Winter Session, 2021
⇒ The Winter Session, 2021 of Parliament which commenced on 29th November, 2021 and was scheduled to adjourn on 23rd of December, 2021 has been adjourned sine die on 22nd December 2021.
During the Session, 13 Bills (12 Bills in Lok Sabha and 1 Bill in Rajya Sabha) were introduced. 11 Bills were passed by both the Houses of Parliament which includes one appropriation Bill relating to the Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2021- 22 which was passed by Lok Sabha, transmitted to Rajya Sabha.
Some of the important Bills including three ordinances replacing Bills passed by Houses of Parliament are as under:
» The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021:
The bill was introduced and passed to repeal the three farm laws passed by Parliament in September, 2020 with the objective of overall development of farmers.
Three Bills are:
- Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020
- The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020
- The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020
» The Dam Safety Bill, 2021:
The Bill provides for surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of the specified dam for prevention of dam failure related disasters and to provide for institutional mechanism to ensure their safe functioning and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
» The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulations) Bill, 2021:
The Bill provides for establishment of the National Board, the State Boards and the National Registry for the regulation and supervision of the assisted reproductive technology clinics and the assisted reproductive technology banks, prevention of misuse, safe and ethical practice of assisted reproductive technology services and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
» The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2021:
The Bill provides for regulation of surrogacy services in the country, to prohibit the potential exploitation of surrogate mothers and to protect the rights of children born through surrogacy.
» The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021:
The Bill provides to bring clarity that the institutes established as well as any other similar institute to be established under the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act shall be institutes of national importance and to establish a central body, to be called the Council to ensure coordinated development of pharmaceutical education and research and maintenance of standards, etc and also to rationalise the Board of Governors of each such institute and to widen the scope and number of courses run by such institutes.
» The High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2021:
The Bill provides benefit of additional quantum of pension to a retired Judge from the first day of the month in which he completes the age specified in the first column of the scale and not from the first day of his entering the age specified therein as so interpreted by the High Courts.
» The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021:
The Bill seeks to rectify the anomaly in section 27A of the Act by substituting’ clause (viiib)’ in place of ‘clause (viiia)’ in section 27Awith a view to have correct interpretation and implementation of the NDPS Act.
» The Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2021:
The Bill provides for extension of tenure of Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation by up to one year at a time in public interest, till the completion of five years in total including the period mentioned in the initial appointment.
» The Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021:
The Bill provides for extension of tenure of Director of the Directorate of Enforcement by up to one year at a time in public interest, till the completion of five years in total including the period mentioned in the initial appointment.
» The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021:
The Bill provides linking of electoral roll data with the Aadhaar ecosystem to curb the menace of multiple enrolment of the same person in different places.
INS Khukri was decommissioned
⇒ INS Khukri, the first of the indigenously built Missile Corvettes, was decommissioned after 32 years of glorious service on 23 December 2021.
The corvette was built by the Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders on 23 August 1989 and had the distinction of being part of both the Western and Eastern Fleets. The ship was commissioned in Mumbai.
During her service, the ship traversed a distance of over 6,44,897 nautical miles, which is equivalent to navigating around the world 30 times or 3 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
Director General, Project Seabird
⇒ Vice Admiral Tarun Sobti, VSM assumed charge as Director General, Project Seabird/ IHQ MoD (Navy) from Vice Admiral Puneet K Bahl, AVSM, VSM on 24 December 2021.
Vice Admiral Tarun Sobti was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 July 1988.
National Consumer Day 2021
⇒ In India, National Consumer Rights Day or National Consumer Day or Bharatiya Grahak Diwas is celebrated annually on 24 December.
The Consumer Protection Bill was passed in 1986. December 24 was marked as the National Consumer Day under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
The purpose of the day is to make consumers aware of their rights and responsibilities.
The Department of Consumer Affairs celebrated the National Consumer Day 2021 with the theme “Consumer – Know your Rights”.
- World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated on March 15.