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Parliament Highlights: Opposition urge Centre to send Dam Safety Bill to select committee for scrutiny

Parliament Highlights: The Dam Safety Bill, which has been on the agenda since Monday, was passed by the Lok Sabha in 2019.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 3, 2021 9:44:03 am
Parliament Live Updates: Opposition leaders stage a protest in Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

Parliament Highlights: Opposition parties, including the Congress, the TMC and the DMK, demanded from the government in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the Dam Safety Bill, 2019 be sent to a parliamentary select committee, saying it needs scrutiny as it is “unconstitutional and encroaches upon the states’ rights”.

The bill seeks to provide for surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of specified dams for the prevention of dam failure related disasters and an institutional mechanism to ensure their safe functioning, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. It was passed by the Lok Sabha in 2019.

Earlier today, several Opposition parties staged a walkout in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday over the issue of inflation as well as the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha Members.

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22:53 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Lok Sabha: Oppn members seek to know govt's stand on Covid booster dose

Members of opposition TMC and NCP on Thursday sought to know from the government its stand on booster doses for COVID-19, besides usage of money from the PM-CARES funds. Participating in a discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic in Lok Sabha, TMC member Saugata Roy accused the political leadership of 'complacency' in handling of the pandemic.

He said it is because of the 'mistakes' at the top level of the government that the country was caught 'unprepared' in both the waves of COVID-19. 'Till today, I do not know about what happened to other vaccines that have been discovered in the world -- Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson. Whether all these vaccines have come to India and whether they can be used?' he said. (PTI)

20:16 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Over 100 judges appointed in High Courts in 2021: Kiren Rijiju 

In reply to a question about the number of Judges appointed in the Supreme Court and various High Courts in 2021, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said: "In 2021, 09 Judges have been appointed in Supreme Court and 118 Judges have been appointed in various High Courts up to 29.11.2021. Government appoints only those persons as Judges of High Courts who are recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium. The total number of High Court Collegium proposals which are at various stages of consideration between the Government and the Supreme Court Collegium as on 29.11.2021 is 164. The number of proposals which have been remitted/returned by the Government to the High Courts on the advice of the Supreme Court Collegium is 55 during the current year."

20:01 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Journalists protest against restrictions on entry of media persons into Parliament 

Journalists on Thursday held a protest against certain restrictions imposed on the entry of scribes and camera people into Parliament, alleging the move is a precursor to a "complete ban" on spot coverage of parliamentary sessions by the media in the coming days.

They demanded that all restrictions imposed on journalists' entry into Parliament premises and the Press Gallery must "immediately" be lifted, and media persons be allowed to perform their professional duty. Several senior editors, journalists and camera persons working with various media organisations joined the protest. (PTI)

18:17 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Opposition urge Centre to send Dam Safety Bill to select committee for scrutiny

Opposition parties, including the Congress, the TMC and the DMK, demanded from the government in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the Dam Safety Bill, 2019 be sent to a parliamentary select committee, saying it needs scrutiny as it is “unconstitutional and encroaches upon the states’ rights”.

The bill seeks to provide for the surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of specified dams for the prevention of dam failure related disasters and an institutional mechanism to ensure their safe functioning, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. It was passed by the Lok Sabha in 2019.

16:00 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Several steps being taken to help reduce air pollution levels in country: Centre

Several steps are being taken to help reduce air pollution levels in the country and monitoring stations have been set up in 132 cities, Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday. According to PTI, while replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, he said the government has taken steps on changing BS4 norms in vehicles for fuel emissions to BS6 and is evolving schemes in various cities for setting up Metro rails.

15:20 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Parliament cannot be converted into a closed chamber: Derek O’Brien

"I would, on behalf of TMC, like to humbly appeal to the presiding officers of both Houses to rectify television coverage. All protests are censored on the TV and we demand this censorship to be stopped, Parliament cannot be converted into a closed chamber," TMC MP Derek O’Brien said during a press conference on Thursday.

14:54 (IST)02 Dec 2021
BJP-ruled states favoured in Covid-19 management: Shiv Sena in LS 

The Opposition on Thursday hit out at the Modi government over the Covid-19 management, accusing it of favouring BJP-ruled states in the allocation of vaccines and dubbed the celebrations over the 100-crore vaccination mark as premature.

Initiating the debate in the Lok Sabha on the COVID-19 pandemic, Shiv Sena leader Vinayak Raut lamented that Parliament was discussing the issue 21 months after the outbreak of the disease and at a time when cases were on the decline. Referring to the Omicron variant of the virus, Raut demanded close co-ordination among state governments and the Centre.

“There should be clarity in the Centre's directives on Omicron,” the Lok Sabha member from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg in Maharashtra said.

On vaccination, Raut accused the Centre of allocating vaccine doses to BJP-ruled states in excess and at the cost of non-BJP ruled states. “The prime minister's responsibility is for the entire 130 crore population. It should not be so that you look at Maharashtra with a sly glance, help Gujarat in good measure and make maximum allocations to Uttar Pradesh because it is going to polls. Allocations should be made on the basis of the population,” the Sena leader said. (PTI)

14:07 (IST)02 Dec 2021
'We will continue our agitation, but will also raise issues of common people,' says KC Venugopal

"We will continue with our agitation, but we will also raise the issues concerning the common people in the House": Congress Rajya Sabha MP KC Venugopal.

