Winter Session 2022: Parliament in Review

The Winter session of Parliament was held from December 07, 2022 to December 23, 2022. Parliament adjourned sine die four working days ahead of schedule, having sat for 13 working days. In the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha, this is the eighth consecutive session that has been cut short. The session was in itself a delayed one to begin with, because of ongoing assembly elections in many states. This Parliamentary session was disrupted frequently from the second week onwards, due to the Opposition’s objections on several issues, including alleged misuse of probe agencies by the government, the Bihar Hooch tragedy, the recent Indo-China conflict, etc. The Rajya Sabha lost a session runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes owing to such disruptions. With respect to digital rights in particular, no significant developments took place in both Houses. In a belated but welcome move, the second-last day of the session saw the introduction of the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Act, 2022 which omits the contentious Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. (More on our work on this here)

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