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New Delhi: Amid protests over the release of the December 16 gang-rape juvenile convict the Rajya Sabha is likely to take up today the Juvenile Justice Bill as the parliamentarians agreed on its discussion and passage.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told the house he had asked for a supplementary list of business to be circulated for taking up the bill.

The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014, has provisions for trial of those between 16-18 years as adults for heinous offences. The bill also says that anyone who commits a crime between 16-18 years of his age might be treated as an adult if he gets caught after attaining the age of 21.

The issue was raised in the zero-hour by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien.

“The country is watching us (as to) what we are doing. We are discussing commercial courts, real estate (bill)… much more important is the juvenile justice (bill). Put this bill on the agenda, bring this bill,” O’Brien said.

“It is incumbent upon this house to listen to what is going on outside. Let us rise above politics. Let us discuss and pass this (bill),” he added.

Cutting across party lines, members agreed on the need to pass the bill.

“I think that is the sense of the house,” Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government was in agreement to take up the bill, adding that it was listed repeatedly on several days during the ongoing winter session.

“We are ready to discuss the bill today (Monday) itself. It is listed for tomorrow as well… If the house agrees to let us discuss it today, it is a sensitive issue,” said Naqvi.

The leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, however, said, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill listed for the day should be passed first.

“As far as the juvenile justice bill is concerned, it is not listed today. It should be put in the list tomorrow (Tuesday) and discussed. Today, the SC/ST bill is there and we are committed to passing it today,” he said.

The Congress members then raised the issue of Delhi and District Cricket Association, causing an uproar and an adjournment.

When the house met again, Naidu said: “There is widespread agitation across the country. I have told my office to bring a supplementary list of business.”

He said the bill was listed on December 8, 10 and 11.

Azad, however, said: “If the government is so keen they should have listed it today. They want to give an impression that the opposition is not allowing it.”

Kurien said there should not be a “blame game” on the bill.

“When there is full agreement in the house, let us discuss and pass it,” Kurien added. (IANS), (image courtesy: blogs.reuters.com)

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Quota Reservation Bill Moved in Rajya Sabha

The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill was passed after a division with 323 members voting in its favour and three against in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday

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The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till afternoon following protests by opposition members amidst a demand that the Constitution bill providing for upper castes reservation be sent to a Select Committee for detailed consideration even as the government sought to push ahead with its passage on the last day of the winter session on Wednesday.

With Lok Sabha having passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) bill providing for 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections among the general category in government service and higher educational institutions, Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot moved it for consideration in the upper House.

CPI member D. Raja, who objected to the consideration of the bill, demanded that it be sent to a Select Committee and the House should first take a decision on it.

Madhusudhan Mistry of Congress said the Bill was not complete and told the government that it cannot have both introduction and voting on the same day. He asked what was the urgency in the passage of the Bill.

Members were also protesting against the “unilateral” extension of the session till Wednesday saying it was done without consulting the opposition. They said the Chair did not announce a day’s extension in the working days of the House nor did it seek the members’ consent.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said the Congress was raising technical issues to stall the Bill. “If you openly oppose the Bill, it is different. Otherwise, let’s have a discussion on it as it has already been introduced,” he said.

Quota reservation bill moved in Rajya Sabha.

Moving the Bill, Gehlot said the Constitution does not allow reservation on economic basis and due to that poor people in general category miss out on opportunities.

“There was a complaint by poor of the general category that they could not avail of government benefits. The decision has been taken after much consideration. This bill will uplift the poor,” he said.

He appealed to the members to pass the bill unanimously. This was followed by the start of the debate by BJP member Prabhat Jha. But as shouting and uproar continued, Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned the House till 2 p.m.

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The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill was passed after a division with 323 members voting in its favour and three against in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day too, the House was adjourned once up to noon after protests by members on the “unilateral” extension. (IANS)