Parliament of India Current Affairs - 2019

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Vice President unveils 15-point reform on Parliament Functioning

On October 29, 2019, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu unveiled a 15-point reform charter for a new political normal to enable effective functioning of the Parliament and State Legislatures.

The Charter

  • The pre and post Legislative Impact should be assessed
  • The functioning of Department related Standing Committees of Parliament should be ensured through longer tenures instead of reconstitution every year as at present. The recommendations to the committee should be based on academic backgrounds.
  • The minimum number of sittings for both the Parliament and State Legislatures per year should be approximately prescribed
  • The law makers should abide by the rules of the house. The political parties should take responsibility be enforcing a code of conduct
  • Rules should be framed that take automatic effect against erring members in case of interruptions and disruptions
  • The political parties should ensure at least 50% attendance of the members of legislatures everyday to address the issues of lack of quorum
  • The secretariats of legislatures should publish regular reports on the attendance of members during the proceedings.
  • The functioning of anti-defection law and whip system should be reviewed

Government launches Logo and Brochure of Logix India

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu launched logo and brochure of Logix India 2019 in New Delhi. Logix India 2019 is scheduled to take place in New Delhi from 31stJanuary to 2nd February 2019. It is being organized by Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

Logix India 2019

It aims to serve as major initiative to improve logistics cost effectiveness and operational efficiencies for India’s global trade. It will enable effective international trade logistics and help provide efficient and cost-effective flow of goods on which other commercial sectors depend

Over 20 countries are going to participate in this event. Through Logix India 2019, FIEO will also focus on investment opportunities in infrastructure development, technology integration, warehouse consolidation and IT enablement andskilling of manpower at the three-day meet.

Need for integrated Logistics sector development

The logistics cost in India is very high compared to developed countries. High cost reduces competitiveness of Indian goods both in domestic as well as export market. Logistics sector is expected to grow to US $360 billion by 2032 from current US $115 billion. Increasing globalization of Indian economy, along with renewed manufacturing vigour attributed to Make in India Campaign and growth of e-commerce business all forecast rapid growth in Indian logistics sector. India was ranked 44 in World Bank Logistics Performance Index 2018. As per Economic Survey 2017-18, India’s logistics industry which is worth around US $160 billion is likely to touch US $215 billion in the next two years. This sector provides employment to more than 22 million people and is expected to grow at rate of 10.5% over the next 5 years. Logistics is also backbone of India’s international trade and will help in diversification of not only India’s export basket but also of products and countries.