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Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Lok Sabha passes POCSO (Amendment) Bill unanimously

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: The Rajya Sabha also passed the National Medical Commission Bill 2019 which seeks to replace the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 1, 2019 9:18:29 pm
parliament, parliament live, parliament live today, parliament rajya sabha, rajya sabha, rajya sabha live, live rajya sabha, pocso act, pocso bill, i&BC code bill, uapa amendment bill, uapa amendment bill On Wednesday, the Rajya Sabha passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

The Lok Sabha Thursday passed the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019. WCD Minister Smriti Irani presented the Bill and thanked the House to unanimously support the Bill. The Bill, which has already been passed in Rajya Sabha, defines child pornography. The Lower House also passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill seeks to amend the original Bill presented in 2016 which provides a time-bound process for resolving insolvency in companies and among individuals. The House will also discuss the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The Rajya Sabha passed the National Medical Commission Bill 2019 which seeks to replace the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The Bill has already been passed in Lok Sabha. The Bill talks of a uniform NEET exam for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate super-specialty medical education. The NMC will have 25 members, all appointed by the Central government on recommendation of a search committee comprising the Cabinet Secretary and five experts nominated by the Centre.

Meanwhile, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, which was cleared by the lower house on July 24, will be tabled in Rajya Sabha by Home Minister Amit Shah. Earlier today, President Ram Nath Kovind Thursday gave assent to the triple talaq Bill, two days after the Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha.

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While Rajya Sabha passed the much-debated NMC Bill, Lok Sabha saw the passage of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and POCSO (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.

20:07 (IST)01 Aug 2019
BJP issues whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued a three-line whip for its Rajya Sabha MPs to be present in the House tomorrow. (ANI)

19:24 (IST)01 Aug 2019
POCSO Act passed in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha passes the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

19:11 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Doctors detained while marching towards Parliament against NMC bill's passage

Several doctors were detained by the Delhi Police while they were marching towards Parliament on Thursday to protest the passage of the National Medical Council Bill in the Rajya Sabha. 

The police said protesting doctors were detained and some of them were let off later. The area around Parliament saw heavy deployment of police. The roads around it were barricaded, slowing vehicular movement in the area.

(PTI)

18:59 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Smriti Irani speaks on Unnao rape case in Lok Sabha

WCD Minister Smriti Irani spoke on Unnao rape case in Lok Sabha. Replying to the suggestions on POCSO Act, Irani said that a Member of Parliament raised the Unnao rape case during discussion. Through this, the member intended to bring the BJP in a witness box but and as she spoke, the MPs sitting around her were tapping the table in consent. Irani said the Bill does not give any exemption to the BJP leaders who commit such acts and law is equally applicable to them.

18:13 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Rajya Sabha takes up UAPA Bill 2019

Rajya Sabha takes up UAPA Bill 2019. The Bill has already been passed in the Lower House. Home Minister Amit Shah is presented the Bill in Rajya Sabha.

17:59 (IST)01 Aug 2019
NMC Bill passes in Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha today passed the National Medical Commission Bill 2019 which seeks to replace the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The Bill has already been passed in Lok Sabha. 

The Bill talks of a uniform NEET exam for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate super-specialty medical education. The NMC will have 25 members, all appointed by the Central government on recommendation of a search committee comprising the Cabinet Secretary and five experts nominated by the Centre.

The Bill lists its intent as provision of medical education system which ensures adequate and high-quality medical professionals, latest medical research, periodic assessment of medical institutions, and an effective grievance redressal mechanism. Read More

17:44 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Opposition protest in Rajya Sabha

Opposition protested in Rajya Sabha over the Speaker not taking on record their opinion during the voice vote on NMC Bill. Congress leader Anand Sharma said that this is happening every day that the Speaker is not allowing to record the Opposition's viewpoints and this is not acceptable in a democratic system. 

17:03 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Voting underway for NMC Bill in Rajya Sabha

Dr Harshavardhan in Rajya Sabha: The NMC Bill will be remembered in the history as the gamechanger in Indian medical education under the Modi government.

The clause by clause voting on the Bill is underway.

16:46 (IST)01 Aug 2019
JDU MP bats for speedy trial of cases under POCSO Act

A JDU in Lok Sabha speaks over POCSO Act (Amendment) Bill. He welcomes the Bill but said more should be done about the fast-tracking the trial of such cases and that only will detest crimes against minors.

16:39 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Rajya Sabha MPs protest over English vs Hindi

Health Minister Dr Harshavardhan rises to speak in Rajya Sabha over NMC Bill. The House erupts in frenzy over the minister's chosen language of communication. Some members are objecting to him speaking in Hindi.

