Parliament Updates: Uproar in Rajya Sabha after Vijay Goel slams AAP govt for 'unfulfilled' poll promise of regularising Delhi's unauthorised colonies

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Parliament Updates: Uproar in Rajya Sabha after Vijay Goel slams AAP govt for 'unfulfilled' poll promise of regularising Delhi's unauthorised colonies
  • 17:31 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha latest updates

    Vijay Goel says Centre to implement law 'concretely'

    BJP MP from Rajasthan, Vijay Goel argued in favour of the Centre's bill on unauthorised colonies and said that the NDA government had achieved in "30 days, what various governments hadn't done in 30 years".

    "This bill proves that this government is for the poor people. Delhi is deteriorating. There are around 60 lakh people on the roads, slums, and unauthorised colonies. Delhi has become hell, the Supreme Court has also said that it is not liveable. Various governments couldn't do it in 30 years, but our government did in 30 days."

    On the accusation that the government was bringing in the law with an eye on the upcoming Assembly election, Goel said, "This nation has an election every few months, when can we bring a bill? We can bring bill for one nation, one election, but you aren't ready."

    He also said that the Centre was attempting to make the process as "concrete as possible". He said, "If only ownership had to be given, there was no need for a bill. The government doing is as concretely as it can, so that it is not further challenged in the high court or Supreme Court."

  • 17:12 (IST)

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    Vijay Goel slams AAP govt in Delhi during debate on Unauthorised Colonies Bill

    BJP MP Vijay Goel on Wednesday spoke in support of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 that was moved by MoS Hardeep Singh Puri in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

    Lauding the legislation, the Rajasthan MP criticised the Arvind Kejriwal government for failing to fulfill their promise of regularising the colonies. His criticism caused an uproar from the Opposition, specifically AAP's MP Sanjay Singh.

  • 16:54 (IST)

    Lok Sabha latest updates

    Piyush Goyal says Indian Railways spending additional Rs 22,000 crore on salaries, pensions

    Union railway minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday informed the Lok Sabha that the Indian Railways has been spending an extra fund of Rs 22,000 crore on salaries and pensions after the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, "which has hit its financial health", The Indian Express reported.

    "After the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations, there has been an over expenditure of Rs 22,000 crore for salaries and pension of railway employees. This has contributed to the overall operating loss," he was quoted as saying during Question Hour.

  • 16:45 (IST)

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    JD(U), BJD support Unauthorised Colonies Bill in Delhi, CPM warns against making it 'election-freebie'

    Ram Nath Thakur of NDA ally JD(U) and Amar Patnaik of the BJD on Wednesday spoke in support of the Unauthorised Colonies Bill moved by Minister of State, Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri for the National Capital Region of Delhi in the Raya Sabha. While Thakur said the legislation was "pro-poor", and said that the Centre was "working to give respect" to people living in the unauthorised colonies.

    Patnaik quoted a Peruvian economist to state that "giving property rights to people in such colonies aids in their economic development".

    Meanwhile, K Somaprasad of the CPM questioned the timing of introducing the Bill, a few months ahead of the Delhi Assembly election. He said it was "drafted in view" of the polls.

  • 16:24 (IST)

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    Centre tells MPs that personal data of 21 Whatsapp users may have been accessed

    The Centre on Wednesday told the Lok Sabha during a session of the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament that the personal data of at least 21 out of approximately 121 Whatsapp users may have been accessed by the attacker involved with the Pegasus software row in November.

  • 15:49 (IST)

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    Spending on rejuvenating unauthorised colonies has increased by 6 times in 5 years, says Hardeep Singh Puri


    Hardeep Singh Puri said that a panel has identified 1,731 colonies as unauthorised colonies. "From 2008 to today, it was deemed that it was a difficult task (to legitimise unauthorised colosies), but today we're about to finish it. Maps of all 1,731 colonies are completed and will be uploaded online in a few days," he said.

    Puri said that a second portal of the DDA will be ready by 16 December, on which documents for unauthorised colonies can be uploaded online and online registration can be done. "Money spent on rejuvenation of such colonies has increased by six times in the last five years," he said.

