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Parliament Winter Session HIGHLIGHTS: RS passes bill to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi

Parliament Winter Session 2019 Today HIGHLIGHTS: The Winter Session of Parliament that started on November 18 and will conclude on December 13. Follow this space to track the latest on proceedings in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 4, 2019 10:18:50 pm
sadhvi pragya, Parliamentary Consultative Committee, sadhvi pragya Parliamentary Consultative Committee, parliamentary committees The Winter Session of Parliament that started on November 18 and will conclude on December 13. Follow this space to track the latest on proceedings in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Parliament Winter Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS:  The Union Cabinet Wednesday cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that proposes to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Prakash Javadekar will brief the media today about the decisions taken in the Cabinet meeting held today morning.

The Citizenship Bill is likely to be introduced in Parliament next week. The Bill that could not be cleared in the previous Lok Sabha session has been re-drafted to address concerns expressed by states in the North-East. BJP has also issued the whip to its MP to ensure their presence in Parliament when the Bill is taken up next week.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Bill, 2019 will be taken up in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The bill will help grant ownership rights to 100 residents who have properties in unauthorized colonies in Delhi. While the Delhi BJP has called the Bill historic, AAP’s Raghav Chadha called it an “eyewash” and a “lollipop” ahead of the Assembly elections.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will table The International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 and The Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha

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Parliament Winter Session 2019: The International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 and The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 will be taken up in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively. Follow LIVE UPDATES


    17:45 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Bill on unauthorised colonies in Delhi tabled in Rajya Sabha

    A bill to grant ownership rights to residents living in Delhi's 1,731 unauthorised colonies was tabled in Rajya Sabha today. The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 was introduced by minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri, who told the House that about 40-50 lakh people live in unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

    The bill was passed in Lok Sabha on November 28.

    Puri said the ownership rights will be given to residents of the identified colonies based on five documents, adding that maps of the all the 1,731 colonies will be uploaded on the website of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) "within days".

    16:25 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    14,500 NGOs banned by govt from receiving foreign funds: Mos informs RS

    Around 14,500 NGOs, registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), were banned in the last five years from receiving funds from abroad, Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai informed Rajya Sabha Wednesday.

    "Registration certificates of approximately 14,500 associations have been cancelled during the last five years," he said in a written reply.

    Rai said so far this year, the ministry has cancelled FCRA registration of 1,808 NGOs recently for non-submission of mandatory annual returns for 2017-18.

    The FCRA and rules made there-under provide that all FCRA NGOs and associations have to file annual returns on time. The non-compliant NGOs are issued notices and reminders through the online mechanism.

    16:06 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    'Salary, social obligations take away big funds of railways'

    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday Railways have been spending an additional Rs 22,000 crore on salaries and pensions of its employees following implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, which has hit its financial health.

    "After the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations, there has been an over expenditure of Rs 22,000 crore for salaries and pension of railway employees. This has contributed to the overall operating loss," he said during Question Hour.

    15:31 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Cabinet nods to amendments to senior citizens law, to be introduced in Parliament

    The Union Cabinet Wednesday gave assent to a bill to amend a law that governs the welfare of senior citizens. The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides basic needs, safety and security to senior citizens. It proposes registration and maintenance of minimum standards of senior citizens' care homes, besides registration of homecare service agencies.

    Union minister Prakash Javedkar said the bill was cleared by the Cabinet and will be introduced in the Parliament.

    -PTI inputs

    15:15 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Over 1,000 illegal migrants held at India-Bangladesh border: MHA

    In a written reply submitted in the Rajya Sabha, the Ministry of Home Affairs said around 1,154 illegal migrants have been arrested by security forces at India-Bangladesh border till October 31.

    14:23 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Chidambaram’s 106-day incarceration was vengeful & vindictive: Rahul Gandhi

    Hours after P Chidambaram's bail, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed confidence that the former finance minister will be able to prove his innocence in a fair trial. "Mr P Chidambaram’s 106 day incarceration was vengeful & vindictive. I'm glad that the SC has granted him bail. I'm confident that he will be able to prove his innocence in a fair trial," he tweeted. 

