Parliamentary Standing Committee

  • Budget unlikely to be sent to parliamentary committees June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Racing against time, Parliament is likely to seek passage of the first general budget of Narendra Modi government in the next session beginning July 7 without sending it to the Standing Committees. This is because there is hardly any time for the exercise as the vote-on-account budget approved by...
  • Parliamentary panel to examine proposed changes in RTI Act November 4, 2013

    A parliamentary standing committee will commence proceedings on Wednesday to examine the amendment to the Right to Information Act which seeks to neutralise the verdict of the Central Information Commission (CIC). The amendment to the RTI Act is rooted in the June 3, 2013 verdict of the CIC. The CIC had held...
  • Parliamentary panel seeks people's view on RTI Amendment Bill September 22, 2013

    A Parliamentary Committee has sought people's suggestion on RTI Amendment Bill which is aimed at giving immunity to political parties from providing information. The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2013 was introduced on August 12 in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy. It...
  • Coal scam: Sonia backs Kumar at core group meet April 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The Congress core group met a short while back to discuss the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) affidavit on coal block allocation scam report with its allies and backed Law Minister Ashwani Kumar. Kumar told the core group his job was to look at the legal points in the...
  • 'Coal blocks allocated between 1993 and 2008 were unauthorised' April 23, 2013

    New Delhi: A Parliamentary standing committee on coal and steel, which will submit its report on Tuesday, contains a few explosive conclusions. There could be trouble both for the UPA and NDA as the report says all the coal blocks distributed between 1993 and 2008 were unauthorised and not done...
  • Parl panel decides against lowering age of juvenile offenders February 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home has decided against lowering the age of juveniles below 18 years of age despite suggestions by several members. This came as the Home Ministry said the Women and Child Development Ministry was examining the matter. Some members also opposed a recommendation on...
  • Standing committee clears Food Security Bill draft January 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The draft Food Security Bill was cleared by the Standing Committee of Parliament on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution on Friday. The draft was passed despite members of the Opposition raising objections over coverage for the poor and quantity of grains supplied. Some committee members also demanded that...
  • Parl panel unhappy over coal blocks to private cos September 3, 2012

    New Delhi: A parliamentary committee has expressed unhappiness over allocation of coal blocks to private firms - most of which have failed to develop them - instead of Coal India Ltd (CIL), prompting the government to state that 116 mines will be allotted to the state-owned firm. "A paradoxical situation is...
  • No surplus land to share: MoD tells Par panel July 22, 2012

    New Delhi: With several government agencies including the Railways seeking its land for their use, the Defence Ministry has made it clear that it has no surplus land to share with others and needs additional land to keep up with the demands of the armed forces. Making a detailed presentation before...
  • Sachin Tendulkar in Parliament panel on IT July 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar was made a member of a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology on Thursday. The 31-member panel is currently examining the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Second Amendment Bill, 2011. Bollywood actor and another Rajya Sabha member Rekha has been included in the Parliamentary...
  • India Inc slams Land Acquisition Bill report May 18, 2012

    New Delhi: The Standing Committee's report on land acquisition has been slammed by India Incorporate. This came after the committee insisted that land acquisition by the government can only be done for infrastructure and social projects and not for private profit. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) President Adi Godrej said,...
  • Parl panel for stringent land acquisition norms May 17, 2012

    New Delhi: A Parliamentary Standing Committee will submit its report on the Land Acquisition Bill on Thursday. Some proposals look fairly radical including the one allowing acquisitions only for welfare works and not profit. They are likely to get the go-ahead from the UPA government, which is under pressure from...
  • 'Urban projects fail to provide basic services' April 26, 2012

    New Delhi: The number of projects undertaken by the urban development ministry for transition to quasi-urban society has not been accompanied by a commensurate increase in the supply of basic urban services, a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development said on Wednesday. The committee chaired by Member of...
  • FTN: Is social media above the law of the land? April 23, 2012

    Abhishek Manu Singhvi quit as chairperson of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice as well as from the post of Congress spokesperson. ...
  • CD row: Singhvi quits, Oppn seeks explanation April 24, 2012

    New Delhi: In a dramatic turn of events ahead of Parliament session that begins on Tuesday, Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Monday quit his official posts following the CD controversy. He quit as the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice and also as the Congress spokesperson. Sources say...
  • Has Singhvi become an embarrassment for Cong? April 24, 2012