  • 15:32 (IST)

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    Hardeep Singh Puri moves The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019


    Minister of State, Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri moved the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha.

    "We are not stopping with unauthorised colonies. We will use the PM Awas Yojna and are now going to implement this in a record period of time," he said. He pointed out that Delhi had 1,797 unauthorised colonies in 2008. 

    Puri called the Bill a way to regulate unauthorised colonies, which are prima facie illegal. In 2011, a Supreme Court judgement said that deed, will and others could not be used for transferring ownership.

  • 15:27 (IST)

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    BJP slams Maharashtra govt for attempting to politicise Bhima-Koregaon investigation


    During the Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, BJP MP Narasimha Rao protested against the Maharashtra government's reported move to withdraw criminal cases against activists in the Koregaon Bhima incidents. He said there are "attempts to politicise" police investigation in some cases that pose threat to national security as some of the people arrested in the case have been charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

  • 15:21 (IST)

    Assam MLAs register protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill, Ravi Kishan defends legislation


    Lawmakers from Assam registered their protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill by lying on the floor of the state Assembly corridor.

    The contentious bill received a nod from the Union Cabinet today and will be tabled in the Parliament on 9 December, according to sources.

    Meanwhile, BJP MP defended the Bill, saying that it is a "proud moment for all Hindus".

  • 15:16 (IST)

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    Every year, Finance Minister fails to meet commitments in budget, says Shashi Tharoor


    During the discussion on Supplementary Demand for Grants in the Lok Sabha, Congress' Shashi Tharoor said that the budget was based on unrealistic revenue projections. "Every year, the Finance Minister has made commitments and failed to meet them. Arun Jaitley kept having to adjust the fiscal deficit target every single year he was Finance Minister. Now in the present scenario, even the Finance Mnister has admitted to media that there's a possibility of fiscal slippage in the current fiscal year," he added.

    Tharoor said that the government has fallen on its revenue collection targets and will also slip in its fiscal management targets. "GDP will not pick up till its pillars start working. The GDP has showed slow growth for sixth consecutive quarter. Household consumption is at a four-decade low and unemployment is at an all-time high," he said.

  • 15:01 (IST)

    Chidambaram will be able to prove his innocence, says Rahul Gandhi


    Shortly after former finance minister P Chidambaram was granted bail in the INX Media case, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that his 106-day "incarceration was vindictive and vengeful". He expressed confidence that Chidambaram will be able to prove that he is innocent in the case.

    Karti Chidambaram earlier told reporters that the former minister will attend Parliament proceedings from Thursday.

  • 14:57 (IST)

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    Over 33,000 appeals, complaints pending in CIC, government tells Lok Sabha


    Over 33,000 complaints and appeals are pending with the Central Information Commission, the Lok Sabha was informed by Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh in awritten reply.
     
    "As far as Central Information Commission is concerned, 33,487 number of second appeals/complaints are pending as on 28 November, 2019," Singh stated. He said government has started a web portal whereby Right to Information (RTI) applications can be filed online by Indian citizens, including those who are living abroad.

  • 14:46 (IST)

    Cabinet approves the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019


    Union Cabinet approved the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha on 5 August by the Home Minister Amit Shah. The Bill amends the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004, which provides for reservation in appointment in state government posts, and admission to professional institutions, for certain reserved categories. Professional institutions include government medical colleges, dental colleges, and polytechnics.

  • 14:25 (IST)

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    New benches of High Court set up only after nod of principal bench: Govt tells Lok Sabha


    New benches of any high court are established only on recommendation of the principal bench of the particular high court, Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Lok Sabha. Prasad also said that the law ministry is yet to receive a recommendation of the Allahabad High Court to set up its bench in Meerut.

    "There is a ruling of the Supreme Court that new bench of any high court has to be established only after receiving a recomendation of the principal bench of that particular high court," he said during Question Hour.

