Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2013

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Current Status: Passed by Lok Sabha on September 06, 2013; Passed by RajyaSabha on August 22, 2013. Ministry: Law and Justice

Highlights Of The Bill:
• The Bill seeks to amend the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959

• It seeks to exclude the Chairperson of the National Commission for the Scheduled
Castes and the Chairperson of the National Commission for the Scheduled Tribes
from incurring any disqualification from being an MP.

The amendment to the 1959 Act reflects the change brought about by the Constitution
(Eighty - ninth Amendment) Act, 2003. The constitutional amendment bifurcated the
National Commission for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes into two independent
Commissions: the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes and the National
Commission for the Scheduled Tribes. Hence, the amendment to the 1959 Act was necessary
to exclude the Chairperson of these two Commissions from incurring any disqualification
from being an MP.
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