Amit Shah's legislative agenda is expected to be closely followed. (FILE PHOTO)
Union Minister Amit Shah will table the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha today, the first legislative business of the BJP president in parliament after he was elected to the lower house in the national polls last month, followed by his cabinet appointment. The bill had earlier been enforced as an ordinance. On February 28, the Union cabinet had approved 'The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019' and it was cleared by President Ram Nath Kovind. The bill is aimed at replacing the ordinance to provide 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in Jammu and Kashmir. Amit Shah's legislative agenda is expected to be closely followed and his decision to start out with a bill related to Jammu and Kashmir is significant.
Here are the live updates of the Parliament session:
Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha suggests Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman be awarded and his moustache be declared 'national moustache'.
Bill to amend Special Economic Zones Act introduced in Lok Sabha:
A bill to allow trusts to set up units in special economic zones (SEZs) was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal today. The Union Cabinet had recently approved introduction of the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to replace an ordinance which was promulgated in March by the previous government. After the amendment of sub-section (v) of section 2 of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005, a trust or any entity notified by the central government will be eligible to be considered for grant of permission to set up a unit in SEZs, according to the bill. The present provisions of the Act do not permit "trusts" to set up units in SEZs, according to news agency Press Trust of India.
Policy paralysis was "new norm" during UPA rule: Chandra Sarangi
Union minister Chandra Sarangi initiating the debate on Motion of Thanks on the President's address said the Congress made his Bharatiya Janata Party realise the importance of strong leadership as policy paralysis was a "new norm" during the ten-year rule of the grand old party with the "accidental prime minister" at the helm. "Policy paralysis was a new norm during those ten years. And it was Congress which made us realise the importance of strong leadership," he said. Mr Sarangi also said he is grateful to Narendra Modi for making a man like him, who hails from a humble background, a minister.
Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's sharp attack at BJP in parliament: