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Both houses of Parliament function smoothly 

Both Houses of Parliament transacted smooth legislative business on Thursday. The Government introduced three Bills including Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha.

In the Lower House, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Sanjay Dhotre introduced the Central Educational Institutions (Reservations in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill- 2019. 

This bill seeks to provide for the reservation of posts in appointments by direct recruitment of persons belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, educationally backward classes and economically weaker sections to teachers cadre in certain Central Educational Institutions. The bill will replace the Ordinance promulgated in this regard.

While, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Choubey introduced the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. The  bill aims at  bringing in transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country. The bill will replace the ordinance promulgated in this regard.

The Bill also provides for supersession of Medical Council of India, MCI for a period of two years with effect from 26th September, 2018. During this period, the Board of Governors will exercise the powers and functions of MCI as assigned under the IMC Act, 1956. 

Chaubey also introduced the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2019  in the Lok Sabha as well. The bill aims at making the Dental Council of India more effective by amending  the Dentists Act -1948. 

While during the zero hour, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said  that the government will look into the matter related to imposing tax on Disability pension  for military personnel. 

He was replying to Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who raised the issue during zero hour in the Lok Sabha.

The Minister said that the matter has been brought to his notice and that he will look into it. He also said that defence preparedness and the interests of the armed forces personnel are the top priorities of the NDA government.

Rajnath Singh  said,  it was the NDA government which  implemented the One Rank One Pension  which had  been pending  for the last 40 years.

In the Lok Sabha, the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2019  was passed after discussion.

The amended legislation will enable the government to extend the tenure of the Board of Governors for a further period of one year with effect from May 17, 2019.

While, on the issue of Environmental conservation, Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar said in the Rajya Sabha that India will not succumb to pressure of developed countries on the issue of climate change and it will continue to put forward its interest while addressing the issue. 

Javadekar said the developed countries contribute 70 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions, unlike India whose share is only 3 per cent. 

During the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that Government will extend deadline for comments and suggestions on draft National Education Policy 2019 by one month. 

Rajya Sabha passed the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 after discussion. Overall, productive legislative business was transacted by both Houses of Parliament on Thursday.

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