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Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Rajya Sabha returns appropriation bills for J&K, Puducherry

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice Tuesday after the Opposition benches protested against the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 23, 2021 10:40:31 pm
BJP MP Mahesh Poddar gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over demand to set up headquarters of Steel Research & Technology Mission of India (SRTMI) in Ranchi, Jharkhand. (File Photo)

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Rajya Sabha on Tuesday returned appropriation bills for Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry for the financial year 2021-22. These bills have already been passed by the Lok Sabha.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice Tuesday after the Opposition benches protested against the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to give more power to Delhi Lieutenant Governor. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party has sought the support of all opposition parties requesting them to oppose the bill in Rajya Sabha.

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, by a voice vote. The Centre said the Bill was brought to end ambiguity in running the affairs of the national capital, and appealed to everyone not to term it a “political move”.

Meanwhile, amidst outcry over high taxes on motor fuel, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she would be “glad” to discuss the suggestion of bringing petrol and diesel under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax at the next meeting of the GST Council.

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Lok Sabha passes National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill and Insurance (Amendment) Bill; Bill to club seven castes in poll-bound Tamil Nadu under one nomenclature passed in Rajya Sabha; Here are the HIGHLIGHTS of the day.

21:22 (IST)23 Mar 2021
RS returns appropriation bills for J-K, Puducherry

Rajya Sabha on Tuesday returned appropriation bills for the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry for the financial year 2021-22. 

The bills authorise payment and appropriation of certain sums from and out of the consolidated fund of the two union territories for the services of the financial year 2021-22 in their respective jurisdictions. 

The Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill, 2021, the Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2021, the Puducherry Appropriation Bill, 2021, and the Puducherry Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2021, were considered and returned by the Upper House of Parliament.

These bills have already been passed by Lok Sabha. (PTI)

21:22 (IST)23 Mar 2021
4.85 crore people administered COVID-19 vaccines so far: Govt in Rajya Sabha

As many as 4.85 crore people have received anti-COVID-19 vaccine till now, with over 32.5 lakh taking it in the last 24 hours, the government told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the pace of inoculation in the country is not slow and 40 per cent of the total vaccines administered across the world in a single day are in India.

"I have to say that it is not correct that the speed of vaccination is slow. Till today morning, 4.85 crore people have taken vaccines in the country, and in the last 24 hours, as many as 32,53,095 people have taken vaccines," he said when asked about the vaccination drive being slow.

"Of the total vaccines administered in a single day, 40 per cent of it is administered in India," Vardhan told the House.

The minister in a written reply said that the government of India is coordinating with state governments at all levels and the highest example is the prime minister's continuous dialogue with chief ministers on COVID-19 and how the vaccination drive can be sped up.

The Centre is providing vaccines to all states, he said. "The government of India is in touch with state governments. We have a national expert group on vaccine administration which guides us on vaccination," Vardhan said. (PTI)

19:00 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Govt raises PF threshold limit to Rs 5 lakh for earning tax-free interest

The government on Tuesday raised the deposit threshold limit to Rs 5 lakh per annum in provident fund for which interest would continue to be tax exempt.

This would be applicable to those cases where no contribution is made employers to the retirement fund.

In her Budget presented to Parliament on February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had provided that interest on employee contributions to provident fund over Rs 2.5 lakh per annum would be taxed from April 1, 2021.

Replying to the debate on the Finance Bill 2021 in the Lok Sabha, Sitharaman made the announcement regarding raising the limit to Rs 5 lakh in cases where employers do not make contributions to the provident fund.

The minister also stressed that tax on interest on provident fund contribution affects only 1 per cent of the contributors, and the remaining are not impacted as their contribution is less than Rs 2.5 lakh per annum. (PTI)

18:18 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Bengal comes on board PM-KISAN just before code of conduct came into force: Agri minister

The West Bengal government showed interest to implement the central scheme Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN) just before the code of conduct for assembly election came into force, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday said in Parliament.

Tomar, in his written reply to the Lok Sabha, said the PM-KISAN Scheme is being implemented successfully all across the country since December 1, 2018.