    14:18 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Committee to suggest necessary amendments in IPC, CrPC to curb mob lynching: Shah

    Amid demand by members for a separate law to curb mob lynching, Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said in Rajya Sabha that the government has set up a committee to suggest necessary amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to deal with it.

    14:15 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Rahul Gandhi requests assistance for railway line in Wayanad

    In Lok Sabha, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged Centre to support the state government in a railway line for Wayanad. Kanimozhi (DMK) brought up financial assistance to pregnant women under the Maternity Benefits Scheme. She says this was reduced to Rs 5,000 per woman and restricted to only the first living child.

    13:49 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    MPs from across party lines looking into regulation of pornography on internet for children

    A group of Rajya Sabha MPs is looking into the issue of regulating access of children to pornography on the Internet and it has decided to hold deliberations with law enforcement agencies, TRAI and social media giants such as WhatsApp and Facebook, sources said. The informal group includes 14 MPs from 10 parties and it was formed by the Upper House Chairman Venkaiah Naidu. On November 28, Naidu had asked Congress MP Jairam Ramesh to form a committee comprising lawmakers from across party lines to suggest concrete steps to curb pornography on social media and other Internet platforms which is adversely affecting children.

    13:35 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Out on bail, Chidambaram to attend Parliament proceedings tomorrow, says son Karti

    P Chidambaram, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the INX Media case, will attend Parliament proceedings tomorrow. "I am very happy that he is going to be back home, I am relieved. He will also be attending Parliament session tomorrow," Karti Chidambaram told ANI. 

    13:30 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Over 33,000 appeals, complaints pending in CIC: Govt

    Over 33,000 complaints and appeals are pending with the Central Information Commission, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. "As far as Central Information Commission is concerned, 33,487 number of second appeals/complaints are pending as on November 28, 2019," Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply. He said government has started a web portal whereby Right to Information (RTI) applications can be filed online by Indian citizens, including those who are living abroad. An Indian citizen can file RTI application online through RTI online web-portal, having url, the minister said.

    13:25 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    'Citizenship Amendment Bill against the basic idea of India': Shashi Tharoor

    Calling the Citizenship Amendment Bill "fundamentally unconstitutional," Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, "The basic idea of India is violated in this Bill. Those who believe that religion should determine a nation, that was the idea of Pakistan. Mahatma Gandhi, Nehruji, Maulana Azad, Dr. Ambedkar said that religion cannot determine nationhood and ours is a country for everybody. Everybody irrespective of religion has equal rights in our country. Today, this Bill violates that fundamental principle"

    13:09 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha adjourned briefly

    Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha adjourned. Lok Sabha to resume at 2 pm, while Rajya Sabha will reconvene at 3 pm. 

    12:34 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    India, China have ‘perceptional differences’ in the borders: Rajnath Singh

    Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue of Chinese intrusion in Indian borders. "Pakistan shelters terrorists and China shelters Pakistan. China has started sending ships to Andaman & Nicobar. We keep aggression in our voice when it comes to Pakistan, then why are we balanced soft towards China?"

    Responding to him, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, "I would like to assure the House that our forces are vigilant and protecting our borders. Our forces are fully capable of facing any challenge, nobody should have a doubt about it. There is no mutually agreed Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India & China. Due to different perceptions of the LAC, sometimes incidents of incursion occur, I accept it. Sometimes the Chinese Army enters here & sometimes our people go over there."

    11:57 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Rajnath Singh defends Citizenship Bill

    In a meeting with the BJP MPs, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tried to reject criticism of the Citizenship Bill, telling the MPs that the BJP always works to unite the nation. Rejecting the criticism that the Bill goes against the principles of secularism, Singh said the countries — Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan — are predominantly Islamic nations and India wants to offer citizenship to those who face religious persecution there.

