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Parliament Winter Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Lok Sabha passes Bill for extending SC-ST quota in legislatures

Parliament Winter Session 2019 Highlights: The Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs till January 25, 2030.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 10, 2019 10:44:53 pm
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Parliament Winter Session 2019 Highlights: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed The Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, 2019 that is aimed at extending SC-ST quota in legislatures. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Monday. It amends provisions related to reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs by another 10 years till January 25, 2030.

In another development, the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be again introduced in Rajya Sabha at 2 PM Wednesday. The Lok Sabha Monday passed the Bill with 311 votes in favour and 80 against. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who tabled the Bill earlier in the day, said it was not in violation of constitutional provisions and would provide relief to people living a painful life after facing persecution in neighbouring countries. The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there.

In Rajya Sabha today, Shah also said a decision on releasing detained political leaders, including three former chief ministers, in Jammu and Kashmir will be taken by the local administration and the central government will not interfere in the matter. The minister’s statement came after Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked the government when political leaders, including sitting member and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, would be released.

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    21:36 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Cong accepted two-nation theory for personal interest of one person: Goyal

    Union minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday alleged that the Congress accepted the two-nation theory to divide India on religious lines for the personal interest of one person who was not willing to give up the post of prime minister, an apparent reference to Jawaharlal Nehru. PTI

    21:02 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    52,720 Integrated GST refund claims pending for more than one year: Thakur

    As many as 52,720 Integrated GST (IGST) refund claims are pending for more than one year, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur informed Parliament on Tuesday, reports PTI. The reasons for this pendency include non-submission of required documents by the applicants, he said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. A number of companies applied for Goods & Services Tax (GST) refund since the introduction of the tax regime, he said, adding a total of 1,86,158 entities have filed 36,42,272 refund applications, out of which 34,46,010 refund applications have been finalised as on December 2.

    In reply to another question, Thakur said the net direct collection for the period from April till November, 2019 stood at Rs 5,56,490 crore whereas for the corresponding period of previous fiscal it was at Rs 5,47,711 crore, which indicates growth in collection. As per the Budget Estimate, direct tax collection for the current fiscal was pegged at Rs 13,35,000 crore.

    20:25 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    'Overjoyed on the unanimous passage of The Constitution (Amendment) Bill': PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that he was "overjoyed on the unanimous passage of The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 that extends SC/ST reservations for ten more years. We are unwaveringly committed towards the empowerment of our citizens, especially the marginalised." The PM's tweet came after the Lok Sabha today passed Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill to extend reservation to SCs and STs in the Lower House and state assemblies by another 10 years.

    20:10 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Will write to CMs to ensure probe in cases of crime against women, children over in 2 months: Prasad

    Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday told Lok Sabha that he would write to chief ministers urging them to ensure that investigations into cases of crime against women and children are completed in two months, reports PTI. He also said that he would be writing to chief justices of the 25 high courts that fast track courts complete trial within six months. Timeline on investigation and trial are part of a law passed by Parliament in 2018.

    Prasad made these remarks while replying to the debate on a bill to extend by 10 years reservation to SCs and STs in Lok Sabha and state assemblies. During the course of debate, some members had expressed concern over crime against women from SC and ST communities. The law minister said atrocities and crime against women are condemnable.

    19:36 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 to be introduced at 2 pm in Rajya Sabha tomorrow

    The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 will be introduced in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, reports PTI. Despite a boost in opposition numbers in Rajya Sabha against the contentious Bill, the BJP is confident that the proposed legislation will be passed by the House with a comfortable majority on Wednesday when it is scheduled to be taken up for discussion. 

    18:49 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Lok Sabha passes The Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, 2019

    The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on December 9, 2019. The Bill amends provisions related to reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).

    The Constitution provides for reservation of seats for SCs and STs and representation of the Anglo-Indian community by nomination, in Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of states. This has been provided for a period of 70 years since the enactment of the Constitution and will expire on January 25, 2020. The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs by another 10 years till January 25, 2030. 

    18:39 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha passes Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019

    The Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed in Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile, voting is underway in Lok Sabha on the 126th Constitutional Amendment Bill. 

    18:29 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha: Voting underway on Arms Amendment Bill

    Voice vote is underway in the upper house on The Arms Amendment Bill. The Bill enjoyed a smooth passage in the Lok Sabha yesterday.

