Parliamentary Standing Committee

  • Parliamentary panel to examine proposed changes in RTI Act 04-11-2013 09:21 PM

    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...
  • Parliamentary panel seeks people's view on RTI Amendment Bill 22-09-2013 11:36 AM

    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...
  • Coal scam: Sonia backs Kumar at core group meet 26-04-2013 02:25 PM

    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...
  • 'Coal blocks allocated between 1993 and 2008 were unauthorised' 23-04-2013 08:16 AM

    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...
  • Anna targets Govt over Lokpal draft report 10-12-2011 09:38 PM

    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 10-12-2011 06:39 AM

    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...
  • Par panel rejects proposal to hike insurance FDI 09-12-2011 06:55 AM

    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...
  • Scuffle between 2 Cong, BJP MPs over UIDAI Bill 08-12-2011 11:52 PM

    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...
  • Scuffle between Alvi, Ahluwalia over UIDAI Bill 08-12-2011 05:58 PM

    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...
  • Parliamentary Panel rejects UIDAI Bill 08-12-2011 05:32 PM

    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...
  • Cong should be clear about what it wants: Bedi 04-12-2011 06:41 PM

    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...
  • Lokpal report not a copy of Team Anna draft: Cong 02-12-2011 07:24 AM

    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....
  • Team Anna upset over the Lokpal U-turn by Cong 02-12-2011 06:45 AM

    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...
  • Lokpal: Cong does U-turn on babus' inclusion 01-12-2011 06:20 PM

    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...
  • Independent panel to pick CBI chief recommended 30-11-2011 10:22 PM

    New Delhi: Parliamentary Standing committee has recommended that the CBI director should be appointed by an independent panel consisting of Prime Minister, Leader of opposition and Lokpal, sources said. The committee also recommended that the Group C bureaucrats should be brought under Lokpal, sources said. It is understood that the...
  • Standing Committee meet ends, dissent over Lokpal 30-11-2011 07:16 PM

    New Delhi: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal met on Wednesday and there was disagreement over exclusion of lower bureaucracy and Prime minister, sources said. There was also Objection to CBI members not being appointed like the CVC. Members Kirti Azad, Bal Apte, Haren Pathak and Arjun Meghwal are to...
  • Team Anna to meet Standing Committee today 03-11-2011 08:16 AM

    New Delhi: Team Anna is expected to meet the Standing Committee of Parliament and make a formal presentation of their viewpoints in a bid to demand constitutional amendments to widen the powers of the Jan Lokpal Bill. The team's viewpoints include the conduct of MPs in Parliament and doing away...
  • 'Bihar to have a strong and effective Lokayukta' 05-09-2011 05:32 PM

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday asserted that his government had 'bold intentions' to have 'a strong and effective' Lokayukta but it would also have to look into if the post of Lokayukta was being brought under the Centre's proposed Lokpal bill. "We want to have a strong...
  • Parliamentary Panel may surprise all: Singhvi 21-08-2011 03:07 PM

    New Delhi: Amid Anna Hazare's agitation on the Lokpal issue, a Parliamentary Standing Committee going into the Lokpal Bill on Sunday gave signals that it could 'surprise' all those skeptical or cynical about the outcome of the exercise. "Give the Standing Committee a chance. Allow us to do our work....
  • 'Fund implementation in NE not satisfactory' 13-02-2011 06:45 PM

    Shillong: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has observed that Central funds for the development of northeast region have not been 'satisfactorily' implemented. "While funds are being sanctioned, the implementation is not satisfactory as we would expect it to be," the committee's chairman and Rajya Sabha MP...
  • Panel moots making CBI like American FBI 12-03-2008 09:12 AM

    Mumbai: Under pressure after two back-to-back failures, India's opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane said he learnt from his mistakes to come good in the third game of the five-match ODI series against England in Mohali. My performances in the first two matches were bad and I was a little upset. I...
  • Market mayhem: Parliament panel wants change in norms 13-02-2008 12:25 AM

    Colombo: Contrary to reports that it would not have the Decision Review System in place for the series against Australia due to lack of money, Sri Lanka Cricket said DRS would be there for the matches scheduled next month. SLC said it has no issues with the estimated cost of...