    Abhishek Manu Singhvi resigned as the Congress spokesperson on Monday following the CD controversy. ...
  • Read: Abhishek Manu Singhvi's statement on his resignation April 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Congress Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi has quit as the chairperson of Parliament Standing Committee on Law and Justice and as the Congress spokesperson following the CD controversy. Following is the full text of Singhvi's statement on his resignation: I have decided to resign as Chairman, Parliamentary Standing...
  • Parl panel seeks updates on war preparedness April 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence on Friday decided to seek regular feedback from the Defence Ministry on India's preparedness in the event of war. Sources said that the three service chiefs, who were not invited to attend the meet on Friday, "will be called either at the next...
  • Parliamentary Committee on Defence to meet today April 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The Parliament's Standing Committee on Defence is slated for a meeting on Friday. On the agenda of the meet is the report on Demands for Grants of the Defence Ministry for the year 2012. However, what could make for some drama is the exclusion of the three service chiefs...
  • Parl panel unlikely to summon service chiefs April 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The three service chiefs are unlikely to be called before Parliament's Standing Committee on Defence to give an account of the state of preparedness of the forces. This has become clear with sources in the committee and outside saying that the move has been given up as it...
  • Anna targets Govt over Lokpal draft report December 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Criticising Parliamentary Standing Committee report on the Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare, who is back in Delhi to launch the third chapter of his agitation, reiterated his demands of inclusion of lower bureaucracy and merging the CBI with the Lokpal. "If the Government does not do it by December...
  • Anna rejects Lokpal draft, to sit on fast tomorrow December 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Parliament Standing Committee on Friday tabled its Lokpal Bill draft report with 16 dissent notes, which failed to impress Team Anna and the Opposition who have rubbished the report. Anna Hazare will be arriving in the capital on Saturday after he rejected the Lokpal report. He said he will...
  • Par panel rejects proposal to hike insurance FDI December 9, 2011

    New Delhi: After the fiasco on retail FDI, the UPA government is facing failure in another key reform it has long contemplated - hiking FDI cap in insurance from 26 per cent now to 49 per cent to give Indian insurance firms an avenue to raise much-needed growth capital. The Parliamentary...
  • Scuffle between 2 Cong, BJP MPs over UIDAI Bill December 9, 2011

    New Delhi: At the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance discussing the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Bill, there was a scuffle between Congress Spokesperson Rashid Alvi and BJP leader SS Ahluwalia as Alvi accused Ahluwalia of having leaked the draft to the media. For proof, Alvi reportedly said he got...
  • Scuffle between Alvi, Ahluwalia over UIDAI Bill December 8, 2011

    New Delhi: A scuffle ensued between Congress leader Rashid Alvi and BJP leader SS Ahluwalia on Thursday after the two leaders disagreed on inclusion of residents as against citizens for eligibility for acquiring Unique Identification (UID) number. Amidst the spat between the two leaders over the draft Bill, Parliamentary Standing Committee...
  • Parliamentary Panel rejects UIDAI Bill December 8, 2011

    New Delhi: Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday rejected the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Bill after Congress leader Rashid Alvi gave a dissent note, even as there was a spat between Alvi and SS Ahluwalia of BJP over the draft Bill. The two leaders disagreed on inclusion of...
  • Cong should be clear about what it wants: Bedi December 4, 2011

    New Delhi: Stepping up pressure on Lokpal issue with a rally in the capital, Team Anna on Sunday said the Congress high command should make it clear "what it wants" as the "right" bill will not come without its word. "We want to hear the high command, what does the high...
  • Lokpal report not a copy of Team Anna draft: Cong December 2, 2011

    New Delhi: Congress spokesperson and Parliamentary Standing Committee Chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the panel was not created to make a Team Anna version of the Lokpal Bill draft. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Singhvi said that the draft prepared by the standing committee does not completely reject Team Anna's demands. "Of...
  • Team Anna upset over the Lokpal U-turn by Cong December 2, 2011

    New Delhi: Team Anna has criticised the Congress after a last minute U-turn by the party demanding removal of Group C bureaucrats from the ambit of Lokpal. Sources say the Congress developed a cold feet at the Core Committee meeting on Wednesday, when top leadership felt that they couldn't antagonise the...
  • Lokpal: Cong does U-turn on babus' inclusion December 1, 2011

    New Delhi: Differences have cropped in the Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday on the Lokpal Bill, especially over the inclusion of Group C bureaucrats. There was U-turn by the Congress members who demanded removal of Group C bureaucrats from the ambit of Lokpal, while BJP, CPM, BSP, SP demanded their...