National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021: Lok Sabha on 26th July 2021 passed the National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021.
- This bill was moved by Pashupati Kumar Paras who is the Food Processing and Industries Minister.
- The bill was passed amid uproar by opposition parties over their various demands including repeal of farm laws and probe into allegations of surveillance using Pegasus spyware.
- The bill got introduced and passed in a time of just 8 minutes making it a record.
- The objective of the bill is to confer the status of Institutions of National Importance to the National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) at Kundli, Haryana, and the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.
- The bill seeks to give these institutes greater autonomy so that they can start new and innovative courses.
- The legislation also seeks to provide for research and instructions in food technology, entrepreneurship and management and for the advancement of learning and dissemination of knowledge in such branches.
- The institutes would implement the reservation policy of the Government and would also undertake special outreach activities for the benefit of concerned stakeholders.
- It would enable the institutes to provide world-class teaching and research experience by adopting innovative practices.
Note: The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was also passed in Lok Sabha.
About Lok Sabha:
- The Lok Sabha, or House of the People, is the lower house of India’s bicameral Parliament, with the upper house being the Rajya Sabha.
- Members of the Lok Sabha are elected by adult universal suffrage.
- Under the constitution of 1950, its members are directly elected for a term of 5 years by territorial constituencies in the states.
- The maximum strength of the House allotted by the Constitution of India is 550.
- Currently, the house has 543 seats which are made up by the election of up to 543 elected members and at a maximum.
- Two additional members were appointed by the president to represent the Anglo-Indian community but were abolished in January 2020 by the 104th Constitutional Amendment Act, 2019.
- Om Birla is the current speaker of the Lok Sabha.