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Parliament Budget Session 2022 highlights: PM didn’t answer my questions, BJP scared of us as we speak truth, says Rahul Gandhi

Budget Session 2022 India, Parliament highlights, 8 February: Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament on Tuesday evening, Rahul Gandhi reiterated that China and Pakistan have come together as a result of the Modi government’s foreign policy,

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New Delhi | Updated: February 8, 2022 10:53:25 pm
Rahul GandhiRahul Gandhi speaks to reporters outside the Parliament on Tuesday (ANI photo)

Parliament Budget Session 2022 highlights: Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament on Tuesday evening, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said PM Modi did not answer in House the questions he had raised. “He didn’t answer my questions. We need to take the China & Pakistan issue seriously. My great grandfather served the country, I don’t need anyone’s certificate. BJP is scared of Congress as we say the truth,” he said. He reiterated that as a result of the Modi government’s foreign policy, China and Pakistan have come together, which will be dangerous for India in the long run.

Earlier on Tuesday, Congress MPs staged a walkout in protest while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking in the Rajya Sabha. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the MPs walked out as Modi was only accusing the Congress, instead of replying to Motion of Thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind’s address.

In the Rajya Sabha, PM Modi launched another blistering attack on the Congress on Tuesday as he accused the opposition party of destabilising state governments, corruption, putting a family’s interests over everyone else’s and not respecting freedom of speech among others. He also said that the Congress in the “grip of urban Naxals as they are controlling its thoughts and ideology”. “When Congress was in power, they didn’t allow the country’s development. Now when in Opposition, they are obstructing the development of the country. They are now objecting to the nation,” he said. He added that had Congress not been there, “democracy would have had been free of dynastic culture” and the “blot of Emergency would have not been there”.

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Parliament Budget Session 2022 highlights: PM Modi speaks in Rajya Sabha, says Cong in grip of Naxal ideology; Cong MPs stage walkout; Rahul Gandhi says PM didn't answer his questions in House; Follow this space for latest updates:

22:47 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Lok Sabha adjourned

Lok Sabha adjourned

22:45 (IST)08 Feb 2022
655 police encounter killings in India in five years

A total of 655 police encounter killings have taken place in the country in the last five years with Chhattisgarh reporting the highest number of such cases at 191.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha that apart from the 191 police encounter killings in Chhattisgarh, 117 such incidents were reported in Uttar Pradesh in the last five years, 50 in Assam, 49 in Jharkhand, 36 in Odisha and 35 in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a written reply to a question, he said 26 police encounter killings took place in Maharashtra between January 1, 2017, and January 31, 2022. Twenty-two such incidents took place in Bihar during the same period, 15 in Haryana, 14 in Tamil Nadu, 13 each in Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh, nine each in Andhra Pradesh and Meghalaya and eight each in Rajasthan and Delhi. (PTI)

22:44 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Attempts being made to forcefully remove hijab, claims Adhir in Lok Sabha

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday claimed in Lok Sabha that atrocities are being committed against people who wear hijab and demanded a statement from the government on the ongoing controversy on the issue in Karnataka.

He alleged during Zero Hour that many incidents of religious discrimination have taken place in the country.

He said if anyone wears hijab, it cannot be termed as a crime and claimed that atrocities have been committed against people who wear this head dress. "Attempts to forcefully remove hijab are being made. Such things should come to an end," Chowdhury said, referring to the ongoing controversy on the issue in Karnataka.

The Congress leader in Lok Sabha said that even though people in power talk about 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikash, the opposite is happening in some parts of the country.

Chowdhury demanded a statement in the House on the issue from the government. (PTI)

22:43 (IST)08 Feb 2022
LS initiates process to elect new members for key parliamentary panels

Lok Sabha on Tuesday initiated the process of electing members of key parliamentary committees, including the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The House passed separate resolutions to elect members from among themselves for PAC, Committee on Estimates, Committee on Public Undertakings and the Committee on Welfare of SCs and STs for term beginning May one of this year and ending on April 30, 2023.

The resolutions also asked Rajya Sabha to nominate members for these committees. The PAC, Committee on Estimates and Committee on Public Undertakings are Financial Committees and are different from various department-related standing committees. (PTI)

21:08 (IST)08 Feb 2022
No caste census since independence, govt tells Lok Sabha

The central government has not enumerated caste-wise population other than Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) since independence, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the intent of the government for conducting Census 2021 was notified in the Gazette of India on March 28, 2019.

However, he said, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the census and related field activities have been postponed until further orders.

