Highlights: Parliament passes Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code Amendment Bill
The government on Tuesday urged the Congress not to press for amendments to the triple talaq bill, which seeks to criminalise the practice of instant divorce among Muslims, when it comes up for consideration in the Rajya Sabha likely Wednesday.
The Lok Sabha has already cleared the ‘Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill and it is likely to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday.
Here are the updates:
6:54 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till Wednesday.
6:05 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till Wednesday.
5:51 pm: Congress MP K V Thomas suggests if live telecast of some judicial cases can be considered so that people can get an idea of where the judiciary stand.
5:20 pm: Lok Sabha takes up discussion of the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2017.
5:15 pm: A bill to allow the government to take up infrastructure projects within prohibited areas around protected monuments was passed in the Lok Sabha.
“Moving away from the party lines, the members have supported the Bill,” culture minister Mahesh Sharma said while replying to the concerns raised by the members during the debate on Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
5:10 pm: Food processing sector has attracted foreign direct investment of $ 6.49 billion during 2010-11 to 2016-17.
“According to Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, there has been FDI equity inflow of $ 6492.19 million in the food processing sector during 2010-11 to 2016-17,” minister of state for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said in a written reply to Lok Sabha,.
4:37 pm: Rajya Sabha takes up for discussion the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
4:30 pm: Parliament passes Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code Amendment Bill. (Read full story here)
4.17 pm: Finance minister Arun Jaitley announces contours of electoral bonds for funding of political parties.
4:05 pm: In Rajya Sabha, finance minister Arun Jaitley speaks on insolvency and bankruptcy amendment.
3.35 pm: One of the features of cryptocurrency is that there is lack of dependence on the state. It functions with a degree of anonymity. It operates within a virtual community which is created and enjoys the trust of that virtual community: Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha.
“The government is examining the matter. A Committee under the chairmanship of the Economic Affairs Department Secretary is deliberating over all issues related to cryptocurrencies to propose specific actions to be taken... Instead of taking any knee-jerk action, let’s wait for the report of this committee,” Jaitley said.
Jaitley also clarified that there were no legal safeguards for people dealing in crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin as it was not a “lawful legal tender”.
3.15pm: Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2017 - aimed at reducing inordinate delays in cases of cheque dishonour and payment of interim compensation to the complainants – tabled in Lok Sabha.
3.05pm: Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress demands CBI probe into the alleged suicide by a policeman, who was found hanging from a wireless tower in Madhya Pradesh’s Ashoknagar last month. Scindia says a paper found in his pocket had names of certain police officers, who had allegedly harassed him.
3.03pm: In Lok Sabha, Sushmita Dev of the Congress asks the government that “genuine” citizens should not be left out of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam.
3.01pm: Lok Sabha takes up for discussion the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill.
2.55pm: Congress and Samajwadi Party say they support the amendments in the insolvency and bankruptcy amendment code.
2.50pm: In Rajya Sabha, Congress member P Chidambaram, Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agrawal, and AIADMK member A Navaneethakrishnan raise questions on insolvency and bankruptcy code amendment. (Bill passed by Lok Sabha)
2.44pm: Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan says that while a parliamentary panel gets at least 3 months to look into a Bill, but the Medical Commission Bill was being sent to a panel for the second time, and the report can come before the budget session.
2.40pm: Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar urges Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan to instruct the standing committee of Parliament to give its report on the Medical Commission Bill before the budget session of Parliament.
2.30pm: The Medical Commission Bill - that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body - will be sent to Standing Committee: Union minister Ananth Kumar informs Lok Sabha.
2.28pm: Mediapersons injured in violence while covering court proceedings relating to self-styled godman Ram Rahim in Panchkula were not paid for their hospital treatment.
2.26pm: Nine prominent journalists, including Gauri Lankesh and Naveen Gupta, were killed in the recent past, says Naresh Agrawal.
2.25pm: Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agrawal says the media supports the government and if a correspondent writes facts, pressure is built to get them removed.
2.22pm: There is a trend to hire correspondents on contractactual basis and there is no provision for pension or provident fund for them. Those working at the district level are paid according to the number of stories approved, says Agrawal.
2.20pm: Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agrawal speaks on the plight of mediapersons, particularly those working at the district level.
2.13pm: “Your cooperation is good, so my operation was very smooth... that’s why the House was able to set this record,” Naidu tells MPs. (Read the story here)
2.12pm: “The Rajya Sabha today made a history. For the first time, all Zero Hour submissions, all Special Mentions were fully completed,” says Naidu.
2.10pm: Rajya Sabha sets record, takes up all the Zero Hour issues and special mentions listed in the agenda for that period, says chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
2.05pm: Rajya Sabha takes up for discussion the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
2.02pm: Congress, CPI, CPI(M), DMK, SP, BJD, AIADMK raise issue of triple talaq bill with Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidi, demand that the bill be sent to Select Committee. Union minister Vijay Goel represented the government in the meeting: ANI quoting sources
1.28pm: “There is no proposal to increase the existing incentive amount of Rs 2.5 lakh to an eligible couple,” says Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla on incentives for inter-caste marriages.
1.22pm: “As of now, there is no plan to extend the scheme (Dr Ambedkar Scheme for Social Integration) to inter-religion marriages,” says Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla.