    11:41 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Will make PSUs onsumer-friendly and competitive: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    In Lok Sabha, members ask about the plight of BSNL and MTNL. Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterates that the public sector telecom operator will be revived and all steps are being considered.Prasad said that Public sector undertakings like BSNL and MTNL did not get 4G earlier, but now the government is providing a separate scheme for optic fiber. "We will soon make these PSUs professional, consumer-friendly and competitive," said Prasad.

    11:19 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    National Capital Territory of Delhi Bill, 2019 to be taken up in Rajya Sabha today

    A Bill that will help grant ownership rights to those who have properties in unauthorised colonies in Delhi will be introdcued in Rajya Sabha today. The Bill will recognise ownership rights on the basis of power of attorney, agreement of sale, will, possession letter or any other document, conveyance deed or authorisation slip. Rights will be granted after payment of registration charges.

    The DDA will distribute 100 conveyance deeds by the year-end. The deed, an essential document required for purchase of property and is a binding contract in a court of law, will pave the way for people to register their properties with the Delhi government.

    10:54 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    AAP gives Suspension notice in Rajya Sabha over onion price rise

    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh has given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'rising price of onions.'

    10:43 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    TMC MP gives Adjournment Notice in Rajya Sabha over Cyclone Bulbul

    TMC MP Shanta Chhetri has given zero hour notice in Rajya Sabha over need to release central funds for West Bengal due to devastation caused by Cyclone Bulbul. Nationalist Congress Party MP Vandana Chavan gives zero hour notice in Rajya Sabha over concern on rising sea levels

    10:37 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Bill redrafted to address concerns of North-East

    With the Citizenship Bill facing opposition in the North-East, BJP chief and Home Minister Amit Shah met a delegation from the region last Saturday. At the meeting, he agreed to make changes to the Bill in its current form. He assured civil society groups and political representatives that ethno-cultural concerns of all stakeholders in the North-East would be addressed, and that the Bill would provide protection to such regions and states where the Inner Line Permit (ILP) is applicable, and autonomous administration has been granted under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

    10:26 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Congress leader gives Adjournment Notice in LS over Chinese ship in in Andaman waters

    Congress leader Kodikunnil Suresh has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the issue of 'Chinese intrusion reported in Andaman & Nicobar Islands'.

    Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Tuesday had confirmed that a Chinese vessel was forced to retreat after it entered India’s Exclusive Economic Zone near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in September. The vessel was apparently conducting “research” near Port Blair and had not taken permission or informed the Indian authorities. The issue has been taken up with the relevant authorities.

    10:21 (IST)04 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Bill likely to come up in Parliament next week

    The Centre expects the Citizenship Bill to be passed before December 10. The Bill proposes to Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Stressing on the importance of passing the Bill, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asked MPs to ensure they are present in the House when the Home Minister takes it up in Parliament.

    10:18 (IST)04 Dec 2019

    Welcome to The Indian Express' live blog on Parliament. Follow this space to track the latest on proceedings in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

    union home minister amit shah, government spg cover gandhi family, rahul sonia priyanka gandhi spg cover withdrawal, rajya sabha debate spg bill, Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi (File)

    On Tuesday, Rajya Sabha passed the SPG (Amendment) Bill amid a walkout by Congress members. The Bill limits SPG protection only to the Prime Minister and his family and to a former PM and his family for five years. Replying to the concerns raised by members, Home Minister Amit Shah denied that the Bill had any relation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi, and described as “chance” the alleged security breach at Priyanka’s residence.

    The BJP also mounted a fresh attack on Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for his description of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah as “infiltrators”, as well as his remarks referring to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as “Nirbala” (weak).

    While BJP MP Poonam Mahajan raised Chowdhury’s remark on Sitharaman, saying it is he and not Sitharaman who is “weak”, Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal wanted Chowdhury to seek an apology for the remark against Modi and Shah.

    Congress also protested in the Lok Sabha, raising the alleged security breach at party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s residence here and terming it a “matter of serious concern”.

    The party also criticised the government for its inability to control the soaring prices of onion in the country. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury questioned PM Narendra Modi on his promise of “na khaunga, na khane dunga (Neither will I indulge in corruption, nor will I allow others to do so).’

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