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...
  • Committed to amend RTI to keep political parties out of it: Kamal Nath 08-09-2013 07:50 AM

    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....
  • Does Right To Information frighten political parties? 05-09-2013 11:15 PM

    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 05-09-2013 02:37 PM

    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 07-07-2013 09:04 PM

    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 CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar, the Minister also dismissed the BJP's claims that it was not consulted on the...
  • Relieve Army from counter-terror duties: Parl panel 29-04-2013 06:50 PM

    New Delhi: Observing that deployment in counter-insurgency 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...
  • 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...
  • Govt likely to convene all-party meet on Food Bill 22-04-2013 03:10 PM

    New Delhi: Government is likely to convene an all-party meeting soon on the ambitious Food Security Bill before it is taken up in Parliament. "We are planning to convene an all-party meeting before taking up for further proceedings. It is likely to be held in a day or two," a...
  • Land Acquisition: Two Standing Committees, Pole Postures

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    In forty-four months, the standing committees of Parliament which examined the land acquisition bills have done an about turn on the issue of the state...

  • Anna won't speak a word against BJP: Digvijaya 28-12-2011 08:53 AM

    New Delhi: Blaming BJP for Lokpal not getting Constitutional status, Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday took a dig at Anna Hazare, saying the activist would not speak a word against the BJP and RSS. "BJP opposes constitutional amendment for giving strength to Lokpal and Lokayuktas in the states...
  • Send Companies Bill to Par panal: BJP to Govt 19-12-2011 08:06 PM

    New Delhi: Government and BJP on Monday agreed on issues related to Pensions Fund Regulatory Development Authority Bill and Companies Bill but the Opposition suggested that since the draft of the latter has been altered considerably it should be sent back to the Standing Committee. When Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee...
  • Proposal to hike FDI cap in insurance rejected 13-12-2011 05:56 PM

    New Delhi: In an another instance which may stall reforms, a Parliament panel has rejected the government proposal to hike the FDI cap in the insurance sector to 49 per cent, saying this may not have the desired effect and could expose the economy to global vulnerability. The Standing Committee...
  • Abhishek Manu Singhvi hits back at Team Anna 11-12-2011 07:34 PM

    New Delhi: Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee that went into Lokpal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, on Sunday hit back at Team Anna for its comments that dissent outweighed consensus in the panel's report and said those who speak about democracy should learn principles of democratic discourse. Singhvi said the Committee has...
  • Lokpal Bill: the points of differences 11-12-2011 08:09 AM

    New Delhi: Differences remain on certain issues in the Lokpal Bill between Team Anna, the government and the Opposition. The inclusion of the Prime Minister, Group C and D bureaucrats and the CBI are the major points of divergence. Inclusion of the Prime Minister The Standing Committee draft has left...
  • 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...
  • Lokpal: Bedi says 3rd phase of stir inevitable 10-12-2011 08:19 PM

    Chennai: Strongly advocating bringing CBI under the ambit of the Lokpal bill, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Saturday alleged the agency was not independent and said a third phase of agitation by the civil society on the anti-graft legislation was 'inevitable'. CBI officials were appointed by the government and...
  • It was Rahul who wanted a strong Lokpal: Khurshid 10-12-2011 05:47 PM

    Lucknow: Against the backdrop of Anna Hazare attacking Rahul Gandhi on Lokpal Bill, Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday defended the Congress General Secretary saying it was he who had asked him to bring a strong Lokpal for which the country should be proud of. "Rahul Gandhi told me only...
  • 'Lokpal report just to fulfill Rahul's wishes' 10-12-2011 05:15 PM

    New Delhi: A day before Anna Hazare's scheduled day-long fast at Jantar Mantar, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday criticised the Parliament Standing Committee's Lokpal draft report and said the report aimed to fulfill Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's wishes. The Standing Committee report contradicts the Pranab Mukherjee's statement...
  • UID in trouble as Home Ministry raises questions 10-12-2011 07:13 AM

    New Delhi: The UPA government's Unique ID (UID) project has run into trouble after the Home Ministry raised questions about the security of data collected. A Parliamentary Standing Committee has also proposed a new bill in its place. Sources say that this is a last ditch attempt at saving the...
  • 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...
  • Face-off: time for Team Anna to back off? 09-12-2011 11:37 PM

    Anna Hazare blamed Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and Home Minister P Chidambaram for the confusion over Lokpal Bill. ...
  • Anna slams PM, Rahul over Lokpal Bill draft 09-12-2011 02:19 PM

    Ralegan Siddhi: Anna Hazare has rejected the Lokpal Bill draft prepared by the Parliament Standing Committee headed by Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi claiming that the panel has insulted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by ignoring his letter in which he had assured Team Anna that the Government was committed to...
  • Lokpal: Par panel closer to Anna than to Govt 09-12-2011 02:05 PM

    New Delhi: The Parliament Standing Committee on Friday tabled the final draft on Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Furnishing details about the final draft, Standing Committee chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the report recommended to make Lokpal a constitutional body. He further said that while Group A and...
  • 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...