Articles by PRS Team - July, 2019

The Rajya Sabha was recently disrupted over referring the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill to a Select Committee. The decision to refer it was defeated by vote and the Bill was passed. In light of this, this article looks at why parliamentary committees are...
Beyond leaders’ speeches, there’s not much of parliamentary history. For instance, what was the mood in Lok Sabha when Vajpayee lost confidence motion by one vote? Nearly 500 Members of Parliament have passed away in the last fifteen years, 25 of them belonged to...
A robust lawmaking process requires thorough scrutiny by Parliament. Such scrutiny should not be impacted by either the strength of numbers in Parliament or political agreement on issues. Earlier this week, the Rajya Sabha was witness to acrimonious scenes during...
The prolonged political crisis in Karnataka has demonstrated the ways in which the nearly 35-year-old anti-defection law can be used and abused. Here’s how the law was enacted, and how it has performed. The political crisis that began in Karnataka with the...
देश की संसद डीएनए तकनीक के उपयोग का नियमन करने के लिए एक कानून पारित करने वाली है। हर व्यक्ति का डीएनए अनोखा होता है, तो इसका उपयोग व्यक्ति की सुनिश्चित पहचान के लिए किया जा सकता है। वैश्विक रूप से इस तकनीक का उपयोग सुरक्षा एजेंसियां भगोड़ों और अपराध पीड़ितों की पहचान के...
The law goes well beyond criminal matters and regulates civilian and medical use of DNA. Parliament | DNA law | Combined DNA Index System Parliament is set to pass a law to regulate the use of DNA technology. Since the DNA of a person is...
The Supreme Court has held that it is the Speaker’s discretion to decide on the resignations of the 15 dissident MLAs belonging to the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government of Karnataka as and when he considers appropriate. What is the right course of...
In its first session, the 17th Lok Sabha has been working late into the evening on most days. On two days, the Lok Sabha even worked until midnight. The Narendra Modi government intends to get Parliament’s approval on 40 bills before the two houses...
Bypassing Parliament scrutiny The inclusion of non-tax proposals in the Finance Bill undermines the legislative process. The Finance Bill of 2019, in addition to amending the tax laws, also amends several other laws unrelated to taxation The first Budget...
Aadhaar Bill now makes it possible for individuals to file complaints under certain circumstances such as impersonation instead of just allowing the UIDAI to file complaints. One of the key legislation passed in the current session of Parliament is The Aadhaar...
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget for the financial year 2019-20 in parliament on July 5, 2019. In the 2019-20 budget, the government presented the estimates of its expenditure and receipts for the year 2019-20. The Budget also gave an...