New Delhi, Aug 2 : The Lok Sabha Friday passed the Dam Safety Bill aiming to institute uniform safety procedures for dams in India.
A Bill amending the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, which allows the government to tag individuals as terrorists, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Friday after a bid by the opposition parties to send it to a House panel was defeated.
After a division was called for by some members, 147 members voted in favour of the Bill while 42 voted against it.
The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill, under which the government can designate individuals as terrorists if they commit or participate in acts of terrorism, prepare for acts of terror, promote terrorism or are otherwise involved in terrorism.
The entire opposition demanded that the unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill UAPA bill should be referred to the Standing Committee because it puts the burden of proof on the accused while opposing the bill and way it was introduced.
To frame someone as a terrorist is very easy, but we don’t consider what their families go through, RJD’s Manoj Jha says while expressing his opposition to the UAPA bill.
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill (UAPA) that enables the government to designate individuals as terrorists was tabled for discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
DMK’s P Wilson demands that the bill be referred to a standing committee. “The act doesn’t state who is the officer in the Central government who will brand the person as a terrorist. The officer is not a judicial authority. The designation can happen arbitrarily,” he says.
RJD’s Manoj Kumar Jha says UAPA law draconian, arbitrary
Referring to a Shahrukh Khan starrer film on the concept of Islamophobia post 9/11 in United States, Jha said, “How many people in this country would have the privilege of saying ‘My Name is Khan and I am not a terrorist.'”
“If I criticise the government I am called an anti-national,” he says.
CPI(M)’s Elamaram Kareem against the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act says, “This will lead to large scale harassment.” He cites the previous POTA and TADA laws under which, he says, thousands of Muslims were arrested. “You don’t want the opposition to speak against you,” Kareem says in a scathing statement.
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The Trinamool Congress, for the fifth consecutive day, issued a three-line whip for all its Rajya Sabha MPs asking them to be present in the House and vote on Friday.
Bills to be taken up in Rajya Sabha:
- The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019: G Kishan Reddy, Minister of State, Home Affairs
- The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice
- The Code on Wages, 2019: Santosh Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment
Bills for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha:
- The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019: Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism
- The Dam Safety Bill, 2019: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday expressed hope that at least 23 out of 36 Bills will be passed in the two Houses by Friday.
“We want to pass all the Bills. I hope by the end of this session, on August 7, it will create new history in the passage of Bills and total working hours. The first session of 17th Lok Sabha will go down in history as (that with) highest productivity. It will create a new record,” Joshi told ANI.