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Sumitra Mahajan calls all-party meeting ahead of Winter Session

The Government had also convened an all-party meeting on November 8 to seek cooperation from leaders of the both the Houses for smooth functioning of Parliament.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday called an all-party meeting in an apparent move to ensure smooth functioning of the House in the Winter Session of Parliament, which is starting on Wednesday.

The Government had also convened an all-party meeting on November 8 to seek cooperation from leaders of the both the Houses for smooth functioning of Parliament. The month-long winter session of Parliament will continue till December 16.

According to media report, leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday said Congress MPs would raise the demonetisation issue under rules 56 and 193 during the Winter Session.

Anand Sharma, who is deputy leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, has already given a notice for the suspension of business under rule 267 of the Rajya Sabha for a discussion on the same issue.

Leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad has given a notice under rule 267 for discussion on the issue of Kashmir unrest.

On Sunday midnight, Prime Minister Narendra also chaired a meeting to review the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes and its impact.

Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das on Monday announced that the now-defunct currency would be accepted at government hospitals, petrol stations and toll booths till November 24.

The meeting came amid continuing chaos and growing public anger across the country over limited cash availability following the surprise demonetisation of two higher value currency notes.The cash withdrawal limit at ATMs was hiked to Rs. 2,500 from Rs. 2,000 a day.

The weekly limit of Rs 20,000 for withdrawal from bank counters has been increased to Rs. 24,000. The maximum limit of Rs. 10,000 per day on such withdrawals has been removed.

Das said a task force has been set up to address the issue at the earliest.The recalibrated ATMs will start dispensing Rs. 2,000 notes within two days, he says.

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