    18:14 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Roopa Ganguly counters Vekaiah Naidu's views on arms use by women

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu says in the House: “in my opinion women don’t need arms, others will protect you”. BJP MP Roopa Ganguly responds: “I’ve been shooting since childhood, I like it.” She was speaking on the Arms Amendment Bill in the upper house.

    17:55 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Lok Sabha discusses The Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill 2019

    Discussion on The Constitution Amendment Bill is underway in Lok Sabha. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is currently speaking in the House.

    17:43 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Himachal CM welcomes passage of Citizen Amendment Bill in LS

    Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday welcomed the passage of the Citizen Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha, reports PTI. "Rising above the differences, the Modi government takes all sections along with it. The latest example of this is the Citizen Amendment Bill 2019. Devbhoomi Himachal congratulates the Centre and all the honourable members of Parliament," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

    In another tweet, Thakur said, "Union Home Minister Amit Shah has brought forth several facts that had disappeared in the pages of history in his impressive address in the Lok Sabha. His speech will add a new dimension to the history of the country."

    17:29 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    TMC protests against WB governor in RS, raises issue in LS

    Trinamool Congress members on Tuesday shouted slogans against the West Bengal Governor and walked out of Rajya Sabha after the party was not allowed to raise an issue, drawing the ire of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu who said Parliament's image was "going down" due to such conduct. The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal has been accusing Governor Jagdeep Dhankar of delaying clearance to the bill concerning the formation of SC and ST Commission in West Bengal and other legislations.

    The issue was also raised by TMC MP Saugata Roy in Lok Sabha during the debate on the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 related to extending the quota for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in legislatures for 10 years. PTI

    16:45 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Discussion on Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha

    A discussion on The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in underway in Lok Sabha. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on December 9, 2019. The Bill amends provisions related to reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).

    The Constitution provides for reservation of seats for SCs and STs and representation of the Anglo-Indian community by nomination, in Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies of states. This has been provided for a period of 70 years since the enactment of the Constitution and will expire on January 25, 2020. The Bill seeks to extend the reservation for SCs and STs by another 10 years till January 25, 2030. (Source: PRS)

    16:40 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    'Hang our head in shame': Kanomozhi on status of Dalit women in the country

    In an impassioned speech, DMK MP Kanimozhi in Lok Sabha asked Members to look at the status of Dalit women in the country. “Hang our head in shame,” she said while adding, “women are whichever caste they come from, are Dalits in this country.” Speaking on 126th Constitutional amendment bill in Lok Sabha, Kanimozhi warned BJP: “Just because you have majority you cannot hurt the minority”

    16:25 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Illegal arms sold like vegetables in UP: Cong leaders Husain Dalwai

    Hussain Dalwai, INC, Maharashtra, while speaking on the Arms Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha said that illegal arms are sold like vegetables in Uttar Pradesh. He referred to unlicenced arms as 'Katta', saying that these weapons are manufactured in UP and then circulated as far as Maharashtra. He said that these illegal arms have given rise to crime while referring instances of gun violence in UP and other parts of the country.

    16:20 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    MoS Home G Kishan Reddy moves Arms Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

    Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy has moved Arms Amendment Bill in the upper house of the Parliament. The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha Monday which seeks to enhance punishment for illegally possessing and making prohibited arms, besides other changes in the six-decade-old Arms Act.

    15:56 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Pak Hindu migrants in Jodhpur celebrate passage of citizenship bill in Lok Sabha

    The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha brought cheers to the Hindu migrants from Pakistan who are living in the city and they are now looking forward to the bill getting a nod from the Rajya Sabha, reports PTI. Premchand, who had shifted here from Pakistan in 2005 and applied for citizenship later, expressed happiness over this development.

    "The government has given a new life to us. We express our gratitude to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the BJP government for giving us a chance to live in India with dignity," he said, adding that he has applied for citizenship. Hindu Singh Sodha, the president of the Seemant Lok Sangathan, an organisation fighting for the rights of the migrants, said this amendment would make more migrants eligible for citizenship.

    15:45 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Won't support Bill till we get clarity on Sena queries: Uddhav

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said the Shiv Sena won't back the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha till there is
    clarity on the party's queries posed in the Lok Sabha. The Lok Sabha passed the Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious persecution there, a little past midnight on Monday after a heated debate that lasted over seven hours.

