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Parliament's Winter Session to resume from February 5

Friday, 17 January 2014 - 9:56am IST | Agency: ANI

The Winter Session of Parliament will resume from February 5 and will end on February 21. This was stated by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.

The session will be a continuation of the Winter Session that was adjourned sine die in December last year, but not prorogued.

The session will be held to pass the Vote on Account.

Earlier this month, Nath told reporters that the session will be for 15 days or ten sittings. He, however, said the government is yet to take a decision on the business agenda for the session.

Nath revealed that the government also plans to pass some crucial anti-corruption legislations which are a part of the Congress and the UPA Government's agenda to address the issue of corruption.

He said these bills will come up for discussion and possible passage in the session.

He, however, rejected the view that the UPA-II Government wants to pass these bills in a bid to acquire some political mileage before and during the 2014 general elections.

The Whistleblowers Protection Bill, Judicial Accountability Bill, Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, Citizens Charter Bill, Timely Delivery of Services Bill and Public Procurement Bill are pending in Parliament.

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die on December 18, bringing the Winter Session to a close two days ahead of schedule.

They were originally scheduled to function from December 5 to 20.

The only significant achievement of the Winter Session was the passing of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill by both Houses.

Cutting across party lines, political leaders welcomed the development as a historic step, and hoped that the menace of corruption at all levels of government and in public life would be effectively tackled and ended.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had then hailed the passage of Lokpal Bill as a historic step to fight corruption, and added that Parliament in its wisdom has chosen to enact the landmark legislation.

The passing of the landmark Bill also resulted in social activist Anna Hazare ending his nine-day-long fast at Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra's Ahmadnagar District.

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