Govt decides to extend Parliament session till August 7

The Union government on Thursday decided to extend the Parliament session till August 7 to complete its legislative agenda.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs here, official sources said.

Following the decision, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told LokSabha that there were around 17 pending bills as he explained the reason for the extension. Speaker Om Birla then made an announcement in the House about the session’s extension till August 7. The ongoing session had started on June 7 and was scheduled to end on July 26.

In RajyaSabha, the government is set to formally propose the extension on Friday at the business advisory committee meeting, the sources said.

Though opposition parties like the Congress and the Trinamool Congress had opposed any move to extend the session, the government has the prerogative to do so, they said.

There has been precedent of Parliament session being extended beyond the original schedule, they added.  Prime Minister NarendraModi had first indicated about the extension in a BJP parliamentary party meeting, saying it can be done, if necessary, to complete the government’s legislative agenda.