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Posted at: Jul 24, 2019, 7:01 AM; last updated: Jul 24, 2019, 7:01 AM (IST)

Govt may extend session by10 days

BJP meet: Focus on water conservation, 150-km walk by party MPs
Govt may extend session by10 days
From Left: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP working president JP Nadda, PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and party’s new general secretary (organisation) BL Santosh. Mukesh Aggarwal

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 23

The Narendra Modi government appears to be considering extending the ongoing Parliament session by 10 days, sources have said. MPs of the ruling BJP were unofficially informed about the possibility at a BJP parliamentary party meeting this morning with chief Amit Shah telling them to be prepared for the same.

When asked about the likelihood of the extension of the session that otherwise ends on July 26, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said, “There is a possibility of this. You will be officially conveyed when a decision is taken.” If the session is extended by 10 sittings, it means Parliament will be working till August 9. 

Sources said MPs were also asked to prepare the outline of the 150-km walk they would be undertaking in their respective constituencies to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The MPs were told the walk should be linked with some social cause like tree plantation or water conservation. 

The issue of water conservation also figured prominently in the meeting with Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat giving a detailed presentation on the matter. Shah also spoke on the issue and MPs were also apprised of the upcoming legislations in Parliament.

Parliament nod to Budget 

  • The first budget of the Narendra Modi government’s second term got approval of Parliament as the Rajya Sabha passed it with a voice vote and returned it to the Lok Sabha, which had cleared it last week. This completed the three-stage parliamentary approval process, including a debate on the Budget.
  • The RS discussed the Appropriation (No 2) Bill, 2019, and the Finance (No 2) Bill, 2019, in the absence of Opposition, as they walked out of the House in protest over US President Donald Trump’s ‘mediation’ claim on Kashmir. 
Puri unveils 100-day agenda

  • Unveiling the 100-day agenda of his ministry, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said it is envisaged to have “one city, one impact” by encouraging 100 smart cities to take up at least “one impactful initiative which can be completed in 100 days with quantifiable outcome”.
  • He said the government has initiated the process of conferring ownership rights on the residents of unauthorised colonies in the Capital. The move appears to have taken centrestage in the run-up to Assembly poll. 

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