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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha likely to adjourn sine die tomorrow, says PTI

Parliament LIVE Updates: Speaker Om Birla has extended the Lok Sabha proceedings till 10 pm today. The House is taking up the Zero Hour now

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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha likely to adjourn sine die tomorrow, says PTI

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14:52 (ist)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

What is the Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2020?

As per The Indian Express, the Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2020, the government has proposed to introduce more conditions restricting the rights of workers to strike, alongside an increase in the threshold relating to layoffs and retrenchment in industrial establishments having 300 workers from 100 workers or more at present — steps that are likely to provide more flexibility to employers for hiring and firing workers without government permission.

As per PRS Legislative, the draft law seeks to regulate health and safety conditions of workers in establishments with 10 or more workers, and in all mines and docks. The Code replaces 13 laws regulating health, safety and working conditions of workers.  The National Commission on Labour, 2002 recommended consolidation and simplification of these laws.2  Further, the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Code states that it seeks to simplify and amalgamate the provisions of the 13 Acts.  While the Code consolidates existing Acts, it falls short of simplifying its provisions. 

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Sept 22, 2020 - 21:31 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Parliament passes bill to bring cooperative banks under RBI's supervision

Parliament on Tuesday passed amendments to the Banking Regulation Act to bring cooperative banks under the supervision of the RBI, a move aimed at protecting the interest of depositors. The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which replaces an ordinance that was promulgated on June 26, was passed by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha. The amendment had received approval from the Lok Sabha on September 16.

The bill, which comes in the backdrop of the PMC Bank scam, seeks to strengthen cooperative banks by increasing their professionalism, enabling access to capital, improving governance and ensuring sound banking through the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Sept 22, 2020 - 21:24 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Massive backlog in recruitment, promotions of SCs, STs in NDMC: Parliamentary panel

A massive backlog exists in the direct recruitment and promotion of SCs and STs in various posts at the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), a parliamentary panel has pointed out.

According to a report of the committee on the welfare of SCs and STs on the subject "Reservation for and employment of SC and ST in NDMC", representation of SC/ST employees, who attended the training, seminars, symposia, conferences in foreign countries during the last five years, is not adequate.

"The committee noted that a massive backlog or shortfall exists in the direct recruitment and promotion of SCs and STs in group A, B, C and D categories of posts," the report, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, said.

The panel recommended that the NDMC in conjunction with the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) should devise an effective plan and make sincere efforts to overcome such shortfall, and the backlog should be cleared on priority basis, it said.

Sept 22, 2020 - 20:53 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Speaker extends Lok Sabha proceedings till 10 pm

Speaker Om Birla has extended the Lok Sabha proceedings till 10 pm today. The House is taking up the Zero Hour now.

Sept 22, 2020 - 20:37 (IST)

Lok Sabha discusses matters of public importance 

Sept 22, 2020 - 20:36 (IST)

The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill 2020 has been passed in the Lok Sabha

Sept 22, 2020 - 20:29 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Anantnag MP Hasnain Masoodi says Urdu link langugae across Jammu and Kashmir; 5 official languages will create confusion 

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader Hasnain Masoodi said that the Centre was misleading the House by saying only 0.16 percent people spoke Urdu language in the Valley. He said that Urdu has seeped into the administration, judiciary and the police system across the countty and not just Jammu and Kashmir. He said that it was the link language between various regions of the state. 

He also said: "No other Union Territory or state has more than two official languages, then why is Jammu and Kashmir treated differently." 

Sept 22, 2020 - 19:59 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Only 0.16% people speak Urdu, the current official language of state: Centre

Reddy said that according to the Census of 2011 only 0.16 percent of the state's population speaks Urdu, which has remained the sole official language in the state. He said that Kashmir, spoken by over 56 percent population, Dogri, the language of over 20 percent people and Hindi, spoken by over 2 percent people were all ignored in the state for 70 years. 

Sept 22, 2020 - 19:53 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Centre says non-recognition of a language spoken by over 50% of J&K population historical blunder
MoS Home, G Kishan Reddy said that it is surprising that a state where over 56 percent population understands and speak Kashmiri is still not recognised as an official language in the state. Reddy termed it a 'historical blunder', adding that all such historical blunders of past 50 years will be 'fixed' under the leadership of Narendra Modi.
 

Sept 22, 2020 - 19:44 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Lok Sabha discusses Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill 2020

Minister of State Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy introduced the bill in thee Lok Sabha. 

