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Parliament Winter Session 2021 Highlights: Bill to amend NDPS Act comes for consideration in LS; Oppn member find flaw

Parliament Highlights, Winter Session of Parliament 2021 News: Opposition parties to continue their protest against the suspension of 12 MPs.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 14, 2021 8:26:38 am
The Winter Session of Parliament entered its 11th day on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

Parliament Winter Session 2021 Highlights: A bill seeking to rectify an anomaly in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was moved for consideration and passage in Lok Sabha. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the amendments proposed only seek to correct certain “clerical error”. She said the NDPS (Amendment) Bill, 2021, has a very limited purpose and seeks to achieve “nothing more”.

Opposing the Bill, BJD member Bhartruhari Mahtab called it “illegal” and said it suffers with “incongruity” while contending that the law cannot be amended to include provisions with their “retrospective effect” in criminal cases.

Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha proceedings resumed after being adjourned till 2 pm amid a ruckus in the House over the suspension of the 12 MPs.

Union law and justice minister Kiren Rijiju is scheduled to table the Judges’ salaries and service amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha today. The Bill clarifies when Supreme Court and High Court judges are entitled to an additional quantum of pension or family pension on attaining a certain age. It also seeks to further amend the High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954, and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958.

Meanwhile, even though the Rajya Sabha was repeatedly adjourned in the first week of the proceedings owing to the opposition’s protest, it has recorded a productivity of 52.50 per cent so far, an improvement of 5.6 per cent over that of the first week, news agency ANI reported.

Also, Opposition parties, along with the 12 suspended MPs, will their protest against near the Gandhi Statue in Parliament premises.

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