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Parliament Monsoon Sesh Day 2 talks floods, children, Mumbai HC bill

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Members in Rajya Sabha yesterday called the attention of the Minister on the situation arising due to floods in the country and the preventive measures taken by the government etc. During the debate members highlighted several issues like blockade of roadways in hilly areas, the need for  better water management. The Minister of State,Home Affairs,Mr. Kirren Rijiju replied at the end of the debate and assured the house that the central government will be giving all financial and logistical support to the states.

The Upper House took up discussion on the Child Labour (Amendment) Bill, 2012. In 2015 the government had circulated amendments to this Bill.

The Bill prohibits employment of adolescents (person between 14-18 years) in hazardous occupations. Further the Bill seeks to prohibit employment of children below 14 years in all occupations except where the child helps his family after school hours or is working in the audiovisual entertainment industry. During the debate several members raised their concerns about these exceptions.

The Standing Committee which had previously examined the Bill in 2013 had recommended that all exceptions should be removed. Employment of children below 14 years should be prohibited in all occupations where there is a subordinate relationship of work and labour. A comparison of the Bill, Standing Committee Recommendations and 2015 amendments can be found here.

Six bills were introduced in Lok Sabha. These were - The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, the High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Subsequently, the Lower House took up the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill and the Dentists (Amendment) Bill for discussion. These Bills are related to the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET). They introduce a uniform entrance examination for all dental and medical colleges at the undergraduate and the post-graduate level. States have been given an option to opt out of the uniform entrance examination for 2016-17. For states opting out, the Bills specify that the exam will not be applicable to state seats in both public and private institutions at the undergraduate level.

Both the houses were sitting at the time of sending this report.

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