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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

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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

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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. 

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Dec 04, 2019 - 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."

Dec 04, 2019 - 17:12 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

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.

Dec 04, 2019 - 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.

Dec 04, 2019 - 16:45 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

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.

Dec 04, 2019 - 16:24 (IST)

Lok Sabha latest updates

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.

Dec 04, 2019 - 15:49 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates
 

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.

Dec 04, 2019 - 15:32 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates
 

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.

Dec 04, 2019 - 15:27 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates
 

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).

Dec 04, 2019 - 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".

Dec 04, 2019 - 15:16 (IST)

Lok Sabha latest updates
 

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.

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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