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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES - June 2020

Jun 2020

Aug 11, 2021

LS Clears Bill to Allow States to Draw up their Own OBC List

  • Lok Sabha passed a constitutional amendment bill to restore the powers of the states to make their own OBC lists, with 385 members voting in its favour and no member opposing it.
  • Some amendments moved by opposition members were rejected by the House.
  • A constitutional amendment bill requires a special majority for passage in both Houses of Parliament.
  • There should be a majority of the total membership of the House and a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of that House present and voting.

Aug 10, 2021

Lok Sabha Passes Three Bills

  • The government pushed through six Bills, three of which were passed, in the Lok Sabha despite Opposition protests.
  • The Bills passed are Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
  • The government also introduced three Bills, including the National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021, and the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Aug 08, 2021

Ladakh Launches 'Pani Maah' to Raise Awareness about Clean Water

  • 'Pani Maah' or water month has been launched in Ladakh to inform villagers about the importance of clean water. The Ladakh government has also announced a reward of Rs. 2.5 million for the first block in each district that achieves the status of 'Har Ghar Jal'. 'Pani Maah' campaign will adopt a three-pronged approach — focussing on water quality testing, planning and strategizing water supply, and seamless functioning of Pani Sabha in villages.

Aug 07, 2021

Lok Sabha Passes Law to Nullify Retrospective Tax

  • The Lok Sabha passed without any discussion the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021, that aims to nullify the relevant retrospective tax clauses introduced in 2012 to bring past indirect transfer of Indian assets under the ambit of taxation amid Opposition protests on the Pegasus snooping controversy and the three central farm laws.
  • "The Bill is being brought to keep up the word given by former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, keeping up the commitment of the BJP that we don't believe in a retrospective collection of tax. We are keeping that word," said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while moving the legislation for consideration and passage amid the din.
  • The House also passed in a jiffy the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021, before Rajendra Agarwal, who was in the Chair, adjourned the House.

Aug 06, 2021

RS Clears 3 Crucial Bills

  • The Upper House of the Parliament passed three bills amid protest by the opposition members who have been demanding discussion on the Pegasus snooping allegations, farm laws and rise in fuel price.
  • The government managed to pass three bills between brief adjournments -- The Constitution (Scheduled Tribe) Order (Amendment) Bill, The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, The Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021.
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