Union Home Minister Nityanand Rai reported Tuesday in a written response in Loksabha that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) does not keep any specific data regarding the arrest of journalists.
His comments came after Trinamool Congressional MP Mala Roy asked about the total number of journalists arrested in the country since 2019 along with details of all individual charges against these journalists.
Roy had also asked for citations of the total number of journalists currently facing prosecution.
Rai said: “The ‘Police’ and ‘Law Enforcement’ are state subjects under the Seventh Schedule of the Indian Constitution and the state governments are responsible for the prevention, detection and investigation of crime and for prosecuting criminals through of their law enforcement agencies.
Earlier, the second day of the Rajya Sabha Monsoon Session was postponed until 2pm amid protests and slogans from opposition parties over inflation and GST rate hikes.
Meanwhile, the lower house of parliament was suspended until 2 pm amid chants from opposition MPs on issues of rising prices and inflation.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, before adjourning the House proceedings until 2pm, said: “As per the rules, it is not allowed to carry banners inside the House.”
The monsoon session of parliament will start on Monday and continue until August 12.
There will be 18 sessions during the Session.
This session is important as the Presidential Election and the Vice Presidential Election will take place during this period. The presidential election was held on Monday, while the vice-presidential election will take place on August 6.
However, nearly 30,000 people have been recruited into the public sector by the Jammu and Kashmir administration since 2019, the Lok Sabha reported on Tuesday.
Union Home Minister of State Nityanand Rai also said that an estimated 5.2 lakh people were created employment through self-employment schemes from August 2019 to June 2022.
“The Jammu and Kashmir government has carried out public sector recruitment from the year 2019 onwards totaling 29,806,” he said in response to a written question.
Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was removed on August 5, 2019, and the former state was divided into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Jammu and Kashmir has been under the central government since 2018.
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