Winter session to begin on December 7, govt may table data protection bill | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The winter session of Parliament will commence from December 7 and will continue until December 29, “subject to exigencies of government business”, the Lok Sabha secretariat said on Saturday.
Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi, who tweeted the dates, said the session will comprise 17 sittings spread over 23 days.
“…Looking forward to discussions on legislative business and other items during the session,” he said. The short session, which will be conducted soon after dust settles on assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat as well as the municipal polls in Delhi, is expected to see the government move for the introduction and passage of the revised Digital Personal Data Protection Bill. An earlier version of the Bill was withdrawn on August 3 after the joint committee of Parliament had recommended 81 changes and 12 “major recommendations” to it.
Before the start of the session, both Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha chairperson will call all-party meetings to build consensus for smooth functioning of the Houses. The government will also call an all-party meeting to finalise the legislative business for the session. The session is likely to be held in the old Parliament building as construction of the new building may stretch till the end of the year, sources said.
The session is also likely to be held in the absence of key Congress members — Rahul Gandhi, Jairam Ramesh, KC Venugopal and Digvijaya Singh — on account of their participation in the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Congress has said the opposition will raise the issues of high inflation and unemployment in the session.

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