The Monsoon session of the Parliament is expected to take place between July 19th and August 13. Some information on the bills likely to be discussed have appeared in the media
It does not appear that the two key bills which were scheduled to be lead by the MeitY, namely the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 and the Banning of the Crypto Currency Bill may not be discussed in this session also.
We may ignore the reasons that are appearing in the press about the Chairman of JPC becoming a minister or that the Crypto bill still needs fine tuning. These are excuses to defer the passage of the bills since there are powerful lobbies which donot want these bills to be passed.
Data driven companies want more time to complete their data laundering business and Criminals want as much time as possible to convert their black money into crypto currencies.
It requires strong willed politicians and bureaucrats to push the bill. Mr R S Prasad made a statement that he would push the passage of PDPB 2019 which cost him the minister ship itself. The Crypto bill is in the hands of Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman who wants to avoid upsetting the powerful lobbies who want the digital black money to be available for all their nefarious activities.
We hope that there will not be another major data catastrophe and a ransom ware attack on a Government body to make the Government realize how important are these two legislations.