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Parliament updates: Lok Sabha passes SEZ Amendment Bill; House adjourned till 11 am tomorrow

Parliament LIVE updates: The Lok Sabha has passed Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and has been adjourned till 11 am on Thursday.

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Parliament updates: Lok Sabha passes SEZ Amendment Bill; House adjourned till 11 am tomorrow
  • A day after a fiery debate on the Motion of Thanks to President's Address, the Lok Sabha is set to carry out important legislative budines in the House.

  • Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will move a bill to 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, be taken into consideration

  • The Lower House will also discuss the The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

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June 26, 2019 - 18:02 (IST)

Lok Sabha passes Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019

The Lok Sabha has passed Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and has been adjourned till 11 am on Thursday.

June 26, 2019 - 17:59 (IST)
AAP asks Centre to approve Yamuna rain water storage project to avoid water crisis
AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Wednesday urged the central government to approve a rain water harvesting project near Yamuna proposed by the Delhi government, cautioning that the national capital could face a water crisis in 2020.
 
Initiating a short duration debate on water crisis in the country in Rajya Sabha, Singh said, "We want to store rain water near Yamuna. But we cannot do that without central government approval."
 
"We have proposed rain water storage project... but we need central government support otherwise there would be big water crisis in Delhi in 2020," he said. He informed the House that the AAP government in Delhi increased drinking water availability to 88 per cent from 55 per cent four-and-a-half years ago.
 
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June 26, 2019 - 17:49 (IST)

UPA govt withdrew exemptions to SEZ, says Piyush Goyal

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal lashed out at the Congress in Lok Sabha during the debate on Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019. "The UPA government in 2011-12 withdrew the exemptions given to SEZ by the erstwhile Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. 67 requests were received to denotify SEZ’s in the UPA II alone," he said.

June 26, 2019 - 17:25 (IST)

TDP MP calls for Rural Economic Zone instead of SEZ

TDP MP Jayadev Galla suggested in Lok Sabha that instead of SEZ, the country could benefit from Rural Economic Zones. Pointing that SEZs lead to increased land prices in urban areas and bring jobs where there are other employment opportunities, he said that bringing the same idea to rural areas with provide incentives to underdeveloped regions.

June 26, 2019 - 16:57 (IST)

D Raja says Centre should see interstate river water disputes are settled
Speaking on the drinking water crisis in Tamil Nadu, CPI leader D Raja said, "There is drinking water crisis in Chennai and several cities. People are agitated; there is unrest in Tamil Nadu. Despite rainwater harvest, Chennai is facing a severe water crisis. Tamil Nadu has river water problem, because except one river, rest are all shared with other states. There is an interstate river water dispute; Centre should see these disputes are settled." 

June 26, 2019 - 16:25 (IST)

JD(U) MP says rainwater harvesting should be given as much importance as Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan

Participating in the debate on challenges of water crisis, JD(U) leader Kahkashan Perween said, "I suggest that the way efforts were put into Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan, rainwater harvesting system should also be given the same importance. It shouldn't be the case that one individual gets 5 gallons for himself, while someone else doesn't even get a drop."

June 26, 2019 - 16:12 (IST)

Tharoor says SEZ have potentional to be driving forces of our economy
Speaking in Lok Sabha, where a debate is underway for Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Shashi Tharoor said, "Unemployment has reached the highest rate in about 45 years. In the last five years, our exports have barely increased by 10 percent. According to replies in the House, 150 SEZs are non operational. Half the land notified for SEZ is lying vacant, exports are not growing fast enough to help generate employment... SEZ do have potential to be driving forces of our economy."

June 26, 2019 - 15:52 (IST)

What's the plan, asks Congress MP on groundwater scarcity
In Rajya Sabha, where the members are discussing the challenges of water crisis, Congress MP Amee Yagnik said, "Water scarcity is going to be the issue of the century. How are we going to deal with it? If we want to be the economy of the future, water has to reach the last person."


On a NITI Aayog report that 21 cities running out of groundwater by 2020, she asked the government what the plan was. "We can't tell citizens to harvest rainter individually. We need to give them facility so they can start rainwater harvesting." 