"Implementation has not started in West Bengal as the State refused to provide verified data of farmers. Just before the code of conduct for election came into force, Government of West Bengal decided to come on board, but the process to be completed at the level of the state was not fully complied with," he said. (PTI)

17:54 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned twice after protests over bill on Delhi L-G powers

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice Tuesday after the Opposition benches protested against the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to give more power to Delhi Lieutenant Governor.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party has sought the support of all opposition parties requesting them to oppose the bill in Rajya Sabha.

17:27 (IST)23 Mar 2021
'Taxing the poor': Opposition raises fuel price hike issue in Lok Sabha

The Opposition took on the government over provisions in the Union Budget and rising fuel prices in the country during discussions on the Finance Bill, 2021 in Lok Sabha Tuesday. While Congress raised the issue of rising economic inequality in the country and fuel prices, Shiv Sena said farmers’ income would never double if fuel prices kept increasing.

“The inequality is increasing. Your own data shows that 73% of wealth generated in the country goes to 1% people. You have given tax relief to the rich but taxed the poor. Why are petrol and diesel getting more expensive every day? You have been increasing cess on everything which goes to central coffers. It doesn’t help states. GST compensation has also not been given. Please do not do this, states are suffering,” Congress MP from Punjab Amar Singh said.

Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut also raised the issue of fuel prices. “On one hand you talk about doubling income of farmers, on the other you increase diesel and petrol prices in the name of agricultural cess. You are crippling the farmer as the transportation cost of his produce is increasing. Farmers are protesting in Delhi but after taking a few initial steps, you are not talking to them and resolving the issue,” Raut said. Read more

17:12 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Time to frame CAA rules extended by Parliament

The government has been granted time till April 9 by Lok Sabha and July 9 by Rajya Sabha to frame rules under the citizenship law.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) was notified on December 12, 2019 and came into force from January 10, 2020.

The Committees on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have granted time up to April 9 and July 9 respectively to frame these rules, he said in a written reply.

Rai said the foreigners covered under this CAA may submit applications for grant of Indian citizenship after appropriate rules are notified by the central government.

Rules are mandatory for the implementation of any new or amended law and normally framed within six months of its enactment. (PTI)

15:55 (IST)23 Mar 2021
GST collections top Rs 1 lakh cr for five straight months since Oct 2020: MoS Finance

Increased economic activities have resulted in higher GST collection which stood above Rs 1 lakh crore for five months in a row since October 2020, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur said in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Thakur, during Question Hour, said this could be possible on the back of the measures taken by the government to boost economic activities over the last year to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

"GST collection has increased. If you see e-way bill data, numbers... activities have increased," the minister said.

"GST collection has witnessed above Rs 1 lakh crore for a stretch of five months since October 2020... The GST collection during the period has been higher than the collection in the same period last year," he said.

On the economy, Thakur said V-shaped recovery is being seen as the third quarter GDP numbers are positive and trade is getting better. (PTI)

15:10 (IST)23 Mar 2021
AP, Telangana should settle outstanding bilateral issues 'amicably': Union minister in Lok Sabha

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai on Tuesday said in Lok Sabha that Telangana and Andhra Pradesh should settle their outstanding bilateral issues "amicably".

During the Question Hour, Rai said a large number of provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act of 2014 have been implemented and the remaining are at various stages of implementation.

Through the legislation, the state of Andhra Pradesh was divided into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

"...there are some outstanding bilateral issues between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which should be settled by both states amicably," he said.

Rai was replying to a query of TDP member K Ram Mohan Naidu on the implementation of assurances made to the state of Andhra Pradesh under the legislation.

The minister said the Union Finance Ministry provided a special package to Andhra Pradesh which suffered due to the carving out of Telangana. (PTI)

15:08 (IST)23 Mar 2021
15.5 lakh cyber security incidents in 2019, 2020: Govt tells Lok Sabha

Over 15.5 lakh cyber security incidents have been reported in the last two years and 11.58 lakh of them were recorded in 2020 alone, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) is serving as the national agency for responding to cyber security incidents in accordance with the provisions of Section 70B of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

According to the information reported to and tracked by the CERT-In, 3,94,499 and 11,58,208 cyber security incidents were observed during 2019 and 2020, respectively, he said in a written reply to a question.

Reddy said the CERT-In receives inputs from its situational awareness systems and threat intelligence sources about malware infections in networks of entities across sectors. (PTI)

14:18 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Congress on NCT(Amendment) Bill, 2021

The Congress party on Tuesday issued a whip to its MPs in Rajya Sabha and asked them to support the party's stance on Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (AMENDMENT) Bill, 2021 to be presented in the House today.

