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Parliament Updates: Rajya Sabha passes Finance, Appropriation bills; Smriti Irani tables bill to amend POCSO Act

Parliament Updates: Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Upper House, 'This is Rajya Sabha...it has a way to function...it can not be run like a department of the government. We are not willing to be rubber stamps.' Congress walked out of Rajya Sabha in protest against the government stand that prime minister Narendra Modi will not respond on Donald Trump's remarks on the Kashmir issue.

FP Staff July 23, 2019 18:22:10 IST
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Parliament Updates: Rajya Sabha passes Finance, Appropriation bills; Smriti Irani tables bill to amend POCSO Act
  • The ongoing session of Parliament is likely to be extended for at least three days as Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla may make an announcement

  • The extension of Parliament session was also discussed in the Business Advisory Committee

  • The Lok Sabha passed the RTI (Amendment) Bill; Rajya Sabha passes bill allowing appointment of SC judge as NHRC chief on Monday

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16:28 (ist)

States should join National Transport Police, even though it is not mandatory, says Nitin Gadkari


Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari assured that the rights of states won't be taken away, adding that they can continue to run road transport, even if it is making losses. He told the House to support an increase in the ticket price by 15 percent and give the poor AC buses.

National Transport Policy involves national mobility and inter-state mobility, he said.

On Sougata Roy's comments, Gadkari said one day it will be possible to travel from Delhi to Kolkata through inland waterways. “We are operating freights now, but we don't make promises that can't be implemented. The transport sector is progressing, but there is lack of technology right now,” he said.

Stressing that the transport ministry wants to convert knowledge into wealth, Gadkari said that even though it is not mandatory for States to join, all States should join in the National Transport policy.

On the topic of dealers directly getting Registration Numbers, Gadkari what will an RTO inspect in a brand new vehicle. “Dealers, in reality, don't take vehicle to the RTO office. They bribe the officials. We want to end that,” he said.

“We removed the education clause after Haryana CM requested so. Many truck drivers lost driver's licence because they couldn't prove they have passed eighth class,” he said. He said that the ministry will educate, train and sensitise drivers in the absence of the educational qualification requirement.

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July 23, 2019 - 18:14 (IST)

Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani moves the the POCSO (Amendment) Bill

July 23, 2019 - 18:10 (IST)

Lok Sabha is adjourned till 11 am on 24 July

July 23, 2019 - 18:09 (IST)

Those who lynch people are not called terrorists, says DMK’s Ravikumar

DMK’s Ravikumar spoke against provision of declaring individuals as terrorists. “They don't call those who lynch people as terrorists. Those who kill people in the name of honour killing are not called terrorists. The definition of an act of terror is not commensurate with the UN definition. The law's provisions are vague,” he said.

The law will be used to target people speak against the government, he said. “I'm not expressing fear but I say this law's aim is misuse,” he concluded.

July 23, 2019 - 18:05 (IST)

Rajya Sabha passes Appropriation Bill and Finance Bill

July 23, 2019 - 18:05 (IST)

Govt is taking steps to supplement farmer income, says Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha

Starting her responses to comments and questions by members of the Rajya Sabha on the Appropriation Bill and Finance Bill, Nirmala Sitharaman said that steps to bring down the angel tax have been welcomed by the startups. 

Under direct taxation, we are pre-filling tax forms to reduce hassle, she said. She also said that the Customs Act has been touched upon with the aim of higher compliance. Centre’s assistance to states has substantially increased by Rs 1.33 lakh crore, she said adding that news print attracted basic customs duty earlier too.

"Diesel or petrol are refined products from crude oil which are completely imported. Today, inflation is at rock bottom. We are not unmindful of implications that the cess has on farmers which is why we are taking steps to supplement farmer income,” she said.

"Direct Taxation code is something on which immediate attention will be given by the government,” she assured the Upper House.

July 23, 2019 - 17:47 (IST)

What is the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019?

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 provides for empowering the Director General, National Investigation Agency to grant approval of seizure or attachment of property when the case is investigated by the said agency. It also looks at amending Section 35 of the Act to empower the Central Government to add to or remove from the proposed Fourth Schedule, the name of an individual terrorist and other consequential amendments relating thereto. The Bill suggests inserting a new clause (ba) in Section 43 of the Act to empower an officer of the rank of Inspector of National Investigation Agency to investigate the offences under Chapter IV and Chapter VI.