June 26, 2019 - 15:41 (IST)

Modi addressed deaths in Bihar due to encephalitis

Following the deaths of over 100 children in Bihar due to the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome on the state, Narendra Modi on Wednesday finally addressed the issue while speaking in Rajya Sabha. "The deaths in Bihar due to acute encephalitis syndrome are unfortunate and a matter of shame for us. We have to take this seriously. I am in constant touch with the state government and I am sure we will collectively come out of this crisis soon," he said.

The reaction comes after few parliamentarians, including Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, had criticised the government for lack of discussion on the issue.

June 26, 2019 - 15:32 (IST)

Piyush Goyal introduces Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019

The Bill seeks to replace Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.

Parliament Latest updates: The Lok Sabha has passed Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and has been adjourned till 11 am on Thursday.

Speaking on the drinking water crisis in Tamil Nadu, CPI leader D Raja said in Rajya Sabha, "There is drinking water crisis in Chennai and several cities. People are agitated; there is unrest in Tamil Nadu. Despite rainwater harvest, Chennai is facing a severe water crisis. Tamil Nadu has river water problem, because except one river, rest are all shared with other states. There is an interstate river water dispute; Centre should see these disputes are settled."

In Rajya Sabha, where the members are discussing the challenges of water crisis, Congress MP Amee Yagnik asked the government what the plan was after a NITI Aayog report claimed 21 cities will run out of groundwater by 2020. "We can't tell citizens to harvest rainter individually. We need to give them facility so they can start rainwater harvesting," she said.

Following the deaths of over 100 children in Bihar due to the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome on the state, Narendra Modi on Wednesday finally addressed the issue while speaking in Rajya Sabha. "The deaths in Bihar due to acute encephalitis syndrome are unfortunate and a matter of shame for us. We have to take this seriously. I am in constant touch with the state government and I am sure we will collectively come out of this crisis soon," he said. The reaction comes after few parliamentarians, including Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, had criticised the government for lack of discussion on the issue.

Highlighting the mob lynching incident in Jharkhand, Narendra Modi said that the guilty should be sentenced to the hardest punishments according to the law. "However, it is beyond our right to demonise an entire state. Jharkhand also has a lot of good people, are we doing them justice by maligning the image of the whole state," Modi asked.

Narendra Modi said, "I was saddened when some leaders said- the BJP and allies won the elections but the nation lost, democracy lost. I want to clearly say that such statements are unfortunate. Why question the wisdom of voters." He slammed the Congress party stating, "Their arrogance has no limits or what? well arrogance shouldn't exist in the first place... but what do they mean. Did democracy lose in Wayanad and Raebareilly..?" Modi asked.

The Prime Minister's office tweeted that PM Narendra Modi will reply to the "Motion Of Thanks On the President's Address' in the Rajya Sabha today at 2pm

Congress leader Manish Tewari and Union minister Piyush Goyal — both articulate speakers with excellent command on the English language — had a little back and forth during the question hour. Goyal took some time laying out his government's plan of action and successes while replying to a member's query on US' withdrawal of GSP status to India

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi slammed PM Narendra Modi over his Lok Sabha speech. He asked, "If someone is making the 'gutter' comment, then why do you not give Muslims reservation?"

Member of Parliament from Malappuram Constituency, PK Kunhalikutty, has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over an incident of mob lynching in Jharkhand. This is the second adjournment motion notice that has been given in the Lok Sabha today.

A day after a fiery debate on the Motion of Thanks to President's Address, the Lok Sabha is set to carry out important legislative business in the House. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will move a bill to 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, be taken into consideration.

The Lower House will also discuss the The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Meanwhile, in Rajya Sabha, further discussions on the Motion of Thanks to President's Address, moved by Jagat Prakash Nadda on the 24th June, 2019 and the amendments moved
thereto that an Address be presented to the President in the following terms ––– 'That the Members of the Rajya Sabha assembled in this Session are deeply grateful to the President for the Address which he has been pleased to deliver to both Houses of Parliament assembled together on 20 June, 2019.'"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reply to the debate once all members have concluded their speeches. Modi, on Tuesday, slammed the Congress party and Nehru Gandhi family  for 'alienating Muslims' and using them as a vote bank.

"In the 50s, the Congress had option to introduce legislation on 'Uniform Civil Code but they didn't. They had another opportunity in the form of the Shah Bano case. It was a classic case of gender equality but they frittered away that opportunity," Modi said.

He added that the Congress had another opportunity 35 years later, i.e. in the current session. "There is no need to look at it from any community particular's point of view," he said.

With inputs from agencies

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