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Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (2nd Amendment) Bill with others referred to concerned standing committees for further examination

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The bill prohibits the termination of government’s grant like existing licence, permit, registration, concession etc. on the ground of insolvency with a restriction of no default in payment for the continuation of such grants.

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill has been referred to the standing committee on Finance after its introduction in Lok Sabha during winter session by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on December 12, 2019.

Lok Sabha Speaker has referred this bill to the standing committee and has asked to submit the report within three months after examining the substance of the bankruptcy code bill.  Former minister of state for Finance Jayant Sinha chairs the standing committee on Finance.

Lok Sabha secretariat said in a bulletin, ‘Members are informed that the Speaker, Lok Sabha has referred the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019, as introduced in Lok Sabha, to the Standing Committee on Finance for examination and report within three months’.

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill has been introduced to amend the previous Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, making resolving process for insolvency in companies and individuals in phased-manner within proper time-schedule.

The bill prohibits the termination of government’s grant like existing licence, permit, registration, concession etc. on the ground of insolvency with a restriction of no default in payment for the continuation of such grants. The bill also makes a safety-net for immunity against the crimes committed by corporate debtors before the resolution process begins. The bill also provides safeguard from attachment and confiscation of property of corporate debtors for their previous offences.

The winter session of parliament introduced four other bills also which have been referred to the concerned standing committees of the ministries for further examination and to submit the report within three months. These four bills include the anti-maritime piracy bill, welfare of labourers, social security code bill and ‘maintenance’ of parents and senior citizens.

The anti-maritime piracy bill seeks to promote the safety and security of the nation’s maritime trade with the provision of the death penalty or life imprisonment for those caught in piracy at sea.

Total two bills for the welfare of labourers is the Industrial Relations Code, 2019 bill and the Code on Social Security, 2019.  The Industrial Relations Code, 2019 has been drafted with adding the beneficial provisions of the Trade Unions Act, 1926, The Industrial Employment Act, 1946 and The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.

The social security code bill provides numerous benefits such as a pension, medical cover, and death and disablement benefits to all gig and unorganized workers.

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill punish those who deliberately misbehave with parents or senior citizens under their care and protection.

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