The minister obliges and speaking in English now.

16:33 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Congress, SP oppose NMC Bill in Rajya Sabha

The Congress and Samajwadi Party on Thursday urged the government to withdraw a provision in the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill that aims to provide license to 3.5 lakh unqualified non-medical persons to practise modern medicine, saying it will "institutionalise quackery."

Suggesting three key amendments to the bill while initiating a debate in Rajya Sabha, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh urged the government to drop a provision which he said will "legalise quackery" under Section 32 of the bill and refer it to a Select Committee because this provision was not in the original bill that was vetted by a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health.

Besides, he said the current representation of members in the NMC is against the interest of states. Currently, the bill provides for representation of 14 members each from the Centre, six members from states and five to be elected from medical background.

(PTI)

16:01 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Death penalty under POCSO Act a welcome step: Rita Bahuguna Joshi

Rita Bahuguna Joshi, BJP: The changes in the Act this time, including a death penalty in rarest of the rare cases, is welcome. Most of these incidents with minors are happening from the hands of their known ones.

She said the penalties will detest the perpetrators of crime from committing such acts. She also said that the tardy way of dealing with cases under POCSO is also an area of concern. It takes not less than 6 years to for judgment to come in these cases, she said.

15:34 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Lok Sabha discusses POCSO (Amendment) Bill, 2019

The Lok Sabha is discussing the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani is presenting the Bill in the House. 

15:27 (IST)01 Aug 2019
I&BC (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed in Lok Sabha

I&BC (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed in Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Bill has already been passed in Rajya Sabha.

As many as seven sections of the Code are to be amended. Once the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) begins, it has to be completed in 330 days, including litigation stages and judicial process, the Sitharaman said, citing proposed amendments.

15:20 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Sitharaman: I&BC Bill is for resolution of companies, not for NPAs

FM Nirmala Sitharaman on I&BC Bill: There's been quite a bit of confusion over NPA with resolution of companies. This Bill is for resolution not for bank-related NPA matters.

15:15 (IST)01 Aug 2019
If we won't raise the issue of individual companies here then where: asks Sugata Roy

Sugata Roy, TMC on I&BC (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha: "The FM has replied all the members with a lot of clarity. She has many imp issues, she has referred only six companies out of 12 listed by RBI."

On asked by the Speaker not to discuss cases pertaining to individual companies, Roy said, "If we won't raise the issue of individual companies such as JP Steel, Essar Steel and Jet Airways here then where would we do that."

14:05 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 10 min

Rajya Sabha adjourned for 10 minutes after uproar over the National Medical Commission Bill, to begin at 2:14 pm

13:40 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Pinaki Mishra brings up the death of Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha

BJD's Pinaki Mishra brings up the death of Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha in Lok Sabha, calls it "extremely unfortunate"

13:24 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Rajya Sabha Dy Speaker writes to MPs of House over MP Local Area Development Scheme funds

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh has written to all Rajya Sabha MPs regarding the utilisation of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds and has requested them to give suggestions to implement it in a better way.

13:22 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Mulayam Singh Yadav questions the proceedings of the House, says 'half members are not present'

Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav says, "Half of the House is empty. Members are not present. Still the proceedings are going on. Why? Why is this government running the proceedings of the House like this? This is the government's conspiracy."

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Meanwhile, Congress on Thursday gave adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha over the "privatisation of airports." The party also issued a whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs to be present in the House from 11 am till the adjournment of the House, from August 1 to August 7.

On the other hand, BJP's G V L Narasimha Rao has given a Zero Hour notice in the Upper House over the "establishment of a major port at Ramayapatnam, Andhra Pradesh".

On Wednesday, Congress and other opposition parties accused the government of not keeping its word on sending some Bills to the select committee for scrutiny, including the triple talaq Bill.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue after Zero Hour in the House and said that the government had approached them and asked which Bills they wanted to be sent to select committees. He said, "I am drawing the attention of the Chair…we wanted that RTI Bill to be sent to the select committee."

The issue was also raised by Congress deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma.

"Government has broken our trust. Our understanding was that the government would agree to send this Bill to the select committee. But they got it listed very late in the night. None of our MPs had abstained willfully….We do ask our MPs to be present. But if we had received the information, there would have been specific whip by parties that this particular Bill is being taken up. It was listed late in the night. This was to pre-empt a situation wherein the Opposition could bring in all its MPs,” he said.

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