NEW DELHI: Over 85 private members’ bills were introduced in Lok Sabha on Friday on various issues, including seeking a ban on serving non-vegetarian food in government meetings and functions, abolition of begging and rehabilitation of beggars and grant of equal rights to LGBT community to serve in the armed forces.

The bill on granting equal rights to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community was introduced by BJP member Jagdambika Pal. He sought amendments in the Army Act, 1950, the Navy Act, 1957 and Air Force Act, 1950 with a view to give equal rights and opportunities to members of the community to serve in the armed forces.

Another BJP member Parvesh Sahib Singh introduced Official Government Meetings and Functions (Prohibition on serving Non-Vegetarian Food) Bill, 2018 while the Congress member Shashi Tharoor introduced a bill seeking setting up of an effective regime to maintain the integrity of sports in the country by preventing and penalising sports fraud and regulation of online sports gaming.

Supriya Sule of the NCP introduced a bill for setting up an Employees’ Welfare Authority to confer the right on every employee to disconnect from work-related telephone calls and emails beyond work hours and on holidays and the right to refuse to answer calls and emails outside work hours.

The Shiv Sena MP Shivaji Adalrao Patil introduced a bill for abolition of begging and rehabilitation of beggars.

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