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Parliament Highlights: Both Houses adjourned sine die, Monsoon Session concludes

Parliament Monsoon Session Today Highlights: Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die, bringing an end to the stormy Monsoon session two days ahead of the scheduled date of August 13.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 11, 2021 11:59:25 pm
Parliament Live Updates: Lok Sabha adjourned sine die; Rajya Sabha till 12 noonA view of the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (RSTV/PTI)

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.

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Lok Sabha adjourned sine die, Venkaiah Naidu gets emotional in Rajya Sabha; Opposition leaders hold meeting to discuss Pegasus; Congress MP Manish Tewari gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on 'Pegasus project' media report. Follow this space for the latest updates.

19:50 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned sine die

19:48 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Opposition MPs stage a walkout 

Opposition MPs staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha following ruckus in the House.

19:32 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Unruly behaviour by Opposition was pre-planned: Piyush Goyal

Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal says that the unruly behavior by the Opposition was "pre-planned".
"Opposition comes to the House with an aim to disrupt the session," he says.

19:30 (IST)11 Aug 2021
'Our members are insulted here. We are not safe,' says Mallikarjun Kharge

"We are all peace-loving people. So many male & female marshals are here and they have more or less created a fort...Our lady members (in Rajya Sabha) are insulted here. We are not safe. Our lady members are not safe. We protest, this is an insult to democracy," Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge alleged. In reply, BJP leader Pralhad Joshi alleged that Opposition leaders have manhandled the marshals in the House. 

Meanwhile, another bill–The National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021– is cleared by the House.

19:08 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Ruckus continues in Rajya Sabha

Ruckus continues in Rajya Sabha. The National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021 is currently being discussed in the Upper House. 

19:06 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha resumes

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin again. 

18:38 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Insurance bill passed in Rajya Sabha

The General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill has been passed in Rajya Sabha amid Opposition protest. House adjourned till 7:04 pm.

18:32 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Ruckus continues in Rajya Sabha

Opposition MPs gather at the Well of Rajya Sabha in protest over various issues, raise slogans, tear pieces of paper and throw it up in the air.  

18:27 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha resumes

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin again. Protest by Opposition continues. 

18:13 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 15 minutes

Amidst protest by Opposition over the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021, the Upper House has been adjourned till 6:26 PM.

18:04 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha passes Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021 

The Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been passed in the Rajya Sabha. 

16:33 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Why 'quiet' on caste census, Congress asks govt in Rajya Sabha

The Congress asked the government on Wednesday why was it "quiet" and "running away" from a caste-based census, which was mooted by a woman MP of the ruling BJP in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and even by the chief ministers of Bihar and Odisha.

A caste-based census is required to assess the exact ground situation because in at least 30 states and Union territories, the reservation for backward classes has crossed the upper limit, the opposition party said.

According to PTI, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha while initiating a debate in the Upper House on the Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks to restore the states' power to identify and specify the Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBCs), which was lost after the Supreme Court's judgment in the Maratha quota case. 

(RSTV/PTI)
15:45 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha: Cong appoints Syed Hussain and Chhaya Verma as whips

Congress appoints MPs Syed Naseer Hussain and Chhaya Verma as whips of the Congress Parliamentary Party in Rajya Sabha.

15:44 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Top leaders meet Speaker Om Birla

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and other MPs including those from TMC, Shiromani Akali Dal, YSRCP, BJD, and others met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla today.  Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die today.

15:13 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Congress MP's conduct in RS shameful: Anurag Thakur

Union minister Anurag Thakur has likened the unruly behaviour of Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa in the Rajya Sabha to the January 26 vandalism at the Red Fort and said throwing a file at the Chair in the House was a "shameful" incident.
 
According to PTI, he also lashed out at Congress and other opposition parties over the disruption of the proceedings of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, saying those who have been sent to Parliament by people to raise their issues are resorting to unruly behaviour.

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15:10 (IST)11 Aug 2021
What is the Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021

The Rajya Sabha is currently discussing a Constitution amendment bill to restore the powers of states to have their own lists of OBCs for reservation in jobs and educational institutions.

