Standing Committee

  • Manmohan Singh named member of Parliamentary panel on Finance September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is hailed as the architect of economic reforms in the country, is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, it was announced on Tuesday. Incidentally, M Veerappa Moily, who was a minister in the Manmohan Singh government, is heading the...
  • Centre uncertain about passing changes in Juvenile Justice Act in current session August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The amended Juvenile Justice Act could be sent to Parliament Standing Committee. After the Cabinet cleared the move to amend the Juvenile Justice Act on Wednesday allowing magistrates the power to decide if juveniles above the age of 16 who are involved in heinous crimes like rape and murder...
  • 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 voteonaccount budget approved by...
  • Raising FDI limit in Defence will create more jobs, says Prakash Javadekar May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Raising the FDI limit in the defence sector will help the country in creating jobs and being selfreliance in the military arena, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday. "I have been a member of Standing Committee on Defence and based on my experience, I can say...
  • 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...
  • Committed to amend RTI to keep political parties out of it: Kamal Nath September 8, 2013

    The government is committed to passing the amendment to the RTI Bill, which will keep political parties out of its ambit. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said the Bill will be brought back once it comes back from the Standing Committee. Here...
  • Does Right To Information frighten political parties? September 5, 2013

    Most of the major political parties except the BJD, TMC and CPI, are keen to pass the RTI Amendment Bill, which aims at keeping political parties out of the RTI ambit. In June 2013, the Chief Information Commissioner's office had passed an order saying political parties should come under the...
  • Standing Committee to take up Representation of People's Act September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The Representation of People's Act is likely to be taken up by the Standing Committee on Thursday. The Centre decided last month to amend the Act to effectively alter the recent Supreme Court ruling that had said that MPs and MLAs convicted of a crime should stand disqualified....
  • India has the economic capacity to implement Food Security scheme: KV Thomas July 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Food Minister KV Thomas said India can afford the Food Security scheme and that the government's priority is to provide food to the people of the country. In an interview with CNNIBN's Karan Thapar, the Minister also dismissed the BJP's claims that it was not consulted on the...
  • Relieve Army from counterterror duties: Parl panel April 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Observing that deployment in counterinsurgency operations was straining the resources of the Army, a Parliamentary panel on Monday said the force should be relieved from these tasks to focus on undertaking its regular conventional duties. In its report tabled on Monday, the Standing Committee on Defence expressed concern for...
  • 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...
  • Govt likely to convene allparty meet on Food Bill April 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Government is likely to convene an allparty meeting soon on the ambitious Food Security Bill before it is taken up in Parliament. "We are planning to convene an allparty meeting before taking up for further proceedings. It is likely to be held in a day or two," a...
  • 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...
  • 'Govt to come out with modified DTC Bill' January 31, 2013

    New Delhi: The government will come up with a modified Direct Taxes Code (DTC) Bill after incorporating the suggestions of the Standing Committee on Finance, which had suggested raising annual income tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh. "Will come out with modified DTC (Bill) in response to...
  • 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...
  • Army lacks helicopters: Parliament panel April 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Parliament's Standing Committee on Defence has confirmed that there are huge gaps between sanctioned and existing weapons platform with the Army. According to the Standing Committee on Defence report tabled in Parliament on Monday there is a huge shortage of helicopters with the Army Aviation unit. The Army...
  • '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...