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Parliament session Highlights: Aadhaar amendment bill to be taken up in Lok Sabha today

Parliament session live updates: Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is likely to move the The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

By HT Correspondent | Jun 27, 2019 22:44 IST

A number of bills including one about Aadhaar are slated to be taken up in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will move the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passing in Lok Sabha.

The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019 is listed to be introduced the House.  It provides for the reservation of posts in appointments by direct recruitment of persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, the socially and educationally backward classes and the economically weaker sections, to teachers’ cadre in certain central educational institutions.

In Rajya Sabha, the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be taken up for consideration and passing. It was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday replied to the debate in the Rajya Sabha on President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to Parliament.

Here are the Live updates:

3:23 pm IST

Government to take tough action if fraud found in PMGDISHA

IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday said in the Rajya Sabha that the government will take “tough action” if village entrepreneurs are found faking number of rural people trained under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Shaksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA), reports PTI.

Observing that there is “digital hunger” in rural India, the Minister said the government target is to make one lakh digital villages in the country and it is working with Railways to lay the Optical fibre network at the gram level.

“It is a very important scheme (PMGDISHA). There is a third party audit. If a member has any specific information about faking numbers, I want to assure him that I will take firm measure. If anyone has faked numbers, I will take tough action,” Prasad said during the Question Hour.

The Minister said the government has already trained 2.53 crore people under the scheme, while the target is 6 crore.

2:57 pm IST

TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray writes to Rajya Sabha secretary general regarding change of West Bengal’s name

TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray has written to Rajya Sabha Secretary General stating, ‘In July 2018, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly passed resolution that West Bengal should be renamed as Bangla and it was since pending for consideration at the end of the central government. I would urge upon the central government to give effect to the said resolution passed by the state legislative assembly to restore the actual identity of the Bengali people.’

2:53 pm IST

Indian Medical Council bill introduced in Lok Sabha

The government on Thursday introduced in the Lok Sabha the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which aims at bringing transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical educations in the country, reports news agency ANI.

The Indian Medical Council bill had lapsed after it was introduced in 16th Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Health, Ashwini Choubey. The Cabinet had approved the Bill on June 12 to replace the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019 through an Act of Parliament.

The Bill provides for supersession of Medical Council of India (MCI) for a period of two years with effect from September 26, 2018.

2:51 pm IST

Climate change issue raised in Rajya Sabha

Climate change issue raised in Rajya Sabha

2:50 pm IST

Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

2:35 pm IST

Deadline to submit comments for NEP to be expanded: HRD minister

The deadline for public comments on the draft of the new National Education Policy (NEP) will be extended by a month till July 31, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said in the Rajya Sabha Thursday, reports PTI.

The draft of the new NEP, which was formulated by a panel led by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, provides reforms at all levels of education. The current deadline to submit public views will expire on June 30.

“The report (on the draft NEP) has been put on a public domain for suggestions. The draft has been prepared after discussions at all levels. And the date for submitting comments will be extended by a month,” Pokhriyal said during the Question Hour in the Upper House.

He was responding to a supplementary asked by TMC member Derek O’ Brien that if the committee prepared the draft of the new NEP without holding any meetings and without discussion.

2:13 pm IST

Central Education Bill in Lok Sabha

A bill which seeks to allow filling up of more than 7,000 existing vacancies by direct recruitment in accordance with a new quota system in institutions of higher education was introduced in the Lok Sabha Thursday.

A similar bill was introduced in Parliament during the tenure of the previous Lok Sabha and it had lapsed.

The government had then brought an ordinance. The fresh Central Education Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’Cadre) Bill, 2019 seeks to replace the ordinance issued by the previous government.

It was introduced by Minister of State for HRD Sanjay Dhotre.

2:01 pm IST

Vijay Goel demands ban on lottery in country

Senior BJP leader Vijay Goel Thursday demanded a ban on lottery in the country, saying it is a social evil and hurts the poor the most.

Raising the matter during the Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Goel said single digit lottery has been banned and now even multi-digit number lotteries too should be banned.

He said lottery is a social evil and poor people suffer.

Goel said all parties should support his demand. Several members across the House associated themselves with the suggestion.

1:57 pm IST

Congress MPs protest in Lok Sabha

Congress MPs protest in Lok Sabha against the recent CBDT order.

1:49 pm IST

Demand for establishment of legislature in Dadra Nagar Haveli raised in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha member from Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mohanbhai Sanjibhai Delkar, Thursday demanded establishment of a legislature in the union territory.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, he said a standing committee report is already there on the issue.

1:40 pm IST

TMC member Saugata Roy seeks steps to improve condition of state-run hospitals

TMC member Saugata Roy Thursday demanded the government take steps to improve condition of state-run hospitals and reduce child deaths.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour, Roy said infrastructure in the Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital in the national capital was not adequate to meet demand of patients.

He said about 6,000 children have died in this hospital in the past six years for various reasons including premature death and respiratory infections.

1:31 pm IST

Venakaiah Naidu asks government to look into issue of universities advertising for teaching posts without reservation

The issue of four universities advertising for filling up vacancies of teaching staff without providing for 50 per cent reservation to reserved classed was raised in the Rajya Sabha Thursday, prompting Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to direct the government to look into it.

1:26 pm IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm.

1:23 pm IST

Hardeep Singh Puri in Lok Sabha denies that Union Government has any proposal for free rides for women in Delhi Metro

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in Lok Sabha denies that Union Government has any proposal for free rides for women in Delhi Metro, the question was asked by TMC MP Saugata Roy.

 

12:52 pm IST

Tax being levied on pensioners of armed forces personnel. It is matter of disappointment: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha: Tax being levied on pensioners of armed forces personnel. It is matter of disappointment.

12:51 pm IST

Smriti Irani defends Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign in Rajya Sabha

Smriti Irani defends Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign in Rajya Sabha.

12:42 pm IST

Issue of steep air fares raised in Lok Sabha

Members of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Thursday flagged the issue of steep air fares especially during natural calamities like cyclones and riots.

Raising the issue during the Question Hour, BJD MP Pinaki Misra said during the Jat riots in Haryana in 2016, the Delhi-Chandigarh fare shot up to Rs 90,000.

The same was the case when Cyclone Fani hit Odisha last month.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said airlines set their fares in different segments, reports PTI.

12: 30 pm IST

Adjournment motion notice on tax rebate to disabled armed forces personnel

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary has given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on tax rebate to disabled Indian Armed forces personnel.

12:25 pm IST

CPI gives adjournment motion notice in LS

The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Thursday gave an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha seeking to stop the ongoing hydrocarbon project in Cauvery basin in Tamil Nadu, reports ANI.

Recently, the Centre awarded oil and gas exploration contracts to extract hydrocarbons in Cauvery basin or coastal districts of Tamil Nadu.

The state has been witnessing protests over the extraction project amid the ongoing water crisis which has affected hundreds of people.