  • 14:23 (IST)

    Citizenship Amendment Bill against basic idea of India, says Shashi Tharoor

    Calling the Citizenship Amendment Bill "fundamentally unconstitutional," Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, "The basic idea of India is violated in this Bill. Those who believe that religion should determine a nation, that was the idea of Pakistan. Mahatma Gandhi, Nehruji, Maulana Azad, Dr. Ambedkar said that religion cannot determine nationhood and ours is a country for everybody. Everybody irrespective of religion has equal rights in our country. Today, this Bill violates that fundamental principle."

    Parliament will take up the bill for consideration in Lok Sabha on 9 December. 

  • 14:19 (IST)

    Out on bail, Chidambaram to attend Parliament from tomorrow, says Karti

    P Chidambaram, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the INX Media case, will attend Parliament starting tomorrow. "I am very happy that he is going to be back home, I am relieved. He will also be attending Parliament session tomorrow," Karti Chidambaram told ANI. 

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Latest Updates

     

    Lok Sabha reconvenes: Rahul brings up railway line for Wayanad

    Lok Sabha reassembles. Zero Hour is underway. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi speaks about a railway line for Wayanad.

    DMK's Kanimozhi brings up issue of financial assistance to pregnant women under the Maternity Benefits Scheme. The MP said that this was reduced to ₹5,000 per woman and restricted to only the first living child.

  • 14:12 (IST)

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    Congress RS member demands amendments to RTI Rules

    Congress' Rajya Sabha member Ripun Bora (Assam) has moved adjournment motion and demanded amendments in the RTI rules which are framed under amended RTI Act. According to rules, any Member of Parliament can move a statutory motion to demand annulment or modification of Rules, but it has rarely done so by MPs. With respect to RTI Rules, they were notified in October and laid in Parliament recently. 

  • 14:08 (IST)

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    Cabinet approves Personal Data Protection Bill

    Cabinet approves Personal Data Protection Bill which will be introduced soon, reports have said. With respect to the bill, it needs to be seen whether the government will send the bill to a Standing Committee or insist on its passing in Winter Session itself. This bill has been in making for more than a year, but the last publicly available version could use many improvements, reports have suggested.

  • 14:05 (IST)

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    WATCH: Rajnath Singh responds to Congress allegations over Chinese incursions

     

    Responding to Congress allegations over Chinese incursions in Arunachal Pradesh, Rajnath tells the Lower House, "Our forces are fully vigilant about border security and are guarding the borders with great vigor. Our forces are capable of facing any challenge. The government is aware of the security needs of the country. Infrastructure is being strengthened along the India-China border."

  • 13:49 (IST)

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    Lok Sabha to reconvene at 2 pm


    The Lok Sabha was adjourned after the Question Hour concluded and members discussed matters of public importance.

  • 13:44 (IST)

    RECAP | Rajya Sabha MPs discuss shortage of doctors, deaths of migrant labourers


    MDMK’s Vaiko said that the Madras High Court should be renamed Tamil Nadu High Court. “It is high time the Union government allows the regional languages to be court languages,” he added.

    Nominated member KTS Tulsi said that the current doctor-patient ratio in India is is 1:1499, while the benchmark set by the World Health Organisation is 1:1000.

    Responding to a question about attacks on migrant workers in Jammu and Kashmir, Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that the new Labour Code will protect migrant labourers.

  • 13:43 (IST)

    RECAP | BSNL, MTNL will be revived, Ravi Shankar Prasad assures Lower House​


    RSP’s NK Premachandran said that the signal of BSNL is weakest in Delhi, while Trinamool Congress’ Nusrat Jahan asked about the implementation of 4G spectrum in BSNL.

    In response, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the public sector telecom operator will be revived. He said that installing a tower in Delhi is very difficult, adding that other operators should also improve connectivity.

