No compromise on privacy: Cabinet

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 that deals with the privacy and security of data of Indian citizens.

The Bill is likely to be introduced in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that it was a very important Bill and deals with data protection.

He said that it will look at how the interests of the people and the country are handled. Central government had constituted a committee of experts on data protection, chaired by Justice (retd) BN Srikrishna to study various issues relating to data protection and come out with the Data Protection Bill.

The Srikrishna Committee had brought out a draft Personal Data Protection Bill.

Welfare of Parents, Senior Citizens bill to be amended

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Bill to amend an Act concerning the welfare of senior citizens and parents which seeks to expand some existing definitions such as maintenance, welfare, children and parents. The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was approved by the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Bill seeks to amend the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. It provides for the registration of senior citizens care homes and home-care service agencies and minimum standards for senior citizen care homes.

Withdrawal of J&K Reservation Bill approved by cabinet

The Union Cabinet approved the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill on Wednesday. I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said that it was a very important Bill and deals with the data protection of citizens. The Central government had constituted a committee of experts on data protection, chaired by Justice (retd) BN Srikrishna to study various issues relating to data protection and come out with the Data Protection Bill.

Cabinet extends SC/ST quota for another 10 years

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal to extend the reservation of Schedule Castes (SC) and Schedule Tribes (ST) in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for another 10 years, sources said.

The current reservation provision was set to expire on January 25, 2020. The move was set in motion after a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) top brass, sources had informed earlier.

According to the Ministry of Law and Justice, Article 334 of the Constitution lays down that the provisions of the Constitution relating to the reservation of seats for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the representation of the Anglo-Indian community by nomination in the Lok Sabha and in the Legislative Assemblies of the states shall cease to have effect on the expiration of a period of thirty years from the commencement of the Constitution.

Although the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes have made considerable progress in the last thirty years, the reasons which weighed with the Constituent Assembly in making provisions with regard to the aforesaid reservation of seats and nomination of members, have not ceased to exist.

It was therefore proposed to continue the reservation for SC AND ST and the representation of Anglo-Indians by the nomination for a further period of ten years.