July 23, 2019 - 17:39 (IST)

Meenakshi Lekhi asks LS members to support UAPA Bill

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Meenakshi Lekhi said, "All the amendments are technical in nature. I request all members to support the bill with an open mind. This Act intends to ensure that every Indian feels secure."

She countered Tewari saying it's not a dangerous law but a soft law. The history of the Act began in 1967, she said. She said that till you don't control the individual how can you control the organisation. 

Whatever the changes are brought in they are technical in nature, she said adding the Opposition should also let its technical hold go like China did on Hafiz Saeed. “The Ravan of today which can appear in the form of an NGO here or a social activist there should be dealt with and to do that such laws are needed,” she said. 

July 23, 2019 - 17:28 (IST)

Don't make India a police state, says Congress' Manish Tewari on UAPA Bill

Beginning the discussion on the UAPA Bill in Lok Sabha, Congress' Manish Tewari said that there is widespread misrepresentation that a strong law can curb crimes, when history has shown that violent separatist movements have been resolved through dialogue.

Refuting Amit Shah's claim that POTA was repealed for the appeasement of the vote bank, Tewari said that the process to humanise POTA began during NDA's tenure. He added that senior BJP leader LK Advani had said that POTA was being misused and a POTA review committee was formed.

He urged the government to not make India a police state.

July 23, 2019 - 17:13 (IST)

MoS Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy tables UAPA Amendment Bill


Tabling the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, Minister of State Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said the Bill would give the government to seize properties owned by terror outfits in multiple states. It would also enable officers the DCP and ACP, like inspectors or above rank in NIA, to investigate offences under UAPA.

Stressing that the Bill is meant to fight against terrorism, he urges the Lok Sabha to pass it.

The number of terrorist incidents in hinterland during last decade as compared to the previous decade have reduced by 70 percent and the number of terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have reduced by 86 percent, i.e. 23,290 to 3,187.

July 23, 2019 - 17:02 (IST)

Lok Sabha passes the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Parliament Updates: Congress MP  Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Upper House, "This is Rajya Sabha...it has a way to function...it can not be run like a department of the government. We are not willing to be rubber stamps." Congress walked out of Rajya Sabha in protest against the government stand that prime minister Narendra Modi will not respond on Donald Trump's remarks on the Kashmir issue.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 PM following an uproar by Opposition MPs where there were raising slogans of "Pradhanmantri jawab do,jawab do,jawab do". They're seeking a reply from PM in Parliament on statement of US President that PM Modi had asked him to mediate in Kashmir issue

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to slam the government on Donald Trump's statement. He said that if what the US president claims is true then Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only violated the standing treaties but also betrayed the interests of the nation.

Opposition MPs, largely from the Congress, walked out of the House over their demand for Prime Minister's response on "statement of US President Trump that PM Modi had asked him to mediate in Kashmir issue"

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 PM, following an uproar by Opposition MPs where there were raising slogans of "Pradhanmantri jawab do,jawab do,jawab do" and "Pradhan Mantri sadan me aao". They're seeking a reply from PM in Parliament on statement of US President that PM Modi had asked him to mediate in Kashmir issue

Moments after External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar finished reading his statement in the Upper House, pandemonium broke out in the Rajya Sabha. MPs, who had been constantly requesting that the prime minister himself makes a statement in the House, started protesting loudly.

In the Rajya Sabha today, after the Question Hour, The Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2019; The Finance (No.2) Bill, 2019 and The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be taken up for discussion and passing in the Upper House.

Meanwhile, in the Lok Sabha today, The Code on Wages, 2019 and The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2019 will be introduced. Urgent matters of public importance will be discussed. Whereas, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019; The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019; The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019; The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019 and The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 will be taken up for consideration and passing.

The ongoing session of Parliament is likely to be extended for at least three days as Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla may make an announcement in this regard in the House on Tuesday, PTI reported.

The extension of Parliament session was also discussed in the Business Advisory Committee where opposition made it clear to the government that they are not in favour of any such move, sources, who were present in the meeting, said on Monday.

During the Business Advisory Committee meeting chaired by Birla, the government conveyed to the opposition parties that it wanted to extend the ongoing Parliament session, the sources said.

According to government sources, there are more than two dozen bills, including the contentious triple talaq bill, which are pending and the government is keen to complete its legislative business. The ongoing session is scheduled to conclude on 26 July, but the sources said the government was mulling to extend it till August 2 to ensure passage of all the bills listed for business.

The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, which started on 17 June, has been the most productive till 16 July in the last 20 years, with the Lower House registering 128 percent productivity till Tuesday, according to think-tank PRS Legislative Research.

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