NEW DELHI: For “expediting the passage” of the amendments to the Right to Information (RTI) Act last July, the government had requested the Lok Sabha speaker and the Rajya Sabha chairman to not refer the Bill to the parliamentary standing committee, the notings on government files show. It had also made written requests to Parliament seeking relaxation of the rule requiring two-three days’ notice to members before the introduction of any Bill, saying that “it has not been possible to meet those requirements”. The government had also wanted the immediate inclusion of the Bill to Parliament’s List of Business due its “urgency and importance”. A Cabinet note on this said the Bill would bring "equity and inclusiveness” by providing “uniformity and parity" in the conditions of service of the chairman and members of various statutory organisations and commissions. The government has now made the file notings public. The Bill was … [Read more...] about Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha chairs were requested not to refer RTI Bill to panels
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Differences between the opposition and treasury benches emerged in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday over sending the RTI (Amendment) Bill to a Select Committee of the House forcing two adjournments in the post- lunch period. While deputy chairman Harivansh asked the Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh to move the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, the opposition members raised objections and wanted that the bill be sent to a Select Committee for further scrutiny. The Chair also allowed Derek O'Brien (TMC) and two Left members to move a motion for sending the bill to a Select Committee, but said the same will be taken up together during voting. He asked the discussion to start, but opposition members raised objections. The treasury benches and the minister said let the bill be discussed first and only then can a motion to send the bill to Select Committee be taken up. Since opposition members created uproar, the chair first adjourned the House for 15 minutes and then again … [Read more...] about Opposition demands RTI bill be sent to select committee, Rajya Sabha proceedings disrupted
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is focusing on development and its governance model in its campaign for the February 8 assembly elections, says Sanjay Singh, a Rajya Sabha member and the election in-charge for the party in Delhi. But it’s not an easy task in the face of the anti-AAP rhetoric by the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he says. In an interview to Sweta Goswami, he also talks about the AAP’s prospects, violence in universities, and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA. Edited excerpts: … [Read more...] about Delhi Assembly Election 2020: If Kejriwal had gone to Jamia or JNU, BJP would have incited violence and blamed AAP, says Sanjay Singh
Part of this is beyond the control of the Manmohan Singh ministry. For ten days markets across the world were shaken by the events in Cyprus, which accounts for just about one-hundredth of one percent of the Eurozone economy. There is a fear that the Cyprus crisis was Europe's Bear Sterns moments if not, yet, its Lehman Brothers. … [Read more...] about Elections soon after Diwali!
The election of a new president will bring to end incumbent Shah's tenure of over five-and-a-half years during which the BJP expanded its footprints across the country like never before and enjoyed its best phase in electoral contests despite suffering a few setbacks in state polls. … [Read more...] about Nadda set to replace Shah as BJP chief on Monday