Lok Sabha continued discussion on the demands for grants of
the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The Minister, Mr. Thaawarchand
Gehlot replied at the end of the debate.

The Lower House also took up discussion on the
demands for
grants of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism. During the debate,
members raised their concerns regarding the poor financial health of
Air India,
the presence of multiple regulators, need for competitive framework in
the
sector, among other things.

Rajya Sabha saw disruptions during the first half of the
day. Members of the opposition raised the issue of anomalies in the Gujarat
petroleum corporation. The Leader of the House however stated that the issue was being
examined by the Public Accounts Committee in the state and it would not be appropriate
for the Upper House to take it up for discussion.

During the second half, Rajya Sabha passed the Mines
and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill
. The Bill allows
for the transfer of mining leases which have been granted through procedures
other than auction, and where the minerals are used for captive purpose.

Rajya Sabha also took up discussion on the Appropriation
Bill to pass the Railways Budget. The Minister replied at the end of the
debate.

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