Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the Constitution amendment bill to restore the powers of states to have their own lists of OBCs for reservation in jobs and educational institutions. The House also cleared the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021.
While moving the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2021, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar said the bill will help restore the powers of states to have their own lists of OBCs which was negated by the Supreme Court.
Earlier today, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla expressed pain that the House did not run smoothly during the Monsoon session. Addressing media after the House was adjourned sine die (for an indefinite period), he said members holding placards, raising slogans in the Well of Lok Sabha was not in accordance with its traditions.
Lok Sabha functioned only 21 hours during the entire Monsoon session and its productivity was at 22 per cent, Birla said.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu broke down as he spoke about the ruckus by Opposition MPs in the House the previous day. Even as Naidu was speaking, slogans were continuously raised over various issues. Naidu said the “sacredness” of the House was destroyed by some Opposition MPs, adding he could not sleep last night.