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Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: On Friday, the government introduced the RTI Bill which proposes to give the Centre the powers to set the salaries and service conditions of Information Commissioners at central as well as state levels. The government’s move triggered protests from the Opposition.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2019 8:13:53 pm
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The Rajya Sabha passed the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019, while RTI (Amendment) Bill got the nod of the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Rajya Sabha members Monday congratulated the scientists at ISRO for the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission. Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu informed the House that the Chandrayaan-2 has been successfully launched and the House unanimously applauded the feat.

Members in the upper house raised slogans since the start of the day’s proceedings, raising issues of Karnataka political crisis, Sonbhadra violence, lynchings in Bihar and Dalit issues. In Karnataka, the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka will face a crucial trust vote in the Assembly on Monday even as legal questions hang over participation of 13 coalition legislators whose resignations are pending acceptance by the Assembly Speaker.

When the houses resume, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will move The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019. The Right to Information (Amendment)Bill, 2019 will also be taken for consideration to be passed in the Lok Sabha.

On Friday, the government introduced the RTI (Amendment) Bill which proposes to give the Centre the powers to set the salaries and service conditions of Information Commissioners at central as well as state levels. The government’s move triggered protests from the Opposition.

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Here are the HIGHLIGHTS of the Parliament proceedings of today.

Highlights

    18:04 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed in Rajya Sabha

    The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed in Rajya Sabha.

    18:03 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    RTI (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed in Lok Sabha

    The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed in the Lok Sabha.

    17:48 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    This is not RTI Amendment bill but RTI elimination bill, says Shashi Tharoor

    Leading the opposition charge during the debate on the RTI (Amendment) Bill, 2019 Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that under the proposed changes the government can hire and fire independent information commissioners.

    "It is not RTI Amendment bill but RTI elimination bill," he said.

    The RTI Act was a monumental achievement for the country's democracy and it challenged the vested interests of the government, the former Union minister said.

    He questioned why the Bill has been brought "without any public consultation".

    "Why is the government desperate to rush through the bill? Is it because the Central Information Commission (CIC) delivered an order on the Prime Minister's educational detail," Tharoor asked.

    (PTI)

    17:01 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    Discussion ongoing on Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha

    The Lok Sabha is discussing the proposed amendments to the Right to Information Act, 2005. The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 amends Sections 13 and 16 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. Section 13 of the original Act sets the term of the central Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners at five years (or until the age of 65, whichever is earlier).  The Opposition has argued that this will take away the independence of the RTI authorities. Read more

    16:46 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    Politics shouldn't be done at Lok Sabha adjournment over my brother's death: Paswan

    Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan Wednesday said there should be no politics over the decision to adjourn the Lok Sabha till 2 pm following his brother and MP Ram Chandra Paswan's death on Sunday.

    "The decision to adjourn Lok Sabha till 2 pm shows Parliament's feelings for my family at the death of my beloved brother Ramchandra Paswan," the minister tweeted.

    "Parliament has started a new convention so that it can resume its normal duties after 2 pm," he said. "Ramchandra Paswan has been a voice and a leader for Dalits and the weak. No politics should be done over this."

    His comments came after the Opposition protested Speaker Om Birla decision to adjourn the House till 2 pm. Traditionally, proceedings are adjourned for the day if a sitting member passes away when the House is in session.

    (PTI)

    16:16 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    National Medical Commission Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

    The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill which seeks to replace the 63-year-old Medical Council of India (MCI) to reform the medical sector in India, was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday.

    The Bill, introduced by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, also seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, stating that the Council set up under it was corrupt. It has been alleged that the process by which the MCI regulated medical colleges was flawed.

    (PTI)

    15:55 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha congratulates ISRO for Chandrayaan-2

    Rajya Sabha members Monday congratulated the scientists at ISRO for the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission. Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu informed the House that the Chandrayaan-2 has been successfully launched and the House unanimously applauded the feat.

    14:55 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    Opposition's no to extending Parliament session: Sources

    The opposition parties told the government on Monday that it was against extending the ongoing session of Parliament, sources said. During a business advisory committee meeting chaired by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, the government conveyed to the opposition parties that it was considering to extend the ongoing parliament session, the sources said.

    The government said that there are about 10 bills which are pending and other legislative business which they would like to complete during the ongoing session, the sources added.

    Leaders of various opposition parties then categorically told the union ministers present in the meeting that they were against extension of the session.

    (PTI)

    14:54 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    Owaisi on Pragya Thakur's 'not elected to clean toilets' remark: MP believes in the caste and class discrimination

    Asaduddin Owaisi on BJP MP Pragya Thakur's remark 'not elected to clean toilets': Not at all surprised, neither I'm shocked by this obnoxious statement; she says this because that is her thought process. The MP believes in the caste and class discrimination happening in India. She also clearly tells that the kind of work the caste has defined, that should continue. It is very unfortunate. Also, she has openly opposed the PM's program. 

    14:40 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 PM

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 PM after continued uproar by opposition members.

    11:25 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 PM

    Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2 PM as a mark of respect for member Ramchandra Paswan, who passed away on Sunday.

    11:24 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha to resume at 12 PM

    Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned till 12 PM  after uproar by Congress over the issue of the crisis in Karnataka.

    11:15 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    In the Rajya Sabha today

    In the Rajya Sabha today, Home Minister Amit Shah will move The Protection of Human Rights
    (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to be passed.

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also move The Appropriation (No.2) Bill 2019 to be passed.

    10:59 (IST)22 Jul 2019
    Bills to be taken up for consideration today

    Hi, welcome to our LIVE blog:  Following bills will be taken into consideration in the Parliament today: 

    The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019.
    The Right to Information (Amendment)Bill, 2019. 
    The National Medical Commission Bill, 2019.   
    The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019.                                                                                                                                                                    

    National Medical Commission bill, NMC bill, Lok Sabha, Parliament, National Medical Commission, NMC Both the houses will commence at 11 am today. (File)

    On Friday, The Protection of Human Right Act, 1993, was passed by the Lok Sabha. The Bill was presented by Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai assured that the National Human Rights Commission and state human rights commission will be made more representative and powerful.

    The Transgender Persons Bill was also introduced the house by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot for consideration.

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