The winter session of Parliament began on 15 December and will conclude on 5 January next year. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
The winter session of Parliament began on 15 December and will conclude on 5 January next year. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

Parliament LIVE: No proposal to make Aadhaar linkage mandatory for property, says govt

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will take up key legislative business and discuss key bills today. Here are the latest updates and developments from the ongoing winter session of Parliament

NEW DELHI : Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for nearly 30 minutes on Tuesday amid slogan- shouting by Congress members demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh. As soon as the Question Hour began, leader of Congress in the House Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan refused to entertain his demand during the Question Hour. Soon, Congress members trooped into the Well raising slogans against the Prime Minister such as “pradhan mantri maafi mango” (PM apologize) and “pradhan mantri sadan mein aao” (PM come to the House). A visibly upset Speaker said while the Congress has been accusing the government of not convening the Winter session on time, they were disrupting it now. Around 11.30 am, she adjourned the House till noon. The winter session of Parliament began on 15 December and it will conclude on 5 January next year. Here are the latest updates and developments from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha:

19 Dec 2017, 05:03:00 PM IST

Tax department seizes assets worth Rs900 crore in November-March 2017

The government today said the Income Tax department has seized assets worth Rs900 crore till March 2017 post demonetisation. The IT department conducted searches on 900 groups during November-March 2017 and undisclosed income of Rs7,961 crore was admitted, said minister of state for finance P. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. The minister also said there have been visible trend of an increase in households’ assets held in bank deposits, life insurance and mutual funds, a reduction in cash circulation, especially substantial reduction in high value currency notes, among other things post demonetisation. (PTI)

19 Dec 2017, 04:36:00 PM IST

No proposal to make Aadhaar linkage mandatory for property, says govt

There was no proposal to make Aadhaar linkage mandatory for property transactions, Parliament was informed today. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Union minister of state (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, however, said the rural development ministry had advised the states and union territories to explore the possibilities of using consent-based Aadhaar authentication for registration of properties under the provisions of the Registration Act, 1908. The comments assume significance in the backdrop of Puri reportedly stating last month that seeding Aadhaar to property transactions was a great idea and as the government was linking Aadhaar with bank accounts, it might take some additional steps for the property market also. (PTI)

19 Dec 2017, 04:23:00 PM IST

Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge attacks Modi govt over Manmohan remarks

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge: “If Dr.Manmohan Singh was conspiring with Pakistan in a meeting in Delhi then was the Govt sleeping? Why have they not registered an FIR in the case till now?. It was just a lie for election campaign.” (ANI)

19 Dec 2017, 04:03:00 PM IST

CSR spend in Northeast stood at Rs176 crore in FY’16

Companies spent a little over Rs176 crore in the Northeast states towards corporate social responsibility (CSR) works in 2015-16, a surge of 15% from the preceding fiscal, Parliament was informed today. Under the Companies Act, 2013, certain class of profitable entities have to spend at least 2% of their three-year average annual net income towards CSR activities in a financial year. An assessment of CSR expenditure indicates that companies spent Rs176.59 crore in the Northeast states in 2015-16, an increase from Rs153.52 crore spent in 2014-15, minister of state for Corporate Affairs P. P. Chaudhary said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. Of the total Rs 176.59 crore, Assam got the largest pie of Rs160.39 crore. This was followed by Manipur at Rs5.80 crore, Meghalaya (Rs3.81 crore), Sikkim (Rs1.87 crore), Tripura (Rs1.47 crore), Arunachal Pradesh (Rs1.22 crore), Mizoram (Rs1.08 crore) and Nagaland (Rs0.95 crore). Overall, corporates had spent over Rs13,625 crore in the entire country towards CSR activities in 2015-16. (PTI)

