New Delhi: Amid indications of a stormy winter session of Parliament with the Opposition all set to target government over a number of issues ranging from price rise to corruption, an all-party meeting has been convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday to ensure that the businesses are held smoothly.

The session will commence on November 22 and ends on December 21. Opposition parties are preparing to raise a number of issues triggering apprehension that the session could be tumultuous. The issues of corruption, black money and rising prices are expected to put the government on the backfoot.

Apart from these, protests over statehood for Telangana, economic blockade in Manipur and legislations like the food security bill, land acquisition bill, communal violence bill and the government's dealings with Pakistan are also expected to be raised by the Opposition.

The main opposition has already indicated that it would demand a separate discussion on the state of the economy, Indo-Pak relations in the wake of developments at the SAARC Summit in Maldives and the situation in Kashmir especially after the recent controversy over AFSPA.

Ahead of the session, the government has, however, said that it is ready for a thorough discussion on all the issues. "I will earnestly appeal to the Opposition to cooperate with the government in carrying out of the official business," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.

Noting that discussion is the essence of democracy, he said, "We must use to the fullest every minute of Parliament time... I see no reason why Parliament should not run smoothly."

"Government stands totally committed to root out corruption. But it cannot be done through one instrument or one law and it requires a slew of measures," Bansal told reporters.

Besides the Lokpal Bill, the government plans to bring in 30 other measures during the month-long session for consideration and passing.
Prominent among the measures are the Whistleblowers Bill, Judicial Accountability Bill, Women's Reservation Bill, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, and Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill.

Other key bills that are scheduled to be introduced in the session are the National Food Security bill, Prevention of Money Laundering (amendment) bill, the Electronic Delivery of Services bill, the Companies bill and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority Bill.

JPN/Agencies