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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha discusses importance of river-linking project in Bundelkhand amid water crisis; Rajya Sabha adjourned

Parliament LIVE updates: Amit Shah blamed Congress for losing out on the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. He asked, 'They are blaming us for situation the situation today but how are they forgetting their own past. Who was the one who called ceasefire just when the Indian forces were on the verge of pushing away Pakistani forces. We lost 1/3rd part of Kashmir because of Jawaharlal Nehru.'

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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha discusses importance of river-linking project in Bundelkhand amid water crisis; Rajya Sabha adjourned
  • Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday is to introduce a bill to further amend the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 and further to amend the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002

  • The new bill additionally allows ‘offline verification’ of an individual’s identity, without authentication, through modes specified by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by regulations

  • Under the previous act, usage of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual, by the State or a body corporate under any law, is permitted

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June 28, 2019 - 18:27 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned amid lack of quorum

Opposition’s Bhagwant Mann raised the issue of lack of quorum in the House. AAP MP said he not only questions about the lack of quorum in Treasury benches but also in Opposition benches. “Where is Congress? Where is Trinamool Congress," Mann asked.

A quorum bell is rung thrice, however, MPs do not return to the benches. At 5.57 pm, the Chair declares that there is no quorum and the House is adjourned till 11 am on 1 July.

June 28, 2019 - 18:24 (IST)

Lok Sabha discusses Ken-Betwa river-linking project in Bundelkhand

A resolution to construct canals through the Ken-Betwa river-linking project, moved by Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, was discussed by Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and BJP’s Jagdambika Pal . The project aims to overcome the problem of water scarcity and stray cows in the Bundelkhand region. “The people of the region are forced to leave their cows to graze in the open, which is popularly known as `Anna Pratha’, and which causes damage to the standing crops,” Chowdhury said.

Pal touched upon the history of Bundelkhand before entering into the issue at hand. He said this government is the first one to take the pledge to provide piped water to every household in the country.

June 28, 2019 - 17:19 (IST)

Rajya Sabha adjourned

On the Private Member's Bill introduced by RJD's Manoj Kumar Jha on the manual scavenging deaths, Thawar Chand Gehlot offered reassurance that the government will take measures as suggested by the members. Chair asks Jha if he will withdraw the bill, to which the latter agreed.

The House is adjourned till 11 am on 1 July.

June 28, 2019 - 17:14 (IST)

Kin of 483 of 713 deceased manual scavengers have been given compensation, says Thawar Chand Gehlot

Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot responded to Jha by listing out the alternative employment and welfare measures the government has extended to manual scavengers like loans, skill development, two-wheelers for women and training for self-protection. He said that 713 people have died cleaning septic tanks. Among these kin of 483 victims have been given compensation as per Supreme Court directions.

June 28, 2019 - 17:11 (IST)

Rajya Sabha discussed the practice of manual scavenging, seeking amendment of PEMSRA

Rajya Sabha discussed a Private Member's bill on the deaths of persons cleaning municipal sewers and private septic tanks despite promulgation of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 (PEMSRA).

The resolution moved by RJD’s Prof. Manoj Kumar Jha recommended that the government take cognisance of the continued illegal employment of persons for manual scavenging, to implement practices to end the practice, amendment of PEMSRA, among other provisions.

June 28, 2019 - 16:46 (IST)

Omar Abdullah responds to the Parliament's passage of resolution extending President's rule in J&K

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah criticised the move to extend President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir. He called the the Home Minister's argument justifying the move "unacceptale".

June 28, 2019 - 16:25 (IST)

Lok Sabha approves resolution seeking an extension of President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir by six months

June 28, 2019 - 16:12 (IST)

Lok Sabha passes Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill 2019

June 28, 2019 - 16:09 (IST)

Committed to protect Kashmiriyat, says Amit Shah

"We are committed to protect the Kashmiri culture," Home Minister Amit Shah said, adding that opposing India does not fall in the ambit of Kashmiriyat. "Those who want to separate Jammu and Kashmir from India must have fear in their minds," Shah said. 

June 28, 2019 - 16:02 (IST)

No change in our position on Article 370, says Amit Shah

Our stance on Jammu and Kashmir has and will remain constant. There has been no change in our position on Article 370. We have always maintained that Article 370 is only a temporary provision in our Constitution: Amit Shah

Parliament Latest Updates: Amit Shah blamed Congress for losing out on the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. He asked, "They are blaming us for situation the situation today but how are they forgetting their own past. Who was the one who called ceasefire just when the Indian forces were on the verge of pushing away Pakistani forces. We lost 1/3rd part of Kashmir because of Jawaharlal Nehru."

Shai said, "They are saying we are trampling democracy in Jammu and Kashmir. Before today, Article 356 has been imposed(President's rule) till now 132 times, out of which 93 times Congress has done it. Now of these people will teach us about democracy?"

Asaduddin Owaisi questioned the BJP's claim that the visit of Home Minister Amit Shah was historic in the sense that no protests or violence were reported. "I want to know from home minister, what is the definition of peace in Kashmir according to him? He was there yesterday and the whole valley was closed. The traffic restrictions were such that people were not allowed to come out of their houses. Is that the definition of peace?"

Stating that the government introduced the Ordinance for extending quota benefits to residents of border areas at a politically opportune time, RSP MP NK Premchandran said that the decision was a clear abuse of the Ordinance route. He said that the government was ignorant to the plight of the same people for the last five years and only promulgated an Ordinance in March just before the elections.

Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday is to introduce a bill to further amend the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 and further to amend the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002, which is to be taken into consideration. Prasad will also introduce a motion for the bill to be passed.

The new bill additionally allows ‘offline verification’ of an individual’s identity, without authentication, through modes specified by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by regulations

Under the previous act, usage of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual, by the State or a body corporate under any law, is permitted. The new bill removes this provision. An entity may be allowed to perform authentication through Aadhaar, if the UIDAI is satisfied that it is: compliant with certain standards of privacy and security, or permitted by law, or seeks authentication for a purpose specified by the central government in the interest of the State.

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides for the use of Aadhaar number as proof of identity of a person, subject to authentication. The new bill allows the Parliament to legislate and bring any service under a list where identification by Aadhaar is mandatory.

Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah will on Friday is to introduce a bill to further amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act 2004. The government had passed an Ordinance to this accord earlier when the Parliament was not in session. Now the government seeks to turn the presidential order into a duly passed and notified law.

The amendment provides for reservation in appointment and admission at professional institutions for persons belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and socially and educationally backward classes.

The amended draft law defines socially and educationally backward classes and states that it should include persons living in areas adjoining the Actual Line of Control.

Further, the Act states that any person who has been appointed on the basis of residence in an area adjoining the Actual Line of Control must serve in such areas for at least seven years. The new bill extends this condition to persons living in areas adjoining the International Border as well.

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