19 Dec 2017, 03:54:00 PM IST

190 CRPF, Assam Rifles personnel killed in last 3 years: Govt

Total 190 paramilitary personnel, including 99 of the CRPF, have been killed in action during the last three years, the government informed Parliament today. Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, presented data about the total number of security personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and the Assam Rifles being killed while performing their duties during the last three years. According to the data, a total of 190 personnel were killed that included 99 from the CRPF, 45 from the BSF, 41 from the Assam Rifles, four of the SSB and one from the ITBP force. (PTI)

19 Dec 2017, 03:46:00 PM IST

Around 40,000 Rohingya in India: Govt tells Lok Sabha

Around 40,000 Rohingya migrants were illegally living in India and none of them had been deported so far, Union minister Kiren Rijiju informed Parliament today. In a written reply to a question, the Union minister of state for home affairs informed the Lok Sabha that the entry of illegal migrants was clandestine and surreptitious and thus, an accurate figure of how many of them were currently living in the country was not available. As per an estimate, the number of Rohingya migrants could be around 40,000, he said, adding that none of them had been deported so far. Rijiju said though India was not a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol thereon, the country’s track record in dealing with or providing protection to refugees had internationally been acclaimed. He added that there was no legislation to deal with refugees and asylum-seekers in India. (PTI)

19 Dec 2017, 03:32:00 PM IST

34 baggages were stolen at IGI airport in 2017: Govt

Thirty-four cases of passengers’ baggage being stolen were reported this year at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, according to the government in Parliament. Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha also said that the role of employees working at the airport “cannot be ruled out”. “The theft cases reported/registered at Delhi airport during 2016 and 2017 (till November 2017) are 34 and 31 respectively,” he said in response to a question in Rajya Sabha. He added that such incidents are a law and order issue and complaints are lodged with the local police. (PTI)

19 Dec 2017, 03:26:00 PM IST

25% directors on board of companies are women: Govt

About 25% of the directors on the board of companies are women, Parliament was informed today. “As per the information extracted from MCA 21 Registry, as on 31 March 2017, 25.01% of the directors on the board of companies are women directors,” minister of state for Corporate Affairs P. P. Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. (PTI) Read more

19 Dec 2017, 03:15:00 PM IST

MPs express concern over pollution in Brahmaputra river

Members in the Lok Sabha today expressed concern over the contamination of the Brahmaputra river as they asked the government to take up the matter with China from where the river flows into India and inform Parliament about it. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the matter was of serious concern and assured the House that he will inform “the highest level in government” about it. Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD) raised the issue of increased level of pollutants in the river, also known as Siang, which flows into Arunachal Pradesh from south Tibet in China before getting into Assam. He said some reports have blamed China for it and noted that the Arunachal Pradesh government has written to the Centre as its water was not fit for drinking. He asked the government to make public its discussion with China on the issue. Bijoya Chakravarty (BJP), who hails from Assam, also joined him and asked the government to take up the matter with China. She said a delegation, including her, had met home minister Rajnath Singh who had assured them that he would inform external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj about it. (PTI)

19 Dec 2017, 02:56:00 PM IST

Withdraw move to classify tractors as transport vehicles: INLD

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Indian National Lok Dal’s Dushyant Chautala said that the notification to classify tractors under the transport vehicles category would harm the interest of farmers as there would be taxes on tractors and the farmers may not be able to use such vehicles which are more than 10 years old. He demanded that the notification be withdrawn forthwith. (PTI)

19 Dec 2017, 02:41:00 PM IST

Pappu Yadav demands probe into rise of fake doctors in Bihar

Pappu Yadav, expelled RJD member, claimed that he had been falsely implicated in a criminal case after he spoke against a private hospital allegedly involved in wrongdoings. He urged the Speaker to refer the matter to the privileges committee. Fake doctors are mushrooming in Bihar, he alleged and demanded that the Medical Council of India and the government should look into it.

