Parliament Session: Congress Leaders Raise Questions About Chinese Surveillance

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Monsoon Session

New Delhi

Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Rajeev Satav during the Zero Hour on Monday raised the reports of a Chinese company mining data of important persons, including government dignitaries, like Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Demand for inclusion of Punjabi among official languages in J-K

Partap Singh Bajwa of the Congress and Balwinder Singh Bhunder of SAD on Wednesday expressed concern at Punjabi being kept out of the list of official languages in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

Raising the matter in Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour, they urged the Centre for the inclusion of Punjabi among official languages.

Bajwa said Punjabi is widely spoken in Jammu and Kashmir. The state of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir have a long-standing relationship.

Bhunder said that Punjabi is spoken all over the world.”It is India’s best language,” Bhunder said.

The anomaly of leaving out Punjabi in the UT should be rectified, the SAD leader said.

Azad urges Centre to restore reservation for Engineers’ SHGs in J-K govt contracts

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday expressed concern at the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir administration to scrap the scheme of reserving a share of government contracts works for Self Help Groups of Engineers.

He urged the Centre to intervene to ensure the restoration of the scheme which provides an avenue for self-employment to engineers.

Raising the matter during Zero Hour, Azad said the scheme was started in 2003 by Congress-PDP government.

As per the scheme, the Self Help Groups of the Engineers were awarded contract works. Over the years, 15,000 engineers had acquired expertise and evolved into contractors.

He said 10 per cent of government works were reserved for these engineers.

The group of such engineers who attained expertise were awarded works up to rupees one crore.

He said that since the special status of the Jammu and Kashmir was done away with, and during the turbulence, sectors like tourism have been adversely affected. There was a loss of jobs.

The Centre must intervene immediately to restore the scheme, Azad said. -TNS

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