The second day of Parliament's Monsoon session saw passage of three bills that were hugely debated and discussed in both the houses. While Lok Sabha passed Medical Council (Amendment) Bill and Dentists (Amendment) Bill to replace the NEET ordinances, the Upper House passed the much debated Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012 on Tuesday.
Here are the highlights of the second day of Parliament's Monsoon Session:
Bills introduced in Lok Sabha
- Bill to bring six new IITs, ISM under IIT Act
A bill, introduced by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, aims at bringing the six new IITs as well as the Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad under the ambit of the IIT Act.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, who introduced the bill, in the statement of objects and reasons said the government has set up six new IITs as registered societies.
"These institutes need to be brought within the ambit of the aforesaid Act for the purpose of declaring them as institutions of national importance," he said.
The bill also aims at declaring ISM Dhanbad as an institute of national importance, integrate it with the IIT system and it would be called IIT (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.
The new IITs which the bill intends to incorporate in the system are IIT Tirupati, IIT Palakkad, IIT Goa, IIT Dharwar, IIT Bhilai and IIT Jammu.
Javadekar also introduced The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha.
This bill aims at amending the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research Act of 2007 and proposes the establishment of a NIT in Andhra Pradesh with effect from 20 August, 2015 which has has already been set up as registered society.
-Bill to amend Citizenship Act
Keeping its promise to provide succour to refugees from neighbouring countries, the government introduced a bill to amend the Citizenship Act so that Hindus, Sikhs and other minorities of these nations could be granted citizenship even if they do not provide required documents.
Introducing the bill, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said many persons of Indian origin of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have applied for citizenship but unable to provide proof of their Indian origin.
Singh said hence they are forced to apply for citizenship by naturalisation under the Citizenship Act which required 12 years of residency as qualifications for naturalisation in terms of the law.
This denies them many opportunities and advantages which are available only to Indian citizens even though they are likely to stay in India permanently, he said.
"It is proposed to amend the Schedule 3 of the Act to make applicants belonging to minority communities from the aforesaid countries eligible for citizenship by naturalisation in 7 years instead of existing 12 years," he said.
- Govt moves High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill
A day after Calcutta High Court judges unanimously rejected a proposal – seeking to rename Bombay, Madras and Calcutta high courts to reflect the change in the names of cities they are located in – government moved a bill in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill which, once passed by Parliament, will replace Bombay, Madras and Calcutta with Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata respectively in the names of corresponding high courts.
Issues raised and debated in Lok Sabha
- Suspected Islamic State links of 21 missing people from Kerala
MPs from Kerala raised the issue of 21 people from the state who have gone missing and are suspected to have links with terror group Islamic State while asking the government to confirm whether they have joined any the banned organisation.
"There are some unconfirmed media reports that they have joined some terrorist organisation. It should be confirmed only by the central investigating agency, that is, NIA," KC Venugopal (Cong) said.
He alleged that there is a deliberate attempt to spread out "Islamophobia" among the people and said that all Muslim organisations and influential Islamic scholars in the country have criticised and rejected the radical ideology put forward by the Islamic State.
"The government should come forward and say if they have got any information about it. They should come forward and clear the ambiguity," he said.
P Karunakaran (CPI) said it was a very serious matter and asked the government to take all possible steps to find them and reveal the reasons for their disappearance.
- Spiralling prices of of essential goods including drugs
P Karunakaran (CPI) also said, "Prices of essential goods including drugs are increasing. Price is increasing due to the malpractices of traders who create artificial shortage."
BB Patil (TRS) raised the issue of price rise and sought government's intervention in this regard.
"Prices of essential goods including drugs are increasing. Price is increasing due to the malpractices of traders who create artificial shortage," he said.
Patil said that it is high time that the government should have a control on the prices of essential goods and drugs.
- Killing of 10 CRPF commandos in IED blast in Bihar on 18 July
On the killing of 10 CRPF commandos in IED blast in Bihar on Monday, Sushil Kumar Singh (BJP) said that the state government is not being able to handle the situation.
