Lok Sabha passed the Constitution Scheduled Castes Order
Bill. The Bill modifies the list of
Scheduled Castes in respect of Odisha.
After the passage of the Bill, the Lower House took up
Private Member Business.
In Rajya Sabha, general discussion on the Union Budget
concluded and the Minister of Finance replied.
The Minister of Law and Justice, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad also
replied to the debate in the Upper House on electoral reforms. During the
debate, members highlighted several issues such as paid news, security of EVMs,
holding of simultaneous elections, political funding etc. In his reply, the
Minister addressed some of these issues.
Weighing in on the issue of ensuring the security of EVMs, the Minister
stated that the government shall assist the ECI in introducing VVPAT (Voter
Verified Paper Audit Trail) in a phased manner.
Further he added that the idea of simultaneous elections should be
debated and consensus shall have to be built.
The Upper House also took up discussion on the working of
the Ministry of Railways.