19 Dec 2017, 02:14:00 PM IST

RJD MP demands NSG cover for Lalu Prasad Yadav

RJD’s Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav urged the government to restore the NSG cover for his party’s chief Lalu Prasad, saying there was a grave threat perception and Prasad could even be killed. The government had recently withdrawn his ‘Z+’ VIP security cover of NSG commandos. (PTI)

19 Dec 2017, 01:56:00 PM IST

MPs raise various issues in Lok Sabha

MPs from across parties raised various issues of public importance during question hour earlier today. BJP MP Pushpendra Singh Chandel from Hamirpur, Uttar Pradesh demanded that the government should buy more hybrid vehicles to curb pollution. SAD MP Prem Singh Chandumajra raised the issue of political violence in Punjab today. BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Anupam Kher raised the issue of unregistered paying guest accommodation in the Lok Sabha. TMC MP Pratibha Mandal raised the issue of manual scavengers. Mandal represents Jayanagar Lok Saba constituency from West Bengal.BJD MP raises issue of contamination of Brahmaputra water. Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said that the government is going to look into the issue of contamination of Brahmaputra due to activities in China. (Lok Sabha TV)

19 Dec 2017, 01:34:00 PM IST

Congress stages walk out from Lok Sabha

Congress staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha over PM Modi’s earlier remark on former PM Manmohan Singh and asked for an apology from PM Modi.

19 Dec 2017, 01:17:00 PM IST

Gujarat development model hollow from inside, says Rahul Gandhi

19 Dec 2017, 01:06:00 PM IST

Govt in favour of bringing petroleum products under GST: Arun Jaitley

Responding to Chidambarm’s question, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said that “we are in favour of bringing petroleum products under GST. We would await consensus of the states and hope states agree to the consensus sooner or later.”

19 Dec 2017, 12:56:00 PM IST

Congress’ P. Chidambaram raises issue of bringing petroleum under GST

Congress’s P. Chidambaram raises the issue of bringing petroleum products under GST in Rajya Sabha. “Now that BJP is in power in 19 states and at the Centre what prevents them from bringing petroleum products under GST? When will the GST Council take up this subject,” ANI quoted him as saying.

19 Dec 2017, 12:38:00 PM IST

Gujarat has given message to BJP, Modiji: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the Gujarat election result raises questions on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s credibility. Read more

19 Dec 2017, 12:03:00 PM IST

Congress attacks PM Modi over Manmohan remarks

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raises the issue of PM Modi’s remarks on former PM Dr Manmohan Singh. “Dr. Manmohan Singh ji’s integrity and loyalty to the country has been questioned. PM should come in the house and make it clear,” ANI quoted Azad as saying.

19 Dec 2017, 11:56:00 AM IST

Give financial help to farmers to prevent stubble burning, says Congress’ Pratap Singh Bajwa

Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Singh Bajwa raises the issue of financial help for farmers to prevent stubble burning.

19 Dec 2017, 11:49:00 AM IST

Issue of special courts for criminal netas raised in Rajya Sabha

In Rajya Sabha, Congress MP Anand Sharma raised the issue of special courts for criminal netas. “Government should ensure allocation of adequate funds for setting up enough number of courts so that people do not remain in prison for long periods and the trial is done,” ANI quoted Sharma as saying.Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that “law should be for everybody, legislatures alone should not be singled out.”

19 Dec 2017, 11:46:00 AM IST

Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon amid noisy Congress protest over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against former PM Manmohan Singh during the campaign trail in Gujarat. (PTI)

19 Dec 2017, 11:43:00 AM IST

TMC holds protest over FRDI Bill

19 Dec 2017, 11:40:00 AM IST

Parliament schedule for today

Following is Tuesday’s legislative business for the two Houses of Parliament: Lok Sabha: Bills for consideration and passing: The Repealing and Amending Bill. The Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill; The Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill. The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill. Rajya Sabha: Bill for consideration and passing: The Companies (Amendment) Bill. The Indian Institutes of Management Bill. The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill. (PTI)