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Demonetisation row: After BJP's objections, PAC says PM Narendra Modi will not be summoned on notes ban

Demonetisation row: After BJP's objections, PAC says PM Narendra Modi will not be summoned on notes ban

Virtually rejecting its Chairman K V Thomas' view, the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament Friday decided that the Prime Minister will not be called before it after BJP members strongly objected to the Congress leader's remarks that he may be asked to appear over the demonetisation issue.

PAC mulling whether hearings can be opened to media: Thomas

A sub-committee of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is studying whether the proceedings of the key panel should be opened for media to "ensure more transparency" in its functioning.

Congress forms five-member committee to examine bills, debates in Parl

The Congress on Wednesday formed a five-member committee to examine the ongoing bills and debates in the Parliament on specific issues.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pitches for new Parliament building

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pitches for new Parliament building

India may get a new Parliament building with latest technological facilities as a proposal has been mooted by Lok Sabha Speaker who has said the existing 88-year-old structure is showing signs of "distress" and will no longer be able to meet the growing demand for space.

India imported 8,041 tonnes of onion in Sept-Nov: Thomas

India imported more than 8,041 tonnes of onions during the period between September 1 and November 13 to contain the rise in the vegetable's prices, Parliament was informed Monday.

Onion prices to soften by early next month: Thomas

"Onion prices will begin normalising by end of this month or early next month as more produce will come from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu," Thomas said.

Onion prices will come down in 15-20 days: Govt

Giving a message of hope to consumers, government Saturday said onion prices will come down in the next 15-20 days with the arrival of new crops from various southern states.

No proposal under consideration to ban onion exports: Thomas

Government is not considering any proposal to ban onion exports as the hike in price of the commodity is not because of outward shipments, Food Minister K V Thomas said Friday.

FMC to probe National Spot Exchange matter: Thomas

As a crisis loomed large over the future of National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL), Food and Consumer Affairs Minister K V Thomas Thursday said the commodity regulator FMC has been asked to look into the matter.

Govt plans to hike sugar import duty to 15%

The government plans to increase import duty on sugar to 15 percent from the current 10 per percent in order to curb shipments and clear sugarcane arrears to farmers estimated at about Rs 9,000 crore.

Govt not to hike import duty on sugar in this marketing year

Amid demand from sugar mills for duty hike to curb imports of the sweetener, Food Minister K V Thomas Friday ruled out such a possibility during the current marketing year ending September and said the government will take a decision on the issue after that.

Thomas rules out Ordinance on Food Bill

Food Minister K V Thomas Thursday virtually ruled out bringing an Ordinance on the National Food Security Bill and favoured discussion on the proposed legislation in the coming session of Parliament.

Food Bill to be presented in Parliament today

Under the revised Food Security Bill which was approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, 67 percent of India’s population will have the right to get a monthly quota of 5 kg of foodgrains at highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg.

Nearly 26 lakh tonnes of wheat exported so far from govt stock

State-owned trading companies MMTC, STC and PEC have so far exported 25.58 lakh tonnes of wheat from the government godowns out of 45 lakh tonnes allowed by the Centre, Food Minister K V Thomas said Monday.

Wheat procurement may go up by 15% to touch record 44 mn tonne

The government's wheat purchase is expected to touch 44 million tonne in the 2013-14 marketing year starting April, surpassing last year's record of 38.1 million tonne, Food Minister K V Thomas said Tuesday.

Govt revises Food bill, sends to Law Min for vetting

Government has revised the Food bill and now proposes to give legal right to over 5 kg of foodgrains at Rs 1-3 per kg per month to about 70 percent of the population as suggested by the Parliamentary panel, Food Minister K V Thomas said Tuesday.

Food Bill needs more debate to plug loopholes: CACP chief

A discussion paper co-authored by CACP chief Ashok Gulati has exposed lacunae in the Food Bill and suggested further debate on long-term feasibility of the Congress' big-ticket social welfare programme.

Inflation in India higher than other BRICS nations: Thomas

Inflation in India is higher as compared to other BRICS countries, Food Minister K V Thomas informed Parliament on Tuesday.

Report on sugar decontrol not to remain on backburner: Thomas

The government will take a time- bound decision on the Rangarajan committee's recommendations on freeing sugar industry and its report will not be put on "backburner", Food Minister K V Thomas said Monday.

'Govt to implement end-to end computerisation of food supply'

It is part of govt's efforts to fine-tune the Public Distribution System in the country.