Parliament Highlights: Opposition urge Centre to send Dam Safety Bill to select committee for scrutiny

Indian Express, December 3, 2021

Parliament Highlights: Opposition parties, including the Congress, the TMC and the DMK, demanded from the government in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the Dam Safety Bill, 2019 be sent to a parliamentary select committee, saying it needs scrutiny as it is “unconstitutional and encroaches upon the states’ rights”.

The bill seeks to provide for surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of specified dams for the prevention of dam failure related disasters and an institutional mechanism to ensure their safe functioning, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. It was passed by the Lok Sabha in 2019.

Earlier today, several Opposition parties staged a walkout in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday over the issue of inflation as well as the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha Members.

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