Sept 22, 2020 - 19:42 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Lok Sabha passes key labour reform bill

Lok Sabha passed the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code 2020, The Industrial Relations Code 2020 and The Code on Social Security 2020 by a voice vote, even as the Opposition remained missing from the House. 

Parliament LATEST Updates: Speaker Om Birla has extended the Lok Sabha proceedings till 10 pm today. The House is taking up the Zero Hour now.

The Lok Sabha is likely to be adjourned sine die on Wednesday, eight days ahead of the scheduled end of the Monsoon Session, amid concerns of spread of coronavirus among lawmakers, sources said on 22 September, reports PTI.

The labour reforms that are being undertaken by the government will prove to be a milestone for the welfare of workers, Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday

Opposition MPs, including Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary and NCP's Supriya Sule, hold a meeting in Parliament premises after boycotting the ongoing Lok Sabha session.

Opposition parties led by Congress boycott Lok Sabha session, in support of Rajya Sabha MPs who have been suspended for one week and the farm Bills issue.

Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 4:15 pm after MPs led by the Congress shouted slogans and raised banners to protest against the contentious farm Bills

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday targeted the government over the passage of the "dangerous" farm Bills without division of votes in Rajya Sabha, while lauding the sit-in protest on the Parliament premises by the eight suspended MPs

Lok Sabha has been adjourned for an hour as Opposition members shout slogans, raising the issue of farmers protest over the recently passed Agriculture Bills in the Lower House.

The Occupational Safety, Health And Working Conditions Code, 2020, The Industrial Relations Code, 2020, The Code On Social Security, 2020 are a few bills that will be discussed today in Lok Sabha

The Upper House was adjourned after the passage of the Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020 and Taxation Amendment Bill 2020. A total of seven bills were passed since the session began at 9 am today

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government will consider revoking the suspension of eight Rajya Sabha MPs only if they apologise for their unruly behaviour in the House.

The Rajya Sabha passed The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 by voice vote. Responding to concerns of MPs over Yes Bank and PMC Bank scams, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the amendment aims to protect the interest of depositors.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, with Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Danve Raosaheb Dadarao assuring the House that the Bill is in the interest of farmers and consumers.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which seeks to declare five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) set up under the Public-Private Partnership model in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur as institutions of national importance.

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh is observing a one-day fast against the unruly behaviour with him in the House by Opposition MPs during the discussion on agriculture reform Bills on 20 September.

Parliamentary Affair minister Pralhad Joshi said many leaders have asked him to finish the proceedings of the House quickly, owing to the pandemic. He added, "The government is not hellbent upon keeping the suspended MPs out of the House. If they express regret, the government will look into it."

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said no one is happy with what transpired in the House over the past two days. "We fight for each minute in the House like it's a fight at the border. If we go beyond time restrictions, things will be de-escalated 90 percent," he said.

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Singh met the eight MPs, who were suspended for unruly behaviour during the debate on two farm bills on Sunday and have been protesting in the Parliament Complex.

The Rajya Sabha will continue discussion on the The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which could not be conducted on Monday even as protests were witnessed in the Opposition Benches over the suspension of eight MPs.

The House will also see the introduction of The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, a proposed legislation that has been in contention along with the two farm Bills that have led to protests in the PArliament ever since their introduction in the Lok Sabha last week.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will move motions for the consideration and passage of The Banking
Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020, The Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2020 and The Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2020.

Other proposed legislations on the Rajya Sabha's List of Business are The National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020 and The Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020.

Meanwhile, according to Lok Sabha's List of Business, consideration and passage of The Occupational Safety, Health And Working Conditions Code, 2020, The Industrial Relations Code, 2020, The Code On Social Security, 2020 and The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 are on the agenda.

The sit-in protest in front of the Parliament Complex's Gandhi statue by eight suspended MPs on Monday continued past midnight. Senior opposition leaders, including NC leader Faroukh Abdullah, JD(S)' HD Deve Gowda, Samajwadi Party's Jaya Bachchan, Congress’ Ahmed Patel and NCP's Praful Patel, paid a visit to the MPs.

After witnessing ruckus despite reconvening after the fifth adjournment for the day on Monday, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till Tuesday, even as eight suspended MPs refused to leave the House. They were suspended by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu for unruly behaviour, who also dismissed the no-confidence motion against deputy chairman Harivansh Singh.

The Lok Sabha passed Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, and Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in proceedings that continued past midnight.

These Bills were moved for passage after the House passed the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 that seeks to bring a law that punishes those who attack health workers or doctors who are fighting the coronavirus outbreak or during any situation similar to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Lower House also passed the FCRA Amendment Bill, 2020.

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