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Parliament Passes Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill 2021


The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021, which seeks to amend the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, was passed in the Rajya Sabha yesterday. The bill was introduced in the Parliament by the Government in the Budget session this year. It was passed in Lok Sabha on 24th March 2021.

While introducing the bill, Ms Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for Women and Child Development stressed upon the necessity for entrusting District Magistrates with the responsibility of care and protection of vulnerable children in light of the prevailing inadequacies in the system. She recounted the commitment of the Parliament towards prioritising India's children above all issues.

The amendments include authorizing District Magistrate including Additional District Magistrate to issue adoption orders under Section 61 of the JJ Act, in order to ensure speedy disposal of cases and enhance accountability. The District Magistrates have been further empowered under the Act, to ensure its smooth implementation, as well as garner synergized efforts in favour of children in distress conditions. As per the amended provisions of the Act, any Child Care Institutions shall be registered after considering the recommendations of the District Magistrate. The DM shall independently evaluate the functioning of District Child Protection Units, Child Welfare Committees, Juvenile Justice Boards, Specialized Juvenile Police Units, Child care Institutions etc.

The eligibility parameters for the appointment of CWC members have been redefined. Criteria for disqualification of the CWC members have also been introduced to ensure that only the persons capable of rendering quality service with requisite competence and integrity are appointed to CWC.

Presently there are three categories (petty, serious and heinous) defined under the Act which are referred to while considering the cases of children in conflict with the law. However, it was observed that some of the offences do not strictly fall under any of these categories. It has been decided that offences where the maximum sentence is more than 7 years imprisonment but no minimum sentence has been prescribed or a minimum sentence of less than 7 years is provided, shall be treated as serious offences within this Act.

Several difficulties faced in the implementation of various provisions of the Act have also been addressed and Suitable amendments to remove these difficulties arising in the interpretation of various provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and to clarify the scope of certain provisions of the Act have also been introduced.


Rajya Sabha passes The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill 2021


The Rajya Sabha has approved the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 on 16th March 2021. The Bill was approved in Lok Sabha today.

Important features of amendments:

  1. Enhancing the upper gestation limit from 20 to 24 weeks for special categories of women which will be defined in the amendments to the MTP Rules and would include survivors of rape, victims of incest and other vulnerable women (like differently-abled women, minors) etc.
  2. The opinion of only one provider will be required up to 20 weeks of gestation and of two providers for termination of pregnancy of 20-24 weeks of gestation.
  3. Upper gestation limit not to apply in cases of substantial foetal abnormalities diagnosed by Medical Board. The composition, functions and other details of the Medical Board to be prescribed subsequently in Rules under the Act.
  4. Name and other particulars of a woman whose pregnancy has been terminated shall not be revealed except to a person authorised in any law for the time being in force.
  5. The ground of failure of contraceptive has been extended to women and her partner.
  6. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2021 is for expanding access of women to safe and legal abortion services on therapeutic, eugenic, humanitarian or social grounds. The amendments include the substitution of certain sub-sections, insertion of certain new clauses under some sections in the existing Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, with a view to increase the upper gestation limit for termination of pregnancy under certain conditions and to strengthen access to comprehensive abortion care, under strict conditions, without compromising service and quality of safe abortion.

It is a step towards the safety and well-being of the women and many women will be benefitted from this. Recently several petitions were received by the Courts seeking permission for aborting pregnancies at a gestational age beyond the present permissible limit on grounds of foetal abnormalities or pregnancies due to sexual violence faced by women. The amendments will increase the ambit and access of women to safe abortion services and will ensure dignity, autonomy, confidentiality and justice for women who need to terminate the pregnancy.

#RajyaSabha #HealthMinistry

BJP announces candidates for RS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party has announced candidates for the RajyaSabha polls which are scheduled in the month of November 2020. 

Uttar Pradesh

 - Hardeep Singh Puri
 - Arun Singh
 - Neeraj Shekhar

All the above three contestants are current Members of RajyaSabha.

 - Haridwar Dhube
 - Brujlal
 - Geeta Shakya
 - BL Varma
 - Seema Dwivedi


 - Naresh Bansal

#RajyaSabha #Uttarakhand #UttarPradesh

11 RS seats to go for polls

Election Commission of India today announced the elections for 11 Rajya Sabha seats.

Office term of 11 sitting members from Uttar Pradesh (10) and Uttarakhand (1) is due to expire on November 25th, 2020. Hence, ECI has announced 9th November as the election date to hold biennial elections to the Council of States from these two states to fill up the vacancies.

Uttar Pradesh

  1. Dr Chandrapal Singh Yadav - SP

  2. Shri Javed Ali Khan - SP

  3. Arun Singh - BJP

  4. Neeraj Shekhar - BJP

  5. P.L. Punia - Congress

  6. Hardeep Singh Puri - BJP

  7. Ravi Prakash Verma - SP

  8. Rajaram - BSP

  9. Ramgopal Yadav - BSP

  10. Veer Singh - SP


  1. Raj Babbar - INC

The Commission has also directed the Chief Secretaries concerned to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections.

