Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day after repeated
disruptions.

The Standing Committee examining the Waqf Properties(Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Bill submitted its report. The Committee recommended that the Bill should also cover unauthorised occupation by public and
private institutions, in addition to individuals.  It also suggested that the Bill specify the
time period within which the tribunal is to dispose of appeals.

The Committee scrutinizing the National Waterways Bill alsopresented its report. The Committee observed that declaring 101 new National
Waterways through this legislation would reduce the time taking procedure of
declaring waterways through individual legislations. However, the Committee
also pointed out that many of the proposed national waterways, as contained in
the Schedule of the Bill, do not have enough water levels throughout the year
as they are rain-fed rivers and must be looked into.

Additionally, the report of the Joint Committee on Offices
of Profit was also presented in Parliament today.

Lok Sabha took up discussion on an Adjournment Motion moved
by the opposition, regarding the ‘action taken by the government on the
reported involvement and admission of the Union Minister for assistance given
to a fugitive’.  The Finance Minister replied
to the debate after members from across parties spoke.

Adjournment Motions is a procedure available to members to
draw the attention of the government and criticise its decision in an urgent
matter.

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The house was sitting at the time of sending this report. 

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