Members from both Houses
made submissions commemorating International Women’s Day. During their speeches
members raised concerns about various issues like domestic violence, girl child
mortality, child marriage, girl’s education etc. Several members also
emphasized on the need for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill and
encouraging greater role of women in levels of local governance.
The Minister of
Finance made a statement in the Lower House regarding 'the issue of tax
proposals for EPF/Superannuation Fund'. In Budget 2016-17, a proposal had been
made that 60% of the corpus of the Employee Provident Fund will be taxed at the
time of the withdrawal unless it is invested in an annuity scheme (like
pension). However, the Minister in his speech today withdrew this tax proposal.
The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016 replacing an Ordinance currently in force
was introduced. The Bill amends the Enemy Property Act, 1968 and the Public
Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971. The 1968 Act appoints an office of the central
government as the custodian of enemy properties i.e. properties which had been
taken over by the central government from citizens of countries that India was
at war with (Pakistan and China). The Bill expands the powers of the custodian
to allow for permanent vesting of property with themselves.
Discussion on Motion
of Thanks to the President’s Address continued in Rajya Sabha. The Prime
Minister is scheduled to reply tomorrow.
The Bureau of Indian Standard Bill, 2015 was also taken up for discussion in the Upper House. The
Bill replaces the Act of 1986 and seeks to establish the Bureau of Indian
Standards as the national standards body and addresses mandatory standardization
of products. The Bill has previously been passed by Lok Sabha.
Both Houses were
sitting at the time of sending this report.