  • 13:22 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha latest updates

    Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 3 pm

  • 13:21 (IST)

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    MPs raise questions about steps taken to ensure equality for trans persons


    Nominated member Narendra Jadhav said that binary gender identity hurts trans persons, asking if the government has any plans to incorporate infrastructure for trans persons. Congress’ Viplove Thakur also asked if the government will provide skill training to the community.​

    Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that the government has already allocated funds in this direction.​

  • 13:11 (IST)

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    MPs raise issues of poor attendance, rising sea levels, Bhima-Koregaon case​


    Narendra Jadhav (Nominated) notes that the attendance of members are generally poor on Friday, a day when private members’ bills are taken up. He suggests private members Bills can be taken on the middle of the day.​

    NCP’s Vandana Chavan raised concerns about the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on Mumbai and other coastal states due to rising seas. Recalling that Union Minister Harsh Vardhan had denied Mumbai being in the costal vulnerability zone, she said that the government has to be serious about the issue.​

    Samajwadi Party’s Rewati Raman Singh said that due to the reduction in the number of students, the Allahabad University is suffering.​

    BJP’s GVL Narasimha Rao brought up the arrest of suspected Maoists in Kerala in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case. He said the CPM, which is in power in Kerala, is supporting Maoists.

  • 12:55 (IST)

    Gandhi family's security is most secure, says BJP's Neeraj Shekhar

    A day after LS debate on withdrawal of SPG cover to Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi, BJP's Neeraj Shekhar said that the Gandhi family's is 'most secure'.

    Defending his statement in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday in which he had claimed that one feels like the prime minister under the SPG cover, Shekhar said that was his own experience.

  • 12:53 (IST)

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    Govt looking at amending CrPC, Amit Shah on action taken in light of rising incidents of lynching


    In response to Congress's Syed Nasir Hussain regarding the number of lynchings in the country in the last three years, Home Minister Amit Shah said that states have been asked to take strict action against such incidents.

    "We are looking to bring in changes in Criminal Procedure Code laws," said Shah.

  • 12:27 (IST)

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    Rajnath responds to Congress; no mutually agreed LAC between India and China, that's why incursions occur


    In response to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s concerns over the Chinese intrusion into Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh assured the Lok Sabha that India’s forces are vigilant in guarding the borders.
     

    “China and India have had long-standing perceptional differences over borders,” he said.
     

    Singh also said that there is no mutually agreed Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China, due to which some incidents of incursion occur.

  • 12:16 (IST)

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    Congress attacks Centre, says terrorism is shielded by Pakistan, and Pakistan is shielded by China


    India is destined to be surrounded by two hostile neighbors — China and Pakistan, Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said. “We can change history but not geography. We raise our voices against Pakistan, owing to its terror activities and our government deals with their activities strongly. Terrorists are shielded by Pakistan and Pakistan is shielded by China,” he said.

    China has started sending ships to Andaman and Nicobar islands, he said. “50-60 kilometers of our territory are held by China, I would like to submit,” Chowdhury said.

    “If we are so strong in our responses to Pakistan, why the weakness in the way we respond to China. Are we scared of China?” he asked.

  • 12:05 (IST)

    Lok Sabha latest updates
     

    Question Hour is underway in the Lower House


    Shiv Sena MP raised concerns about the health hazards resulting from mobile phone radiations. He also asked what impact it might have on the aviary population, the numbers of which seem to be diminishing.

    In response, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that there are no serious health hazards as emission regulations are ten times better than the prescribed standards. Fines are also being imposed to take care of this aspect, the minister added.

    On the issue of birds, Prasad says birds are safe in India. “I see a lot of birds in Delhi. If the member is talking about a particular area, I request him to give the details,” he said.

  • 11:50 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha latest updates

    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh has given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'rising price of onions'.

  • 11:50 (IST)

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    Congress gives adjournment notices over Chinese intrusion in Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar


    Congress Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Kodikunnil Suresh has given an Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the issue of 'Chinese intrusion reported in Andaman and Nicobar Islands'.

    Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has given an Adjournment Motion Notice over the issue of 'Chinese encroachment in Arunachal Pradesh'.

  • 11:47 (IST)

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    MDMK, SP, TMC, NCP give Zero Hour Notices in Rajya Sabha


    Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Vaiko has given a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'Madras High Court to be renamed as High Court of Tamil Nadu'.

    Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'concern over the safety of girl students in Allahabad University Hostel'.

    Trinamool Congress MP Shanta Chhetri has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'need to release central funds for West Bengal due to devastation caused by Cyclone Bulbul'.

    Nationalist Congress Party MP Vandana Chavan has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'concern on rising sea levels'.