The Constitutional 127th Amendment Bill will amend Articles 342 A — clauses 1 and 2 — and will introduce clause 342 A (3) specifically authorising states to maintain their State List. There will be a consequential amendment in Articles 366(26C) and 338B (9). States will then be able to directly notify OBC and SEBCs without having to refer to the NCBC. More details here.

14:31 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha debates Constitution amendment bill on restoring states' power on OBC list

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday took up a Constitution amendment bill to restore the powers of states to have their own lists of OBCs for reservation in jobs and educational institutions, ending a three-week deadlock between the government and the opposition in the House over various issues.

Opposition parties disrupted proceedings in the Upper House of Parliament to press their demand for a discussion on the Pegasus snooping controversy and the farmers' agitation ever since the Monsoon session started on July 19.

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.

He thanked the prime minister and various parties and their members for evolving a consensus to take up the important bill that seeks to create history by providing reservation to other backward classes in the country. (PTI)

14:24 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Nine properties of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir restored to original owners: Govt

The government is taking steps to restore ancestral properties of Kashmiri Hindu migrants who had to run away from Kashmir in the wake of terrorist violence there and so far nine properties have been given back to the rightful and original owners, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said under the Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restraint on Distress Sales) Act, 1997, District Magistrates (DMs) of concerned districts in Jammu and Kashmir are the legal custodians of the immovable properties of the migrants, who take suo motto action on eviction proceedings in cases of encroachment, while the migrants can also request DMs in such cases. (PTI)

14:01 (IST)11 Aug 2021
520 migrants returned to Kashmir after abrogation of Art. 370 to take up jobs under the PM's development package: MoS Nityanand Rai in RS

According to information provided by the Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir, a total of 520 migrants have returend to Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 to take up jobs under the Prime Minister's Development Package (of 2015), Minister of State (MoS) Home Nityanand Rai told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, news agency ANI reported.

Rai also told the Rajya Sabha that the Committee on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha has granted an extension of time up to 9th October to frame the rules under The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA).

12:55 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Dignity of House has never been lowered: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Wednesday there have been debates, agreements and disagreements in the House but its dignity has never been lowered, news agency ANI reported. "I always expect the MPs to maintain the dignity of the House. There have been debates, agreements and disagreements in the House but its dignity was never lowered."

"I urge all the MPs, that the House be run in accordance with Parliamentary traditions & its dignity maintained. Sloganeering and raising of banners are not a part of our Parliamentary traditions. They (MPs) should express themselves from their seats," he further said.

Parliament Live Updates: Lok Sabha adjourned sine die; Rajya Sabha till 12 noon Leaders of Opposition parties during a meeting at Parliament in New Delhi, Wednesday, Aug 11, 2021. (PTI Photo)

 

The Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021, was tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The Bill, which restores the states’ powers to make their own OBC lists by identifying and notifying socially and economically backward classes (SEBCs) for the grant of quota in jobs and admission, was passed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will move that Bill further to amend the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Act, 1972.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will table the Bill for the regulation and supervision of the assisted reproductive technology clinics in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Also, Opposition leaders NK Premachandran and Vinayak Bhaurao Raut will raise a discussion on the situation arising out of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Congress MP Manish Tewari Wednesday gave an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on the 'Pegasus project' media report. And Congress MP Manickam Tagore gave an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on the issue of rising fuel prices.

Despite pressure from allies and some sections within, the BJP-led Central Government had managed to put a lid so far on demands for a caste-based census. But on Tuesday, the ruling party found itself in a spot when one of its own MPs from election-bound UP raised the issue in the Lok Sabha.

Listed as the BJP’s first speaker on the Constitutional Amendment Bill that seeks to restore the power of states to draw up their own OBC lists, Badaun MP Sanghmitra Maurya instead praised the Government for “granting the power to the states for caste census”.

Meanwhile, in Lok Sabha, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw will make a statement regarding the status of implementation of the recommendations contained in the 4th report of the Standing Committee on Information Technology on Demands for Grants (2019-2020) pertaining to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. He will also make a statement regarding the status of implementation of the recommendations contained in the 5th Report of the Standing Committee on Information Technology on Demands for Grants (2019-2020) pertaining to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Matters under Rule 377 will also be discussed.

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