New Delhi: The 250th session of Rajya Sabha began on Monday and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the House saying the Upper House comes second but it shouldn’t be made secondary as it has made some historic decisions.
Today some crucial and controversial bills will be tabled including The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019.
The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019, passed in the Lok Sabha in August, seeks to remove the Congress president as a permanent member of a trust that runs the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial amid a walkout by the Congress. Through a voice vote, the bill was passed in the Lok Sabha.
The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 seeks to ban commercial surrogacy in the country and this bill was passed in the Lok Sabha in August. The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 stipulates that surrogacy boards must be set up at national and state levels. The bill also says that the intending couples should not abandon a child born from surrogacy under any condition.
Two bills will be tabled for withdrawal – The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 1987 and The National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill, 2011.
On day one, Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur, sought to reconsider the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. The Chit Funds Amendment Bill (2019) amends the 1982 Act to substitute the names of certain terms in the Act, and to allow subscribers to join via teleconferencing when the chit is drawn. According to the Chit Funds Act of 1982, it regulates chit funds and prohibits fund from being generated without prior sanction of a state government. This shall ensure transparency in chit fund schemes and protect subscribers.