  • 11:27 (IST)

    Lok Sabha latest update 

     

    Govt to make PSUs professional, consumer friendly: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    On day 13 of Winter Session, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Lok Sabha said that that Public Sector Undertakings like BSNL and MTNL did not get 4G earlier, but now the government is providing a separate scheme for Optic fibre.

    "We will soon make these PSUs professional, consumer friendly and competitive," said Prasad.

  • 11:13 (IST)

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    Annual report of Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune, to be tabled in Lok Sabha

    In the Lower House, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will lay a copy of the annual report of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune, for the year 2018-2019, alongwith audited accounts.

  • 11:12 (IST)

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    Unauthorised Colonies Bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha

    The Bill will be moved by the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri for consideration and passing.

    The Bill will recognise ownership rights on the basis of power of attorney, agreement of sale, will, possession letter or any other document, conveyance deed or authorisation slip. Rights will be granted after payment of registration charges.

  • 11:06 (IST)

    Cabinet clears Citizenship Amendment Bill

    The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will be tabled in the Lok Sabha on 9 December, according to media sources.

Parliament LATEST Updates: The Centre on Wednesday told the Lok Sabha during a session of the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament that the personal data of at least 21 out of approximately 121 Whatsapp users may have been accessed by the attacker involved with the Pegasus software row in November.

Minister of State, Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri moved the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile, Congress' Shashi Tharoor said that the budget was based on unrealistic revenue projections and has fallen on its revenue collection targets.

Lawmakers from Assam registered their protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill by lying on the floor of the state Assembly corridor. The contentious bill received a nod from the Union Cabinet today and will be tabled in the Parliament on 9 December, according to sources. Meanwhile, BJP MP defended the Bill, saying that it is a "proud moment for all Hindus".

Cabinet approves Personal Data Protection Bill which will be introduced soon, reports have said. With respect to the bill, it needs to be seen whether the government will send the bill to a Standing Committee or insist on its passing in Winter Session itself. Meanwhile, P Chidambaram, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the INX Media case, will attend Parliament starting tomorrow. "I am very happy that he is going to be back home, I am relieved. He will also be attending Parliament session tomorrow," Karti Chidambaram told ANI.

Home Minister Amit Shah said in the Rajya Sabha that the government looking at amending the Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code to deal with incidents of mob lynching. He also said that states have been asked to take strict action against such incidents.

China has started sending ships to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, also highlighting Beijing's incursion into Arunachal Pradesh. “If we are so strong in our responses to Pakistan, why the weakness in the way we respond to China. Are we scared of China?” he asked.

In response to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s concerns over the Chinese intrusion into Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh assured the Lok Sabha that India’s forces are vigilant in guarding the borders. “China and India have had long-standing perceptional differences over borders,” he said.

Underscoring the significance of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the BJP leadership has asked party MPs to be present in large numbers when Home Minister Amit Shah tables the contentious legislation in a crucial Union Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Rejecting the Opposition's criticism of the Citizenship Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution there, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asserted that the BJP has always worked to unite the country and its people.

With Home Minister Amit Shah holding discussions with key political leaders, with representatives of students' bodies and civil society members from the Northeast over the past few days, including a meeting which took place on Tuesday, there is a strong likelihood that the Bill could be cleared at the Cabinet meeting scheduled at 9.30 am on Wednesday.

Rajya Sabha 

The proposed legislation is likely to be introduced by the government in the Upper House on 10 December, reported media sources.

In the Rajya Sabha, Dr Vikas Mahatme and Mukut Mithi to lay on the Table, reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Coal and Steel.

Bill considered for passing will be moved by Hardeep Singh Puri to provide special provisions for the National Capital Territory of Delhi for recognising the property rights of resident in unauthorised colonies by securing the rights of ownership or transfer or mortgage in favour of the residents of such colonies.

Lok Sabha

In the Lower House, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will lay a copy of the annual report of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune, for the year 2018-2019, alongwith audited accounts.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will submit report of the Law Commission of India No. 277 – Wrongful Prosecution (Miscarriage of Justice), August 2018.

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Updated Date: Dec 04, 2019 19:25:44 IST


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