A meeting of Secretaries of various Ministries and Departments with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier this week concluded that 39 bills may be ready for either introduction or consideration in the session being held from November 24 to December 23.
Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Rajiv Pratap Rudy were also present at the meeting held by the Finance Minister as Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu is abroad on an official tour.
Official sources said that the government is naturally keen on the consideration and passage of the insurance bill and the goods and services tax bill.
The report of Parliament's Standing Committee on the insurance bill is expected by the end of the month. The delay has been due to the fact that two members of the Committee have now become Ministers.
Two bills to replace ordinances--Coal Mines Special Provision Ordinance and Textile Undertakings (Nationalisation) Laws (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance 2014 are on the priority agenda of the government.
The coal ordinance allows companies that had their coal block allocations for captive use cancelled recently by the Supreme Court to bid for the mines, barring entities convicted of offences related to the allotment.
The textile undertakings ordinance was to shield the National Textile Corporation from rent control laws that have been used to evict its sick textile units from prime land in several cities.
In the session, the government is moving to amend Lokpal Act and the law governing the functioning of CBI to ensure that there is no requirement of "quorum" in the respective selection panels for choosing the anti-corruption ombudsman or the CBI Chief.
The Law Ministry has finalised a proposal of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to amend the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act and the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act to insert a clause.
Besides putting a clause on the quorum issue, the government is also amending the DSPE Act to make way for the leader of the single largest opposition party in Lok Sabha as a member of the selection committee in the absence of a recognised Leader of the Opposition in the lower house.
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister has convened a meeting of leaders of all political parties on November 23 on the eve of the session to ensure that it remains a smooth affair.

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