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'All leaders have assured me that Parliament will run smoothly': Meira Kumar.

New Delhi, Aug 5 ( ANI ): Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Monday said that she has been assured by the leaders of various political outfits that the Monsoon Session of Parliament will run smoothly.

Kumar, who had called an all-party meeting on Saturday, said the leaders of various political outfits have assured her that the Monsoon Session will run smoothly.

"Well all the leaders in the meeting that I had called on 3rd (August 3) have assured me that the House will run smoothly. So, I take their word and feel that it should run smoothly. It's a short session and there is a lot of business before the House unless it is running smoothly all the business will not be transacted," she said.

The Food Security Ordinance is among several important bills to be taken up for discussion and passage in the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning today.

Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011, Direct Taxes Code Bill 2010 and Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill 2011 are among the 23 bills that have been listed for consideration and passing by the Lok Sabha.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Amendment) Bill, 2013 to replace an ordinance, will also be taken up.

The Rajya Sabha will take up for consideration and passing of the Companies Bill 2012, Whistle Blowers Protection Bill 2011 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011. These bills have already been passed by the Lok Sabha earlier. A total of 14 bills are listed for introduction in the current session.

The decision on a separate Telangana state, however, could cast a shadow on the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the first few days with members from Andhra Pradesh agitated over the move.

Several members from the Seemandhra region belonging to Congress and TDP have tendered their resignations in protest against the decision.

The Congress top brass is attempting to persuade its MPs and ministers not to take extreme action.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said that he looks forward to very constructive and productive Monsoon Session of Parliament, and urged the opposition to cooperate with the government in passing the essential legislative work, including the Food Security Bill.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, has demanded a debate on the current economic situation in the backdrop of the declining rupee, rising prices and slowing GDP growth.

Swaraj, who has assured support to the UPA Government to present the Bill on forming a separate state of Telangana during the Monsoon Session so that the struggle for its creation ends, has also demanded a discussion on the Uttarakhand tragedy.

The BJP leader has expressed her disappointment over the session having only 16 sittings.

Chinese incursions, the arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen in Sri Lanka are among the several other issues likely to be taken up in the session. ( ANI )

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Date:Aug 5, 2013
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