The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha today. A discussion on the Bill was initiated in the House. The Bill seeks to provide for the advancement of “economically weaker sections” of citizens.
Some key highlights:
In order for the Bill to be passed, a majority of two-thirds of members present and voting, which should be more than half of the total membership of the House, is required in both House of Parliament.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, as reported by Joint Parliamentary Committee, was passed in Lok Sabha. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.
Some key highlights from the Joint Committee Report Summary:
The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha as well. The Bill regulates the use of DNA technology for establishing the identity of persons in respect of matters listed in a Schedule: criminal matters (such as offences under the Indian Penal Code, 1860), and civil matters such as parentage disputes, emigration or immigration, and transplantation of human organs.
Several members raised certain issues with the provisions of the Bill:
They also brought out comparison of DNA laws in other countries. To know more about how the use of DNA is regulated in other countries, refer to the table below:
The Trade Union (Amendment) Bill,2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha. The Bill amends the Trade Unions Act, 1926, which provides for the registration and regulation of trade unions.
The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was also introduced in Lok Sabha.
A discussion on the Indian Medical Council was initiated in Rajya Sabha but could not be concluded due to disruptions. The Winter Session was originally supposed to conclude today but Rajya Sabha has been adjourned to meet tomorrow.