1.20pm: In the Lok Sabha, the government says it has no plan as of now to provide incentives for inter-religious marriages, similar to the sops given for inter-caste marriages.
1.15pm: The Election Commission should clearly define the Code of Conduct and which development schemes and programmes can be allowed during electioneering, instead of leaving it to the discretion of poll officials, says Rajeev Shukla.
1.14pm: Rajeev Shukla of the Congress raises issue of electoral reforms, says the Election Commission should come out with clear-cut guidelines on counting of paper slips of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) and the EVMs.
1.11pm: A strict law should be framed to discourage begging, and those indulging in begging and are healthy should take up jobs of labourers or guards and not beg. The physically challenged should be given government assistance, says BJP member Shwait Malik.
1.10pm: BJP member Shwait Malik says begging has become a menace, with visitors also being hounded across India, demands strict law to discourage begging.
1.01pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2pm.
1.01pm: “It is absolutely clear that the bulk of the NPAs today have arisen out of loans which were given prior to April 1, 2014,” says finance minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha in reply to a question by P Chidambaram.
1.00pm: In Rajya Sabha, Congress member P Chidambaram asks finance minister Arun Jaitley how many loans given to banks after April 1, 2014 have become Non-Performing assets (NPA)
12.50pm: In the Lok Sabha, minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Ahir speaks on the terrorist attack at the CRPF camp in Pulwama, says 580 terrorists have been killed since 2014, compared to 471 between 2010-2013.
12.40pm: Finance minister Arun Jaitley answers questions on various financial issues, including NPAs, bank loans, loan waivers, and the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers cases.
12.27pm: Venkaiah Naidu says he has noticed that some member were engrossed in discussions when an obituary reference was being read by the Chair, and asks the members to refrain from doing that, saying it sent a wrong message.
12.26pm: Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asks members not to talk when obituary references are being made in Rajya Sabha.
12.22pm: “They (government) are saying ‘don’t send bills to the Standing Committee for closer scrutiny’. When it comes to Rajya Sabha, we will demand that it should be sent to the Select Committee,” says D Raja.
12.20pm: “As far as Left parties are concerned, we want this bill to be referred to the Select Committee. But the BJP-led NDA government is bypassing the committee system,” says D Raja.
12.18pm: CPI leader D Raja says the Left wants the triple talaq bill to be referred to the Select Committee and accuses the government of “bypassing the committees” on crucial bills.
12.14pm: Health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda says talks are on with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to clear doubts over the National Medical Commission Bill.
12.13pm: The government says the National Medical Commission Bill that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India with a new body would be beneficial to the medical profession.
12.12pm: Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad says government should take initiative to end the doctors’ strike.
12.10pm: Samajwadi Party member Naresh Agarwal raises issue of doctors going on strike, says many patients have died due to the strike called to oppose the National Medical Commission Bill that will enable superseding of the Medical Council of India.
12.02pm: “The Congress takes one step forward and then 10 steps backward. The party is confused on triple talaq. The Muslim women are happy, but I don’t know why the Congress is sad,” says minority affairs minister Naqvi.
12.01pm: Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi criticises the Congress for its “confused” stand on the triple talaq bill, wants to know why the opposition party was sad while Muslim women were happy.
11.30am: Congress member Kumari Selja asks government to take the issue of rising crimes against women seriously, asks the media to also think about the way women are depicted.
11.26am: Congress MP Rajeev Shukla raises issue of election campaigns ahead of assembly elections in several states, says the whole world watches elections in India.
11.20am: Rajya Sabha will discuss the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill; the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill; the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, the Appropriation (No.5) Bill.
11.18am: Lok Sabha will discuss the National Medical Commission Bill, the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, the High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill.
11.15am: The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill will be introduced in Lok Sabha.
10.42am: DMK MP Kanimozhi says triple talaq bill should to be referred to Select Committee.
10.37am: “We are in talks with the Congress party and others for the triple talaq bill, hope for a smooth passage in Rajya Sabha. Kal pesh ho sakta hai,” says parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar.
10.35am: CPI’s Rajya Sabha member D Raja says that the triple talaq bill has been listed for today, “but as far as Left parties are concerned, we will demand that bill should be referred to Select Committee of Rajya Sabha”.
10.32am: “The way the triple talaq bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, it will be passed in Rajya Sabha too with constructive debate and discussion. Hope the opposition, including the Congress, supports it,” says Union minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
10.30am: Government hopes Congress and other parties support triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha.
10.11am: “NCP has already made it clear that we are entirely against criminalisation. A marriage in Islam is a civil contract, you can’t impose sentence of 3 years on improper talaq given by husband to wife. Let it go for reconsideration to Select Committee,” says NCP leader Majeed Memon.
10.10am: NCP says it is against criminalisation of triple talaq, proposes the bill be sent for reconsideration to the Select Committee.
8.40am: BJP issues a three-line whip for all its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, asking them to remain present in Parliament on Jan 2 and 3 for passage of several crucial bills during the period.
# What is the triple talaq bill?
This bill gives power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children in the case of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat.
A victim can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate. Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form - spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp - would be illegal and void.
# Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has convened a meeting of the leaders of the Congress as well as other parties in his Parliament chamber on Tuesday, before the bill is taken up.
# The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) said various Muslim bodies in the country would move the Supreme Court if the bill is also passed by the Rajya Sabha.
(With agency inputs)