Opposition parties boycott both houses of Parliament
Opposition parties boycotted both houses of parliament today, leaving Rajya Sabha first in the morning and Lok Sabha around 4 p.m., to protest the flawed passage of the two agricultural bills in the upper house on Sunday.
- The approval of the bill by oral vote led to violent protests from members of the opposition and the suspension of eight parliamentarians. Parliament is expected to end sine die on Wednesday.
- Congress, Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazgham, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Aam Aadmi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Nationalist Congress Party, CPI (M), CPI and other small parties boycotted both houses of Parliament.
- The Bahujan Samaj party, Biju Janata Dal and the YSR Congress did not participate in the boycott. Although the BSP originated from Lok Sabha, they made it clear that they had nothing to do with the rest of the opposition.
Lok Sabha adopts three labor codes amid opposition boycott
Lok Sabha passed three labor code bills today, amid boycotts of House proceedings by various opposition parties, including Congress.
- Presenting the bills for consideration and approval, Labor Minister Santosh Gangwar said the government had made changes to the laws after extensive consultation with state governments and other stakeholders.
- He added that many recommendations from the Standing Committee, which examined the codes, have been incorporated into the bills.
- On Saturday, Gangwar introduced the Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, the Labor Relations Code, 2020 and the Social Security Code, 2020.
- More than 29 labor laws have been merged into four codes and one of them (Code on Wages Bill, 2019) has already been approved.
- The Safety, Hygiene and Working Conditions Code, 2020, will consolidate and amend the laws governing the safety, health and working conditions of people employed in an establishment.
- The Labor Relations Code, 2020, aims to consolidate and modify laws relating to unions, working conditions in industrial establishments and the resolution of labor disputes.
- The 2020 Social Security Code will amend and consolidate laws relating to social security.
Academic session from November 1st according to the new UGC calendar
Students entering colleges and universities will start classes from November 1 and the new academic session will have a delayed start, according to the University Scholarships Commission (UGC) schedule for 2020-21, which was released on Tuesday.
- Holidays will be shortened and classes will be held six days a week to make up for lost time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- The UGC approved at its meeting on Monday the guidelines for the new academic calendar for first-year undergraduate and graduate students.
- The admissions schedule has been delayed by the fact that schools and universities were closed in mid-March due to the pandemic-related shutdown, and board exams, as well as entrance exams for courses professionals such as medicine and engineering, have been postponed several times.
- The delays have also led to admissions cancellations and student migration.
- In a statement, the Education Department ordered that to avoid causing financial hardship to parents already affected by the shutdown and economic recession, all fees paid in such cases will be reimbursed.
- “In the event of cancellation / withdrawal of admissions until December 31, 2020, the total fees charged to a student must be fully refunded after deducting no more than ₹ 1,000 as a processing fee,” the statement said. This is a special measure only for this academic year, he added.
India-China: No progress after the sixth round of talks
The sixth round of corps commanders talks between India and China, which lasted 14 hours, failed to make progress in de-escalation along the disputed border in Ladakh .
“The discussions were quite positive despite the lack of apparent results. There will be more rounds of negotiations because the issues are complex, ”said a Defense source.
- The conversations that began at 9 a.m. Monday in Moldo continued until 11 p.m., the source added.
- The talks proceeded in accordance with the five-point plan agreed by the two foreign ministers in Moscow earlier this month. There are divergent positions and the issues are complex, so more rounds of talks will be needed to reach an agreement, the source said.
- The details of the talks would be discussed within the government and the future course of action would be decided, we learned.
- India has pushed for a roadmap for the complete disconnection and disintegration of Chinese troops from all friction points along the Royal Line of Control (LAC), the source added.
- For the first time, an undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) was present at the talks.
- The situation on the ground has remained calm since the meeting of foreign ministers, added the second source.
- Officials said that for India, mutual disengagement would not be acceptable and China would have to withdraw its troops from the blockade areas.
Suspended opposition MPs finish off Dharna
The eight suspended MPs today ended their sit-in at the Mahatma Gandhi statue inside the parliament premises after the opposition parties made a joint decision to boycott Rajya Sabha’s work for the remainder of the monsoon session.
- Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi told Rajya Sabha that the suspension would be lifted if all eight MPs expressed regret. The opposition parties did not accept this proposal.
- On Monday, Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen of TMC, Elamaram Kareem and KK of CPI (M) Ragesh, Rajeev Satav of Congress, Syed Naseer Hussain and Ripun Bora, and Sanjay Singh of AAP were suspended from Rajya Sabha for rebellious behavior in home.
- The eight deputies had participated in a protest sit-in since Monday 12:45 p.m. to Tuesday 10:30 a.m. The MPs spent the night in the Parliament premises, sleeping in sheets on the lawn next to the Gandhi statue.
RS Vice President Harivansh must fast for 24 hours; The opposition calls it a sham
Rajya Sabha Vice President Harivansh wrote a moving letter to President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, accusing the opposition of humiliating him. He also announced a 24-hour fast, in the hope that this might inspire a sense of “self-purification” among the rebellious members. His letter, however, did not touch opposition leaders, who called it a “sham.”
- Expressing his anguish over the alleged attempts to “intimidate” him with violent behavior, he accused the members of breaking the rules and throwing them at him, trampling the tables of officials who played a central role in the operation of the Chamber and shout abusive slogans.
- This vision of “stripping democracy” shook his mind and heart and he was unable to sleep all night, the Bihar MP wrote.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quick to praise Harivansh. “I have read the letter written to the Honorable President by the Honorable Harivansh-ji. Every word in the letter has given us confidence in our faith in democracy. This letter is inspiring and commendable. There is truth and sensitivity in it. My request is that all citizens read it, ”he said.
“After blatantly violating the rules, procedures and practices to pass bills and legislation, the Vice President sheds crocodile tears for parliamentary democracy. Token Fast is nothing but a joke. “Congressman MP Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said
The government is working to change the IT rules
The government is working to change the IT rules for intermediaries such as Facebook and Google to make them more responsive and more accountable, Parliament reported Monday.
- “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is changing the rules on information technology (guidelines for intermediaries), 2011, so that intermediaries are more responsive and responsible”, to the Minister of State for Electronics and Technology of the Information, Sanjay Dhotre, said in a written response to Lok Sabha. The rules are currently being finalized, he added.
- Dhotre said that section 79 (1) of the Information Technology (IT) Act 2000 grants brokers conditional immunity from any third-party content uploaded to their platforms. However, this immunity is subject to the provisions of some other articles of the law, he added.
- “Article 79 of the Information Technology Act already provides safe-haven protection to intermediaries, subject to subsequent due diligence, as prescribed by the 2011 IT (Guidelines for Intermediaries) regulations notified in this section. “The government respects the right to freedom of expression enshrined in the Indian constitution,” he said.
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 56,29,223 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 89,931. Health Minister Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a press conference that India’s share of total coronavirus cases in the world was 17.7%. He added that India accounted for 19.5% of global recoveries, which is the highest of any country.