#RajyaSabha #Uttarakhand #UttarPradesh

Monsoon Session of Parliament comes to an end

Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday (September 23rd) evening, bringing the Monsoon Session of Parliament to an end earlier than scheduled due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his concluding remarks, Speaker Om Birla said that the productivity of the Session was a record high of 167 per cent. 

Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday afternoon.

The session started on September 14th amid various COVID-19 centric precautions and was scheduled to end on 1st of October.

#RajyaSabha #MonsoonSessionofParliament2020 #LokSabha

Rise in number of jobs reported by recognized startups

The number of jobs self-reported by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Recognized startups, as on 6th September 2020, year-wise, for the last three years is as follows:

2017 - 49,648
2018 - 95,338
2019 - 1,54,558

This information was given by the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday (September 23rd).

#RajyaSabha #MonsoonSessionParliament2020 #PiyushGoyal #Startups

871 scheduled formulations of Essential medicines covered under price control mechanism: Centre

Government has said that The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed the ceiling prices of 871 scheduled formulations of medicines under National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), 2015. 

This information was given by Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday (September 23rd).

The fixation of ceiling price includes ceiling price of Cardiac Stents under Para 19 of the Drug Price Control Orders (DPCO), 2013 resulting in price reduction for Coronary Stents worked out up to 85 per cent for Bare Metal Stents and 74 per cent for Drug Eluting Stents, Mr Gowda said. 

Mr Gowda informed that besides Cardiac Stents, Knee Implants, 106 anti-diabetic and cardiovascular medicines and 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer medicines have also been brought under price rationalisation in public interest by exercising extra-ordinary powers under the DPCO, 2013.           

He said, the fixation of the ceiling prices by the NPPA is an on-going process. As and when the formulations are included in the National List of Essential Medicines their prices are fixed by the NPPA, Mr Gowda added. 

#RajyaSabha #MonsoonSessionParliament2020 #GovernmentofIndia #CeilingPrice #EssentialMedicines

Implementation date of quality control on toys extended

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has extended the implementation date of Quality Control Order (QCO) on toys to 1st of January 2021, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The decision was taken following requests of industry associations, a government press release said.  

As per this (QCO), it has been made compulsory for toys to conform to the corresponding Indian Standards for Safety of Toys and to bear Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Standard Mark under a licence from BIS as per Scheme-I of Schedule-II of BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018.

#RajyaSabha #Toys #MonsoonSessionParliament2020 #QualityControl

Rajya Sabha passes three labour code bills

The Rajya Sabha in its sitting today passed three labour codes namely, Industrial Relations Code, 2020 (ii) Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 and (iii) Social Security Code, 2020.

With this, the decks for enactment of these codes have been cleared as Lok Sabha had passed these Bills yesterday.

Speaking during the discussions on the bills, Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar described the Bills as historic game changer which will harmonize the needs of workers, industries and other related parties. 

These Labour Codes will prove to be an important milestone for the welfare of the workers in the country, he stated. 

#RajyaSabha #Labour #MonsoonSessionParliament2020 #LabourBills #SantoshGangwar

Productivity of Rajya Sabha has been 100.47 per cent for this session: M Venkaiah Naidu

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today said that he was duty bound to uphold the dignity of the rules, standards and values of the Upper House although the suspension of members was not a pleasant thing to do. The Rules of the House do provide for such suspension when it becomes inevitable, he pointed out. 

In his concluding remarks before Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die, eight days ahead of the schedule, Mr Naidu said while it was the right of the opposition to protest, but the question is how should it be done? 

Referring to the letter he had received from the Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and others urging the House not to pass the three labour codes, the Chairman said that there have been a number of precedents when the business was taken up as per schedule and bills were approved in the wake of boycott or walkout by some members. In this context, he cited the passage of Finance Bill and Appropriation Bill in 2013. Shri Naidu said that had the letter suggested the postponement of bill by stating that they would attend the House, he would have discussed the issue with the government. He said that there was no such assurance. On the other hand, some of the members justified what they had done. Therefore, he decided to go ahead with the bills, he said. 

Observing that though the session was satisfying in terms of productivity, the Chairman said that for the first time in the history of this august House, a notice of motion was given for the removal of the Deputy Chairman and it was rejected. He pointed out that the mandatory 14 days advance notice was not given. 

Referring to the developments surrounding this unprecedented move, he said they have been deeply painful for all those who hold the stature and the dignity of this august House dear to their hearts. He appealed to the members to ensure that such unseemly behaviour was not repeated. 

Giving a brief account of the session, he said during the 10 sittings, a total of 25 Bills were passed and six Bills introduced. The productivity of the House during this session has been 100.47 per cent, he stated. 

#RajyaSabha #MonsoonSessionParliament2020 #MVenkaiahNaidu