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In post-budget legislative push, govt introduces 8 bills in Lok Sabha
2 min read.Updated: 09 Jul 2019, 12:08 AM ISTAnuja
Congress objected to the DNA bill on grounds that it violated the fundamental rights
The government has been pushing its legislative agenda to get a head start for its policy initiatives ever since it returned to power in May
NEW DELHI :
The government on Monday introduced eight bills in the Lok Sabha, the highest so far in the session that began on 17 June.
The government has been pushing its legislative agenda to get a head start for its policy initiatives ever since it returned to power in May with a huge mandate.
Of the eight bills, the home ministry tabled four—The DNA Technology (Use and Applicaton) Regulation Bill, 2019; The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019; The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019; and The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was also introduced on Monday.
All five bills mentioned above were opposed by the Opposition benches, including by senior Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor.
The three other bills are: The Consumer Protection Bill, 2019; The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised occupants) Amendment) Bill, 2019; and The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The Congress objected to the DNA bill on the grounds that it violated the fundamental rights and ‘inadequately’ regulates the use of DNA in civil matters.
The Opposition, including the Revolutionary Socialist Party and the Congress, opposed the unlawful activities bill saying fundamental rights should not be curtailed in the name of fighting terrorism. One of the politically critical exchanges on Monday was on the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial.
The Congress opposed the Bill on the grounds that it removes the Congress president from the list of trustees of the memorial.
“Without the Congress party, there would be no Jallianwala Bagh Memorial. The British would try and convert it into a bazaar. We are the ones who raised the money, built the memorial and the fact is, therefore; that it is a denial of the heritage of the country of the freedom struggle and, therefore, it must be stopped," Tharoor told the Lower House.
In response, Union culture minister Prahlad Patel alleged that the Congress had not done anything in the past four to five decades for the upkeep of the memorial.
None of the eight bills was taken up for discussion in any detail. Time would be allowed for discussion and passage later.
With a renewed majority in the lower House, the government is hopeful that these bills will be passed smoothly. There are nearly three more weeks for business in the House as the budget session of Parliament ends on 26 July.
Monday also saw a detailed discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Union Budget for 2019-20 where senior leaders of several political parties across opposition and treasury benches spoke.