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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES - June 2020

Jun 2020

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.

Aug 05, 2021

RS Passes Limited Liability Partnership Amendment Bill

  • The Rajya Sabha passed the Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to encourage the start-up ecosystem and further boost ease of doing business, amid uproar by the opposition on Pegasus snooping row and other issues.
  • The bill, which was passed after a short debate, seeks to decriminalise 12 offences under the law and help to improve the ease of doing business by amending the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Act, 2008.
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moved the bill for consideration and passage. The bill was introduced in the House last week.
  • The proposed bill seeks to reduce the total number of penal provisions under the LLP Act to 22, compoundable offences to 7, non-compoundable offences to 3 and the number of defaults to be dealt with under the 'In-House Adjudication Mechanism' will be only 12.

Aug 04, 2021

Lok Sabha Passes Essential Defence Services Bill

  • The Lok Sabha passed the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021, that allows the government to prohibit strikes, mass casual leave and lockouts in essential defence services establishments.
  • All offences punishable under the Bill will be cognisable and non-bailable. Persons commencing or participating in illegal strikes will be punished with up to one-year imprisonment or Rs 10,000 fine, or both.
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