Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: The Lok Sabha Wednesday passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, popularly known as the Anti-Terrorism Bill. Introducing the bill in the lower house, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the amendments to the bill will ensure anti-terror laws are not misused. “There’s a need for a provision in the UAPA bill to designate a person suspected to have terror links as a terrorist. It is necessary to root out terror,” Shah said in the Lok Sabha. As Congress MPs staged a walkout from the lower house demanding to send the bill to the Standing Committee for reconsideration, the House Speaker Om Birla directed the House to cast their vote.
Meanwhile, the Opposition also walked out of the lower house when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh denied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had any discussion with US President over the Kashmir issue. “There was no discussion on Kashmir during the meeting between the Prime Minister and US President Trump in June. There is no question of any mediation on Kashmir issue,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha passed the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which will make stringent provisions relating to ‘aggravated penetrative sexual assault’. The bill was introduced by Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani.
Concluding the session, Lok Sabha passed the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019, which was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.