"The state government has no interest in resolving the matter. Poor and innocent are getting killed in these blasts. This is a danger to India's internal security," he said.
He asked the Union government to put pressure on the state to do policing and developmental work.
Ram Prasad Sarmah (BJP) said there was a "tremendous increase" in jihadi activities in Assam.
"Those jihadis, who are intruding from Bangladesh, are also making Assam their playing field. I would request the government to fully seal the border between India and Bangladesh," he said.
Issues raised and debated in Rajya Sabha
- Release of Indian fishermen
MPs sought government intervention in ensuring the release of a large number of Indian fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lankan navy in the recent past. Vijila Sathyananth (AIADMK) raised the issue of arrest of fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, blaming it for infringing upon rights of Indian fishermen. She said four fishermen were arrested on 15 July and asked the Centre to ensure their immediate release and sought immediate intervention of the Ministry of External Affairs to secure their release as well as that of their fishing boats.
Tiruchi Siva (DMK) also raised the issue of "atrocities" on fishermen by Sri Lankan navy, saying 76 fishermen have been arrested in the recent past. He alleged that the Lankan navy had manhandled fishermen and damanged their boats even in Indian waters. Stressing that fishermen have been rendered "totally out of profession", Siva sought immediate release of 76 fishermen and 102 fishing boats.
- Neglect of historic National Musuem at Kolkata
P Bhattacharya (Cong) raised the issue of neglect of historic National Musuem at Kolkata and complained that the Centre was not paying enough attention to the library. He said senior posts at the library are lying vacant and the post of Director there has been vacant for long time. He urged the central government to ensure that such an old and historic library is run properly.
- Issue of brutal rape of the 14-year-old Kabbadi player in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra
Rajani Patil (Congress) raised the issue of brutal rape and killing of a 14-year old Kabaddi player in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and demand stringent punishment for the accused. "The fear of law has to be established in minds of criminals," she said.
Husain Dalwai (Cong) demanded a House Committee to investigate the incident.
- Categorising Scheduled Castes for job reservation in jobs and education
Ananda Bhaskar Rapuolu (Congress) demanded powers to the state government to categorise Scheduled Castes (SC) for reservation in jobs and education.
- Oil fields in Assam
Ripun Bora (Congress) said Assam was "burning" for last 25 days and there was agitation going on against the Petroleum Ministry's decision to auction 12 oil fields in the state.
He said that as per the Oil Field Regulation and Development Act 1948, the central government has to regulate and develop the fields, but the "real owner" of the land and resources was the state government.
Bora said that if oil fields in Gujarat could be handed over the state-run GSPLC by the Centre, why this cannot be done in Assam. He said Assam too has three state-run oil companies.
Asserting that the auction of the oil fields will not create jobs, he asked the Centre to scrap the decision.
- No law to regulate nursing homes and private hospitals
Naresh Agrawal (Samajwadi Party) spoke on the plight of poor people who end up spending lot of money for treatment at private hospitals or nursing homes and said there was no law to regulate nursing homes and private hospitals.
Referring to a recently unearthed kidney transplant racket, Agrawal said no action has been taken against any big hospital.
- Issue of Ram Temple
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy raised the issue of Ram temple and sought day-to-day hearing of the case in the Supreme Court for construction of the shrine in Ayodhya.
In a special mention, Swamy, a nominated member, made a demand for expediting the "steps for early listing and disposal of the case relating to dispute for construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya".
- Pellete guns in Kashmir
Hussain Dalvai of Congress demanded immediate ban on use of pellet guns in Kashmir which
are being used for dispersing violent mobs.
- Drug menace in Goa
Shantaram Naik of Congress raised the issue of drug abuse in Goa and sought a "balanced approach" to deal with the menace.
Apparently referring to the recent controversy over such an issue in Punjab with regard to movie 'Udta Punjab', he said, "Goa should not become 'Udta Goa'.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Jul 19, 2016 21:30:46 IST