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Getting ready.

Here’s what Modi’s government plans to accomplish in the winter session of parliament

By Devjyot Ghoshal

The winter session of Indian parliament began on Monday on a sombre note after news came of senior Congress leader Murli Deora’s demise earlier in the day. Both houses were later adjourned.

Nonetheless, this is a crucial session for the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, and the first after the prime minister unveiled his expanded ministerial team earlier this month.

After a budget session that was the most productive in an entire decade—with the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha working for more than their sanctioned time—the winter session should see the government attempt to push forward with its reform agenda, which some feel is happening too slowly.

The opposition parties, however, have already come together and announced their stand against key reform measures, including the Insurance Bill. There may also be an effort to corner the government on its inability to retrieve black money from foreign banks within 100 days of coming to power.

In effect, it will be a litmus test for Modi’s previously stated intention of working with the opposition to pass important legislations and move forward on the “basis of collective decision-making.”

Here is what is on the parliament’s agenda for the month-long session that will end on Dec. 23. This list has been prepared by PRS Legislative Research, which tracks the functioning of the Indian parliament.