Lok Sabha

RTE amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha

RTE amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha
The Lok Sabha passed The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill 2017 which allows detention of school students in class 5 and 8. The original RTE Act stipulated that no child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education. The original RTE Act came into force on April 1, 2010.

MPs can ask only 5Q per day from next session

Lok Sabha members can ask only up to 5 questions per day now from the upcoming session of the House instead of 10 allowed. The Speaker’s direction 10B as per Lok Sabha has been amended now due to the number of notices for the questions exceeding 230 per day. The speaker’s new direction would be effective from the next sessions of the House, i.e., from the 15th session of the 16th Lok Sabha.

Noted lyricist, poet Balkavi Bairagi died

Noted Hindi film lyricist, Nandram Das Bairagi, popularly known as Balkavi Bairagi is dead. Bairagi was a Lok Sabha member between 1984 and 1989 and also a former Rajya Sabha MP. He wrote several Hindi poems, among which, Jhar gaye paat, bisar gayi tehni is considered a gem by many Hindi poets. He was given the name Balkavi as he wrote some classic poems in his childhood.

Panel for time-bound release of MPLADS funds

The parliamentary panel on Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds has recommended that amounts donated by lawmakers for rehabilitation work after natural disasters should be disbursed within two weeks. The panel was headed by Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai. A Member of Parliament gets Rs. 5 crore a year to spend on local area development.

Foreign poll funding won’t be scrutinised

The Lok Sabha has passed a bill that will exempt political parties from the scrutiny of funds they have received from abroad since 1976. Through Finance Bill 2016 passed earlier, the government had amended the FCRA to make it easier for parties to accept foreign funds. The Representation of People‘s Act bars political parties from accepting foreign funds.

Finance Bill passed in Lok Sabha

With the passage of the Finance Bill and the Appropriation Bill, the budget exercise is complete in the lower house. A Finance Bill is presented in Parliament along with the Annual Financial Statement in lieu of fulfilling the requirement of Article 110 (1)(a) of the Constitution. The Finance Bill also contains other provisions related to the Budget can be classified as a Money Bill.

Sumitra Mahajan inaugurates CPA Conference

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the 6th Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) of India Region in Patna.The 2-day conference will discuss subjects of ‘Parliament’s role in the development agenda’ and ‘Legislature and Judiciary’. Over 100 delegates from India and abroad, including Australia, Britain and Uganda, will participate in the conference.

Hukum Singh passes away

BJP MP Hukum Singh passed away in Uttar Pradesh after suffering from breathing difficulties for long.He had hogged the headlines in 2016 after he released a list of Hindu families and alleged that there had been a mass exodus of Hindus from his constituency.He was an MLA in Uttar Pradesh for seven terms and a minister in the state before entering the Lok Sabha in the 2014 polls.

CPI(M) veteran Khagen Das passes away

Khagen Das, CPI(M) veteran and chairman of the Left Front Committee of Tripura, died in Kolkata on Sunday.Mr. Das, 81, died within minutes of his admission to a hospital for chest pain.He was in Kolkata to attend the party’s central committee meeting. Mr. Das served as a Minister and member of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.

Lok Sabha clears judges pay hike

Lok Sabha passed a bill aimed at increasing over twofold the salaries of Supreme Court and high court judges.The salary hike, based on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for officers of all-India services, will take effect from January 1, 2016.The High Court and Supreme Court Judges Amendment Bill also proposes a revision of the rates of house rent allowance from July 1, 2017.