The Joint Committee Report on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 was tabled in Parliament today. The Bill establishes a framework to protect people’s personal data from entities which collect and use the data. The Bill places certain obligations on data fiduciaries or those who collect and use data, gives certain rights to the individuals or data principals to protect their personal data, and establishes a Data Protection Authority to regulate and oversee data fiduciaries.
Some of the recommendations of the Committee include:
The report contains dissent notes from 8 Members in the Committee.
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha did not take up their listed business due to disruptions. Lok Sabha functioned for less than 20 minutes and Rajya Sabha for less than 15 minutes.
Before adjourning, the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced in Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to decriminalise certain offences and facilitate fast-tracking of research, patent application process, and transfer of research results while utilising the biological resources available in India.
The Committee on Home Affairs submitted an Action Taken Report on management of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The report notes that the government has set up a Committee to review the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The Committee had earlier noted that although the provision of NDMA helped in timely interventions and response during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not meant for handling the pandemic/epidemic, if it happens in future.
Numbers to note
The Ministry of External Affairs informed Lok Sabha that 3,462 Indian migrant workers belonging to Tamil Nadu died in Gulf Countries, African Nations and South East Asian countries during the last five years.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas informed Lok Sabha that Prices of LPG in the country are based on Saudi Contract Price (CP), the benchmark for international prices of LPG. Saudi CP has risen approximately 238% from April, 2020 to October, 2021 (from $236 /MT to $ 797/MT). The Ministry added that the government continues to modulate the effective price to consumers.