Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day following repeated disruptions. Members of the opposition protested the suspension of 25 members in the lower house as directed by the Speaker yesterday.
In Lok Sabha, members from Andhra Pradesh raised the issue of granting special status to their state. Some members from Telangana also made demands for a separate High Court in their state. The Minister of Home Affairs assured the members that the Law Minister is looking into the matter.
The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention ofAtrocities) Amendment Bill, 2014 was passed in Lok Sabha. The Bill amends certain existing categories and adds new categories of actions to be treated as offences against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and established exclusive special courts to try offences under the Act.
Several members during the debate supported the bill and urged the government to take further steps to protect and prevent atrocities against SCs and STs.
The lower house also discussed demand for Excess Grants (Railways) for the year 2012-13. The Minister replied at the end of the debate.
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