14:15 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Anurag Thakur moves J&K Appropriation Bill 2021, Puducherry Appropriation Bill 2021 in RS

Union Minister Anurag Thakur moved the Jammy and Kashmir Appropriation Bill, 2021  and Puducherry Appropriation Bill, 2021 up for general discussion in the Upper House on Tuesday.

13:11 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Rajya Sabha to discuss Budgets for J&K and Puducherry today

The Upper House on Tuesday will discuss Budgets of the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry for the year 2021-22.

13:05 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Anemia prevalent health issue in India: Dr Harsh Vardhan in RS

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that Anemia as a health issue is prevalent in India, especially amongst pregnant women. Responding to the issue raised by a Karnataka MP, Vardhan said that under the National Health Mission every state, including Karnataka, has been given financial assistance to deal with Anemia.

13:01 (IST)23 Mar 2021
State police is primarily responsible for investigation, prosecution of crimes: MHA in LS

The Ministry of Home Affairs in Lok Sabha on Tuesday said that the state police has the primary responsibility of prevention, detection, registration, investigation and prosecution of crimes. "Police” and “Public Order” are State subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India, it added. 

12:32 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Chaos in Rajya Sabha over Anil Deshmukh corruption charges

Rajya Sabha  on Monday saw sloganeering demanding the resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh after corruption allegations surfaced against him. Members of BJP stood up in protest, inviting reactions from Shiv Sena and NCP MPs.

12:23 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Change name of Bombay HC to Mumbai HC: Rajeev Satav in RS

Congress MP Rajeev Satav raised the demand to change the name of ‘Bombay’ High Court to ‘Mumbai’ High court.

12:18 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Andhra Pradesh demands a special status: YSRCP MP Mithun Reddy in LS

YSRCP MP PV Mithun Reddy in Lok Sabha reiterated the demand of Andhra Pradesh to get a special status, which was promised by the NDA in 2014. Reddy said that under the AP Reorganization act of 2014, a special status was promised and till now most of the promises of the act have not been implemented. 

11:33 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Manual scavenging an embarrassment for India: Jaya Bachchan in RS

SP MP Jaya Bachchan in Rajya Sabha on Monday said that the continued practise of manual scavenging is an embarrassment for the country. "Why we have not done away with manual scavenging yet, Bachan said highlighting the discrimination they face. Bachan also said that doing away with manual scavenging should become a part of Swach Bharat Abhiyan.

11:17 (IST)23 Mar 2021
Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha in session

The Upper and Lower houses of the parliament convened at 11 am on Tuesday. 

Lok Sabha, The National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development Bill, 2021 and The Finance Bill, 2021 will be discussed.

In Rajya Sabha, The Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2021 will be considered.

MP writes to Speaker, says Sena member threatened her; he denies Navneet Rana (Left), Navneet Rana, Independent MP from Amravati; Arvind Sawant, Shiv Sena MP from South Mumbai.

MP writes to Speaker, says Sena member threatened her; he denies

NAVNEET RANA, an Independent MP from Amravati, on Monday wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, alleging that Shiv Sena MP from South Mumbai Arvind Sawant threatened her in the Lok Sabha lobby after she mentioned about suspended police officer Sachin Waze, arrested in the alleged murder of Mansukh Hiran, and raised the issue of corruption charges levelled against Home Minister Anil Deshmukh by IPS officer Param Bir Singh. Sawant, however, called her allegations “baseless”.

Lok Sabha passes Insurance Bill, FDI hiked to 74%

Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to raise the limit of Foreign Direct Investment in the insurance sector from the existing 49 per cent to 74 per cent.The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on March 17. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the Centre has come up with this Bill only after “due consultations”.

Rajya Sabha nod to Bill to modify Tamil Nadu SC list

A Bill to modify the list of Scheduled Castes in Tamil Nadu by grouping seven castes which presently exist as separate was passed by Rajya Sabha Monday after clearing Lok Sabha Friday.

Moving The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot said seven sub-castes would be encompassed under Devendrakula Vellalar with the exclusion of the Kadian community in certain listed districts. He said this has nothing to do with the elections.

 

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