Parliament Live Updates: Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow amid chaos over rising fuel prices

The Bill was passed by voice vote in the Lok Sabha (file photo)

Parliament Budget Session 2022 highlights: The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill was passed by voice vote in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The Bill seeks to provide legal sanction to the police to take physical and biological samples of convicts as well as persons accused of crimes.

The government’s intention to bring the Bill is to strengthen the law and order and internal security of the country, Home Minister Amit Shah said in the House, asserting that concerns over human and personal rights have been taken care of in the draft legislation. “A lot of the concerns will be addressed with the sending of that prison manual. It has various provisions relating to subjects such as rehabilitation of prisoners, making them part of the mainstream again, limiting the rights of jail officials, maintaining discipline, security of jails, separate jails for women and open jails,” Shah said.

Opposition members termed the provisions of the Bill as “draconian” and demanded that it be referred to a Parliamentary standing committee to ensure stronger safeguards to prevent its misuse. During a discussion on the Bill in the Lok Sabha, members voiced concern over the broad provisions in the draft legislation that empowered a head constable of a police station or a head warden of a jail to take “measurements” of convicts as well as those in preventive detention. Earlier on Monday, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned, amid repreated disruptions by the Opposition over the hike in prices of petroleum products and essential commodities.

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Parliament highlights: Govt wants to strengthen security, says Amit Shah on Bill allowing collection of biometric data; Provions of the Bill are ‘draconian’, say Opposition members, Rajya Sabha adjourned amid protests by Opposition on price rise; Follow this space for all the latest updates

Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill 2022 was passed in Lok Sabha on Friday. The Bill aims to include certain tribal communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes in four newly-created districts in Uttar Pradesh. Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2022 seeks to include Gond, Dhuria, Nayak, Ojha, Pathari and Rajgond communities living in the districts of Sant Kabir Nagar, Kushinagar, Chandauli and Sant Ravidas Nagar in the list of Scheduled Tribes in the state.

Union minister Jitendra Singh introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to provide a regulatory framework for India’s research activities in the Antarctic. The Indian Antarctica Bill is expected to help India fulfil its obligations under the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources of 1982 and the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty of 1998.

Rajya Sabha last week bade farewell to 72 members retiring this year. “Char deewaron mein paya hua, char dishaon mein le jayein, ye hum sabka sankalp rahe (We may be moving out of these four walls, but we should take this experience from here to all four directions),” Modi said, adding that he hopes most members return.

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