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Parl panel proposal for different tax ‘codes’ for agricultural income slabs

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 12: A parliamentary panel has asked the Finance Ministry to explore different tax "codes" for different slabs of agricultural income. This will distinguish farmers with only agriculture income and those who have both farm and non-farm income for tax purposes. "A separate code for farmers who have only agricultural income and therefore, have income below the exemption limit will not serve the purpose of creating a distinction that could help determine potential cases of tax avoidance and money laundering through agricultural activities", the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)...

Parl panel examining bill on marriage age of women gets another extension

New Delhi, January 29: A parliamentary committee examining a bill seeking to raise the age of marriage of women from the present 18 years to 21 has been given another extension to table its report. The Budget session of Parliament beginning January 31 is the last session of the present Lok Sabha before parliamentary elections are announced. The committee will now finalise its report by May following the four-month extension while the term of the 17th Lok Sabha ends on June 16. The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021,...

Parl panel slams Centre for failure to conduct proper study on internet shutdowns

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 12: A parliament panel has criticised the Centre for its failure to do a proper study on internet shutdowns in the economy. There have been 782 incidents of such shutdowns since 2012, with 90 in 2023, according to the Software Freedom Law Centre. Jammu and Kashmir leads the list with 427 incidents, with the longest for 552 days from the evening of August 4, 2019, to February 6, 2021. The House panel has asked the Government to assess the impact of such blackouts on the economy and...

Law on assault of public servant: Parl panel suggests punishment be reduced to 1 year

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 30: A parliamentary panel has recommended that the 2-year imprisonment given to anyone who assaults or uses criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty should be reduced to 1 year after taking into account submissions of some MPs that the law is widely "misused". The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by BJP member Brij Lal, made the recommendation after examining the 3 proposed criminal laws. In its report, the panel noted that some members of the Committee submitted that Section 353...

Parl panel demands immediate Govt. intervention in wrestlers’ issue

NEW DELHI, JUNE 2: The Standing Committee members of Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports met on Thursday to discuss the issues of wrestlers and the opposition leaders demanded immediate Government intervention in the matter. Talking to ANI, a member of the committee said, "We have raised the issues before the Chairman of the Committee and sought immediate intervention from the Government." According to a member of the Committee, the members of the opposition parties in the meeting demanded that the Chairman of the Committee should write a letter to...

Parl panel to hear representatives of Civil Aviation Ministry on ‘fixing of airfares’

NEW DELHI, MAY 8: Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture will on Monday hear representatives of the Ministry of Civil Aviation on the issue of 'fixing of airfares'. The agenda of the meeting also includes considering and adopting draft reports on - 'Heritage Theft - The Illegal Trade in Indian Antiquities and the Challenges of Retrieving and Safeguarding Our Tangible Cultural Heritage' and 'Development of Greenfield and Brownfield Airports and Issues pertaining to Civil Enclaves in Defence Airports'. The meeting of committee members to hear Civil Aviation Ministry...

Tourism Ministry has no roadmap to leverage G20 opportunity promote tourism increase forex: Parl panel

New Delhi, March 13: A parliamentary standing committee has rued the lack of a clear roadmap from the Tourism Ministry to leverage the opportunity presented to the country in view of its presidentship of the G20 to increase tourist footfalls. The report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, which was submitted on Monday, stated the ministry should have also set aside a budget for promotional activities for G20. "The committee also feels that the ministry does not have a roadmap to leverage the G20 opportunity...
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