Lok Sabha passed the Constitutional (122ndAmendment) Bill, 2014 to rollout the Goods and Services Tax (GST). 19 members had participated in the debate
yesterday. The Finance Minister in his reply today addressed the concerns of
the members with regard to compensation, additional 1% tax levied, among other
The Bill was finally passed by the Lower House
with 352 ayes and 37 noes, securing more than 2/3rd
majority present and voting. Such a
special majority, for constitutional amendment bills is a requirement as per
Article 368. The Bill will now have to be passed by the Upper House with the
same 2/3rd majority, present and voting and then be ratified by not
less than one half of the State legislatures.
Discussion on the Juvenile Justice Bill began in
Lok Sabha. The Bill replaces the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of
Children) Act, 2000. It addresses
children in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection. Several members during the debate raised
concerns about the constitutional violations in the Bill regarding separate
treatment of juveniles based on date of apprehension (Right to equality).
Members also pointed out that differential treatment to juveniles is not in accordance with the UNCRC, ratified by India, and mentioned in the Bill’s Statement of Objective Reasons.
The Minister of Finance also introduced the
Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the lower house.
Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution (119thAmendment) Bill, 2013. The Bill amends the First Schedule of the Constitution
to ratify an agreement entered into by India and Bangladesh on the acquiring
and transfer of territories between the two countries on May 16, 1974.
The Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2014
was also passed by Rajya Sabha. The Bill
increases pecuniary jurisdiction of the high court of Delhi. The Delhi high court as the Bill
provides will now have jurisdiction over suits which are above the value of Rs 2 crore.
The Upper House decided that the Real Estate
(Regulation and Development) Bill be sent to a Select Committee. The Committee must submit its report by the
first week of the Monsoon Session. To know more about the features and related issues you can read our detailed analysis here.