The important bills likely to come up in the monsoon session are:
The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017
To meet the emerging needs of the industry and the economy, as a whole for skilled technical manpower declares certain Institutes of Technology as institutions of national importance. The Bill modifies the composition of the search-cum-selection committee for the Director of IIITs by replacing the Director of an Indian Institute of Information Technology with the Director of an Indian Institute of Technology. Also the Act permits the Board of Governors of the institutes to appoint Assistant Professors. The most important highlights of this amendment bill is that ‘Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM), Kurnool will be declared as an institute of National Importance with the power to award degrees to students.
The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016
The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Lok Sabha on March 16, 2016. It seeks to amend the Companies Act, 2013 which regulates incorporation, management, functioning and winding up of companies.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The Bill amends the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 by extending the deadline for teachers to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment by stating that those teachers who do not possess the minimum qualifications as on March 31, 2015 will acquire the minimum qualifications within a period of four years i.e. by March 31, 2019.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016
The Bill seeks to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The Act provides for standards for motor vehicles, grant of driving licenses, and penalties for violation of these provisions. Also it requires the central government to develop a National Transportation Policy, in consultation with the states for establishing a planning framework for road transport.
The Bill requires the central government to constitute a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund. The Fund will provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users in India.
GST related bills
There are two bills listed for introduction and passing related to implementation of Goods and Services Tax in Jammu and Kashmir – The Central Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017 and The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017.
The Indian Institute of Management Bill 2017
The bill seeks to provide the 20 existing IIMs independent statutory status with uniform governance structure and policy framework, and declare them as Institutes of National Importance. This will enable them to grant degrees to the students.
The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015
The bill is pending for being passed in Rajya Sabha. The Bill prohibits the reporting of a corruption related disclosure if it falls under any 10 categories of information which include information related to economic, scientific interests and the security of India; Cabinet proceedings, intellectual property; and information received in a fiduciary capacity.
The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017
To amend the previous stand of prohibition of new construction within the prohibited area of a centrally protected monument or site by ‘The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites Remains Act, 1958’ which adversely impacting various public works and developmental projects of the central government this new amended bill will be introduced to make way for certain constructions limited strictly to public works and projects essential to public in the ancient monuments and archaeological sites.