12:35 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Congress, NCP, RJD, TRS and IUML stage walkout from Rajya Sabha over the issue of inflation

Congress, NCP, RJD, TRS and IUML staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha over the issue of inflation on Thursday. 

12:33 (IST)02 Dec 2021
‘Has been our effort to increase flights; Omicron is setback,’ says Scindia in Lok Sabha

Addressing the Covid pandemic and concerns around the new Omicron variant in Lok Sabha, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the new variant is a “setback” as the government was working towards slowly increasing the number of flights.

"Our government has categorised 11 countries as 'at risk'," he said. 

12:07 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Rajya Sabha resumes

Rajya Sabha proceedings resumed at 12 pm, amidst continuous sloganeering by the Opposition. 

11:28 (IST)02 Dec 2021
RS adjourned till 12 PM

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12 PM amidst sloganeering by the Opposition for the reinstatement of the 12 suspended MPs. 

11:18 (IST)02 Dec 2021
'Not one word said on disdainful conduct of some members in last session,' Venkaiah Naidu on suspension of 12 RS members

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu addressed the suspension of the 12 Rajya Sabha members in Parliament today: "Some of the respected leaders and members of this august House, in their wisdom, chose to describe the suspension of 12 members as ‘undemocratic’. I have struggled to understand if there was any justification in that kind of  a narrative being propagated but could not." 

"While calling this suspension undemocratic both within and outside the House, not even a word is being said about the reasons given for the suspension, the disdainful conduct of some members during the last session, which I have categorically called as ‘acts of sacrilege’ on the last day of last session." 

11:14 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill passed in LS

Amidst sloganeering by Opposition leaders, the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. 

11:09 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Parliament proceedings begin

Parliament proceedings have begun in both Houses, amidst protests by the Opposition over the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha Members

11:07 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi joins Oppn leaders protest against suspension of 12 MPs

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday joined the Opposition leaders' protest against the suspension of 12 Opposition members of Rajya Sabha in Delhi. 

10:55 (IST)02 Dec 2021
PM Modi holds meeting to discuss strategy for the ongoing session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with top ministers on Thursday to discuss the strategy for the ongoing Winter session of Parliament. (ANI)

09:38 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Congress MP gives adjournment notice in LS to discuss floods in Tamil Nadu

Congress MP Manickam Tagore gave an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to "discuss damage followed by heavy floods and excessive rainfall in Tamil Nadu, to direct the Govt to announce compensation of Rs 4,626 cr flood relief for affected farmers and people who lost their property." (ANI)
 
 

09:30 (IST)02 Dec 2021
LS to have discussion on Covid today

Lok Sabha will have a discussion on the Covid-19 pandemic today. The discussion will be held under Rule 193. (ANI)
 

09:23 (IST)02 Dec 2021
Funds for malnutrition scheme under-utilised: data

Funds released under the Poshan Abhiyan Programme, which is aimed at curbing malnutrition in the country, stand severely under-utilised, according to data released by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry on Wednesday.

The data, tabled by WCD Minister Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha, shows that out of Rs 5,31,279.08 lakh released for Poshan Abhiyan in the country from Central funds, only Rs 2,98,555.92 lakh has been utilised.

The data show that of Rs 26,751.08 lakh released to West Bengal until March 2021, no money has been utilised so far. Similarly, of Rs 56,968.96 lakh released by the Centre to Uttar Pradesh, the state has utilised only Rs 19,219.28 lakh in the same period, according to the data. Read the full report here. 

Outside Parliament in New Delhi

After debate, Lok Sabha passes Bill to regulate assisted reproductive technology

Lok Sabha Wednesday passed by voice vote the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2021, after a detailed discussion among all parties in the House — a first during this Winter Session.

The Bill seeks to regulate and supervise assisted reproductive technology clinics and banks, prevent misuse of the technology, and promote ethical practice of the services.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who introduced the Bill, also moved several amendments based on recommendations made by a Parliamentary Standing Committee.

Bring in law to implement Uniform Civil Code: BJP MP

IN WHAT could be the next contentious issue to rock the political discourse, senior BJP MP Nishikant Dubey urged the central government to expedite the process to bring in a law to implement Uniform Civil Code while Opposition MPs demanded compensation for farmers who lost their lives during the protests against the farm laws as Lok Sabha took up Zero Hour on Wednesday.

Raising the issue, Dubey said Allahabad High Court had last month asked the Centre to consider setting up a panel to implement the mandate of Article 44 of the Constitution, which speaks about a Uniform Civil Code for people across the country.

Funds for malnutrition scheme under-utilised: data

Funds released under the Poshan Abhiyan Programme, which is aimed at curbing malnutrition in the country, stand severely under-utilised, according to data released by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry on Wednesday.

The data, tabled by WCD Minister Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha, shows that out of Rs 5,31,279.08 lakh released for Poshan Abhiyan in the country from Central funds, only Rs 2,98,555.92 lakh has been utilised.

The data show that of Rs 26,751.08 lakh released to West Bengal until March 2021, no money has been utilised so far. Similarly, of Rs 56,968.96 lakh released by the Centre to Uttar Pradesh, the state has utilised only Rs 19,219.28 lakh in the same period, according to the data.

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