Lok Sabha to discuss Triple Talaq Bill on 27 Dec

Lok Sabha to discuss Triple Talaq Bill on 27 December 

Speaker takes up The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, popularly known as the Triple Talaq Bill. Mallikarjun Kharge requests the Lok Sabha Speaker to take the Bill on December 27. I give you a commitment that Congress party will participate in the discussion on the Bill, he says.

Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad says he respects Mr. Kharge and expects the Congress leader to assure the proceeding will be held peacefully. He also requests the members to take up the Bill is a peaceful and sanguine manner. Mr. Kharge gives assurance again.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Lok Sabha.

N.K. Premachandran has sought permission to move statutory resolution against the Bill. He says he will move the resolution on 27th itself. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar agrees to the change of schedule.

Noteworthy, for the eighth consecutive day, the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were washed out due to disruptions caused by members from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh over various issues. The war of words between Congress and BJP members also contributed to the adjournment.

The Lok Sabha, too, witnessed two adjournments, but the lower Houses passed two key Bills — The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018, and The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018. While the former awaits upper House’s clearance, the latter will now be sent to the President for his approval.

-DECEMBER 20, 2018

Lok Sabha passes bill to hike salaries of judges

Lok Sabha passes bill to hike salaries of judges

The Lok Sabha (Lok Sabha passed a bill to hike the salaries of judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts. The Bill proposes to hike the salary of the Chief Justice of India to ₹ 2.80 lakh a month, and that of judges of the Supreme Court and Chief Justices of High Courts to ₹ 2.5 lakh a month. Judges of High Courts will draw a salary of ₹ 2.25 lakh a month once this Bill becomes law.

The Rajya Sabha has to pass the Bill by Friday, the last day of this session, failing which it will spill on to the budget session.

Separation of powers

The salary hike, in line with the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for officers of all-India services, will come into force with effect from January 1, 2016.

The discussion on the Bill saw members express concern over what they saw as threats to separation of powers, calls for hiked salaries for MPs, and even for reservation in the judiciary.

All-India Judicial Service

Replying to the debate, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad expressed his support for the idea of an All-India Judicial Service on the lines of the Indian Administrative Service for drawing the best legal minds to the judiciary. He said reservation could become a reality if such a service comes up.

He expressed concern over the Supreme Court setting aside the National Judicial Appointments Commission on the plea that the presence of the Law Minister would mean a judge appointed through the process may not be fair when hearing a case against the government. Mr. Prasad said some of the finest judges were appointed in times when the Law Minister was part of the process of appointment.

Making a strong pitch for separation of powers between the legislature, executive and judiciary, Mr. Prasad said this was part of the basic structure of the Constitution none could violate, adding that only those who were accountable could legislate. “Governance and accountability go together,” he said.

He also referred to the pendency of judges’ vacancies, adding that the government could fill the vacancies only when the collegium made recommendations.

He said there were six vacancies in the Supreme Court and while the process was on to fill 129 vacancies in High Courts, there were 269 vacant posts of High Court judges for which no recommendations by the collegium had been received. “It is the responsibility of the judiciary to fill these,” Mr. Prasad said.