New Delhi, Nov 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attended the all-party leaders' meeting ahead of the Winter session of Parliament here on Sunday, observed that this session of Parliament would be a special occasion as it would mark the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha and expressed his happiness that special events and activities were being planned to mark the occasion.
Leaders from all major political parties were present in the meeting and put forth their views on the upcoming session of Parliament. In his remarks, the Prime Minister emphasised that the 250th session of the Upper House provided a unique opportunity for highlighting the unique strengths of the Indian Parliament as well as the Indian Constitution, in providing an overarching framework of governance institutions for a diverse country like India.
The session is being held as India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi also made it a unique and special occasion. The Prime Minister, while responding to specific issues raised by the representatives of various political parties, said the Government would work together with all parties in a constructive manner to address pending legislation and frame policy solutions for specific issues related to environment and pollution, the economy, the agricultural sector and farmers, and the rights of women, youth and the less privileged sections of society.
He also complimented the Presiding officers of the two Houses for smooth running of the last session of Parliament and observed that this had helped to create a positive impact among the people about the functioning of the legislative arm of Government. In this regard, the Prime Minister made a particular mention of the energetic participation by first term members of Parliament on discussions related to diverse issues and expressed the hope that constructive engagement between the Treasury and opposition benches will make the present session a successful and productive one.
The Winter session will start on Monday and continue till December 13. The government is expected to take forward many important legislative agendas including the Citizenship (amendment) bill and a Bill to regularise 1,728 unauthorised colonies in Delhi. However, the opposition parties have already stated that they will take on the government on various issues, especially the state of economy, unemployment and other crises. The winter session will have 20 sittings. (UNI)