    The Sena supported the Bill in the Lower House. Thackeray told reporters here that a detailed discussion and debate on the Bill was necessary. PTI

    14:18 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    MoS for Home Affairs in LS: Many states/ UTs reported “Nil” data on farmer suicides

    MoS for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy in a written reply to a question asked by Rahul Gandhi on farmers' suicides said that many states/union territories reported “Nil” data on suicides by farmers/cultivators and agricultural labourers, as informed by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

    13:23 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    TMC for rollback of Mudra scheme due to rising NPAs

    Voicing concern over increasing default in loan repayment under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (Mudra), the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday demanded that the government rollback the scheme before rising NPAs stifle credit growth and bring ruin to the MSME sector. Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Upper House, TMC member Manish Gupta said, "Public sector banks have suffered hugely because of this scheme as collateral is not mandatory under the scheme. Over 2,300 cases of fraud have been detected and Mudra category loans have increased over last few years." (PTI)

    13:10 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

    The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm.

    13:03 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    States must not delete ration card holders' names for lack of Aadhaar: Paswan

    The central government has asked states and union territories to ensure that names of people are not deleted from the ration card database due to non- possession of Aadhaar, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Tuesday. The minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution told Lok Sabha that in case of Aadhaar authentication failure, certain other alternatives have been prescribed to avail benefits under the public distribution system. (PTI)

    13:00 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Bill stir: Bandh agitators clash with security forces in Assam, train services affected

    Security has been beefed up across the states of North-East as an 11-hour bandh called in protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill — which was passed by Lok Sabha yesterday — began from 5 am Tuesday. Nagaland is not participating in the bandh in view of the ongoing Hornbill Festival there. The Citizenship Bill will make it easier for certain categories of migrants to become eligible for Indian citizenship. The revised version of Bill keeps out of its purview all ILP states — Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland — and the Sixth Schedule regions in Tripura, Assam, and Meghalaya. The bandh has been called by the North-East Students’ Organisation (NESO), an umbrella body of influential students’ bodies of the region, against the “imposition” of the CAB on the Northeast.

    12:59 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Issue of non-payment of salaries to HPCL employees raised in RS

    The issue of non-payment of salaries and wages to workers and employees of Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd (HPCL), which is undergoing insolvency process, from last 35 months was raised in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) member Dola Sen demanded that the central government should take necessary action in this regard. (PTI)

    12:20 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    From 'Make in India', India is slowly heading towards 'rape in India': Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

    Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said in Lok Sabha, it is unfortunate that Prime Minister who speaks on everything is silent on this issue (crimes against women). "From 'make in India',  India is slowly heading towards 'rape in India'," he said.

    12:14 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Detained J&K leaders to be released by local admin, no Central interference: Amit Shah

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said a decision on releasing detained political leaders, including three former chief ministers, in Jammu and Kashmir will be taken by the local administration and the central government will not interfere in the matter. The minister's statement came after Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked the government when political leaders, including sitting member and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, would be released. "There is no need to keep anyone (leaders) in jail even for a day more than that is required. As and when the local administration feels the time is appropriate, they will be released. (PTI)

    12:03 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: 7 lakh people availed OPD services in Srinagar

    While replying to Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Amit Shah said, "99.5 per cent students sat for exams in Kashmir, but for Adhir Ranjan ji this is not normalcy, 7 lakh people availed OPD services in Srinagar, curfew and section 144 was removed from everywhere. But for Adhir ji the only parameter for normalcy is political activity. What about local body polls which were held? "

    11:52 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: Situation in Kashmir Valley is completely normal

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in Lok Sabha Tuesday that situation in Kashmir Valley is completely normal. 'I can't make Congress' condition normal, because they had predicted bloodshed after the abrogation of Article 370. Nothing of that sort happened, not even one bullet was fired', he added.

    11:41 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill passed in Lok Sabha: Modi to Mamata — who said what

    The Lok Sabha, Tuesday midnight, passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill with 311 – 80 voting in favour. Several political leaders spoke in favour of the bill while some spoke against it. BJP leaders and many NDA alliance partners extended their support, while opposition party leaders and some others like JD(U) national president Prashant Kishor and SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal criticised the stand of BJP-led central government to “discriminate the right of citizenship on the basis of religion”. Read more on how political leaders reacted

    11:30 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Amendment Bill likely to be introduced in RS on Wednesday

    The BJP is confident of the passage of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha which will be introduced in the upper house on Wednesday, sources said on Tuesday. The bill piloted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah was comfortably passed in the Lok Sabha on late Monday night as the ruling BJP enjoys a clear majority in the house. Sources in the party said that the legislation will also sail through the Rajya Sabha as the ruling NDA has the numbers. (PTI)

