RS may discuss vacancies in statutory panels today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Mar 2017 12:14:04


Mar 29,


THE Rajya Sabha may on Thursday discuss non-filling up of vacancies in statutory commissions for SCs, STs, Backward Classes and Minorities and the delay in the process. For the third day in a row, the issue figured when the House met for the day with Opposition SP and BSP members raising the issue. Deputy Chairman PJKurien said the notices under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to discuss the issue have been rejected and the Opposition can give notice for a short- duration discussion, which will be considered. RamgopalYadav(SP)saidsuch a notice will be given provided the Chair agrees for a discussion on Thursday.

Kurien at first said a proper notice should be given which will be considered by the Chair, but when Yadav persisted that the Chair should give an assurance that the notice will be accepted and discussion held tomorrow, the Deputy Chairman said,“OK.” Opposition members resumed their places after this and listed business was taken up. Call drops have come down, says Manoj Sinha THE instances of call drops have declined over a period of time and various steps have been taken to address the issue, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday.

The telecom service providers have also been asked to improve the coverage of sign al by installing more Base Transceiver Stations (BTS), he told the Lok Sabha. During Question Hour, Sinha said the instances of call drops have reduced over a period of time and measures, including establishing an Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS), have been taken to deal with the issue. With respect to signal blindspots in wireless network, the Minister said it is a “natural phenomenon” which may happen due to various reasons including poorradio coverage and loading of available spectrum. 524 fast track courts are functional AS many as 524 fast-track courts are function alin the country and the Centre is trying to sensitise state Governments to set up more such courts, UnionMinisterRavi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.

The Minister of Law and Justice also emphasised that the 14th Finance Commission has endorsed the proposal to strengthen the judicial system, includingby settingup1,800 fast track courts. There are 524 functional fast track courts in the country while some states do not have any such court, according to data provided by the Minister as part of a written reply.

Members from Kerala protested claiming that the data showing the state did not have any fast track court was wrong. Of them, 183 are in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra (100), Tamil Nadu(39),Andhra Pradesh (38) and Telangana (34),the data showed. During Question Hour, Prasad said the Centra lGovernment was trying to sensitise state Governments to establish more fast track courts as “infrastructure development” was the responsibility of the States. “Setting up of subordinate courts,including fast track courts,