the expiration of six weeks from the reassembly of Parliament, by August 1.
Some of the 46 important Bills that lapsed are likely to be revived and brought before Parliament.
The all-party meeting was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and External Affairs V Muraleedharan, along with other leaders. (UNI)