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Parliament witnesses heavy legislative business

Parliament saw yet another productive day with both Houses transacting legislative business.

Putting an end to the row over BJP MP Pragya Thakur’s Godse remark in Lok Sabha, the BJP on Thursday barred her from attending its parliamentary party meeting and removed her from the consultative committee on defence.

Despite this action, the issue reverberated in Parliament with the Opposition strongly taking up the issue in Lok Sabha. Amid opposition protests, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh firmly condemned the comment.

Not satisfied with the response, the MPs belonging to the Congress, Trinamool Congress, the DMK, Left parties, the NCP and the AIMIM staged a walkout.

However, members of the BSP, the BJD, the TDP and the TRS remained seated in the House.

Talking of legislative business in Lok Sabha Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri moved the bill to grant ownership rights to residents of Delhi’s unauthorised colonies for consideration in Lok Sabha. While presenting the bill, Minister said that the bill is proposed to benfit the people who are deprived of property rights due to unauthorised colonies. He added that the process of digital mapping of 1,931 unauthorised colonies of Delhi will be completed by 31st December this year.

The bill was passed after a discussion. Finance Minister tabled the first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for the financial year 2019-20 in both the Houses of Parliament.

She sought approval to spend an additional Rs 21,246.16 crore, including over Rs 8,820 crore in the newly formed union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, in the current fiscal ending March 2020.

In Rajya Sabha Parliament the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by voice vote The bill which seeks to raise the monetary limits for chit funds got Lok Sabha’s nod on November 20.

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar gave a statement in Rajya Sabha on the Government’s efforts to promote foreign policy focusing on high level visits that have taken place recently.

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan moved a Bill to ban electronic cigarettes. The bill has already been passed by Lok Sabha.

While replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Women & Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said that 377 online websites have been already alerted and child pornography content have been taken down from these websites. IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha said that the govt. is committed to protect the digital privacy of citizens.

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