    11:25 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Explained: Why Punjab, groups in Rajasthan are upset with Arms Bill

    In Punjab, protesters include individuals who own more than one weapon. These include businessmen, former Army personnel and farmers. The Punjab government’s position is that over 50 per cent of the state’s farmers stay in remote villages and need arms to protect themselves. Villagers close to the Pakistan border are also insecure about infiltrators. Some Punjab residents still keep the guns they had acquired during the days of militancy in the 1980s and 1990s. Many residents inherited vintage weapons from their ancestors, which they do not want to part with. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said the state does not have a problem with any other provisions of the Act, but with the limit on firearm possession. He has written to the Centre urging it not to reduce the number “in view of the sensitive location and troubled history of the state”. Singh took up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visited Punjab during the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

    11:10 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Home Minister Amit Shah arrives in Parliament

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to move the Arms Amendment Bill for passage in Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

    10:56 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    TMC gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over JNU

    TMC MP Saugata Roy has given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over "brutal lathicharge on Jawaharlal Nehru University students by Delhi Police." 

    10:45 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Left parties protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill

    The Left parties protested against Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament Tuesday.

    10:35 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    ‘Academic community uncomfortable with idea of Bill’: Statement against CAB

    A public statement floated by a group of academics against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) received endorsement by scientists, academicians, students and thinkers from India and abroad. The statement, released through Google forms on December 7, saw over 1,120 verified endorsements within 48 hours. Signatories included scholars from IITs, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Harvard University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Yale University, University of Massachusetts and others. The statement read, “We understand the Bill seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The stated intent of the Bill is to provide refuge to persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries. While we support this laudable objective, we find it deeply troubling that the Bill uses religion as a legal criterion for determining Indian citizenship.”

    10:31 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Congress gives Zero Hour Notice over 'unprecedented rise in price of onions'

    Congress MP Chhaya Verma has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'unprecedented rise in price of onions in the country.'

    10:15 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Zero Hour Notice in RS over 2019 Global Hunger Index

    Biju Janata Dal MP Prasanna Acharya has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'alarming position of India in 2019 Global Hunger Index.'

    09:52 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Bill patently unconstitutional, battleground to shift to SC: Chidambaram

    Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram described the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as "patently unconstitutional" on Tuesday and said with its passage in Parliament, the battleground will shift to the Supreme Court. He claimed that the elected lawmakers were abdicating their responsibilities in favour of lawyers and judges. "CAB is unconstitutional. Parliament passes a Bill that is patently unconstitutional and the battleground shifts to the Supreme Court. Elected Parliamentarians are abdicating their responsibilities in favour of lawyers and judges!," Chidambaram said in a tweet. (PTI)

    09:48 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Arms Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha today

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah will move the Arms Amendment Bill for passage in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The Centre’s decision to further tighten the gun law has met with resistance from traditional gun-owning communities in Rajasthan and Punjab. Members of the Rajput community and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh have objected to a provision in the Centre’s proposed amendments to the 1959 Arms Act that prohibit an Indian citizen from owning more than one gun. The 1959 Arms Act allowed a licence holder to have three firearms.

    09:46 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Piyush Goyal to make a statement in RS on RCEP

    Union Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal is likely to make a statement in Rajya Sabha Tuesday, regarding 'India's position in Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).'

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    The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is expected to be taken up in the Rajya Sabha on December 11. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh led a team including Manipur civil society organisations and former CM and Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

    “The Union Home Minister assured us that an alternative arrangement would be made to protect the indigenous communities of Manipur. We had proposed one of two courses — re-establishment of the Entry and Exit Permit System which was in place will 1950, or extension of the ILP to Manipur. The Home Minister told us that if he finds it difficult to implement the Entry and Exit System, he will extend the ILP. We have complete faith that he will decide on the appropriate course to protect the people of Manipur,” Singh said.

    Under the Entry and Exit Permit System, introduced by the erstwhile Manipur Kingdom, any non-Manipuri (even if a part of India) had to register at a ‘Foreigners’ Office’, acquire a special permit and pay a fee. The system continued even after Manipur had been assimiliated into Assam, and was finally repealed by the Assam Commissioner in 1950.

    The ILP that is currently in place in Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh requires non-locals to acquire special permit for entry. The system was first introduced by the British Raj to protect its commercial interests in the region, particularly in oil and tea production. Manipur was an independent kingdom at the time.

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