"The castes and tribes which are specifically notified as Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) as per the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order 1950 and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950, as amended from time to time, are enumerated in the Census. The government of India has not enumerated caste wise population other than SCs and STs in Census since independence," he said in a written reply to a question. (PTI)

21:08 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Govt portal received 6,154 complaints against misleading advertisements in last 3 years

Over 6,000 grievances against misleading advertisements were registered in the last three years by the Department of Consumer Affairs' online portal called GAMA (Grievance Against Misleading Advertisements), the Centre said on Tuesday.

Responding to a query raised in the Lok Sabha on action against misleading advertisements on TV channels, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said that the GAMA portal accepted 6,154 complaints between 2019-2021 with 948 complaints in 2021, 1,790 in 2020 and 3,416 in 2019.

“All advertisements telecast on private satellite TV channels are regulated in accordance with the Advertising Code prescribed under the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issues advisories from time to time to broadcasters for ensuring compliance to the Advertising Code,” Thakur said in a written response. (PTI)

21:04 (IST)08 Feb 2022
No registered body by name of Kashmir Press Club: Govt

There is no registered body by the name of 'Kashmir Press Club' in Jammu and Kashmir as it has failed to register itself under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, the government said.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said in the Lok Sabha the Estates Department of the UT administration has taken over the government building where the Kashmir Press Club was operated, on January 17, in presence of the Srinagar executive magistrate and the government building has deployment of static guard for its protection.

"Presently, there is no registered body by the name of Kashmir Press Club or its elected managing body since the Kashmir Press Club, as a registered body, has ceased to exist and has failed to register itself under the Societies Registration Act, 1860," he said replying to a written question.

The Kashmir Press Club has "ceased to exist", the J&K administration said on January 17 as it took back the premises allotted to the largest journalists' body in the valley following "dissensions" between two factions, one of which had tacit support from the government.  

Rai said the government is committed to ensure the right to freedom of speech and expression enshrined under the Article 19 of the Constitution of India. (PTI)

21:04 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Can't have a situation where market is India but jobs are in China: Govt on Tesla

Making it clear that relaxations will not be provided to US-based electric vehicles major Tesla unless it participates in manufacturing activities in India, Union Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar on Tuesday said there cannot be a situation where the market is India but jobs are created in China.

The minister of state for heavy industries also told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour that the company is yet to apply for schemes as per the government's policy. Last year, the Elon Musk-led company sought a reduction in import duties on electric vehicles (EVs) in India but the Ministry of Heavy Industries asked the firm to start manufacturing its iconic EVs in the country before any tax concessions can be considered.

Gurjar said the government has Production Linked Incentives for automobile and auto components as well as for manufacturing Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) battery. Both schemes are open for domestic as well as foreign entities.

Responding to a query on Tesla, the minister said "the company wants workers from China and market of India. This is not possible in Modi government... our government's policy is that if India market is to be used, job opportunities will have to be given to Indians." (PTI)

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19:19 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Congress MP L Hanumanthaiah raises Karnataka hijab row in Rajya Sabha

Congress MP L Hanumanthaiah on Tuesday tried to raise the issue of Muslim girls being prevented from wearing the hijab in educational institutions in Karnataka, but his speech in the Rajya Sabha was cut short as the Zero Hour came to an end.

“In some recent incidents in Karnataka, certain educational institutions have stopped girl students from the minority community from entering for wearing hijabs,” the MP said, adding, “Article 14 of our Constitution guarantees equality for all, Article 25 guarantees free practising of religion. In this case, these Muslim girls are being stopped from wearing hijab.” Read more

19:18 (IST)08 Feb 2022
We staged walkout as govt didn't speak on hijab row: Adhir Chowdhury

“We asked the govt to give a statement on the atrocities being committed on the Muslim girls in Karnataka and other places in the name of hijab. But govt did not pay heed to our demand, so we staged a walkout from Lok Sabha,” says Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. (PTI)

19:15 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Modi's foreign policy allowed China, Pak to come together: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “Modi has a bankrupt foreign policy which is allowing China and Pakistan to get together. Our MEA said China and Pakistan had come together earlier. Of course, he doesn’t understand his job very well.”

19:07 (IST)08 Feb 2022
4,844 granted Indian citizenship in last five years: Nityanand Rai

“The Government of India has increased the recruitment to IPS from 150 to 200 from the 2020 Civil Services Examination…4,844 people have been granted Indian citizenship during last five years,” MoS Home Nityanand Rai said in a written reply to an unstarred question in Lok Sabha. (ANI)

19:04 (IST)08 Feb 2022
He didn't answer my questions...BJP scared of us as we speak the truth: Rahul Gandhi

“He (PM Modi during his speech in Parliament) didn't answer my questions. We need to take the China & Pakistan issue seriously. My great grandfather served the country, I don't need anyone's certificate. BJP is scared of Congress as we say the truth,” says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)

18:55 (IST)08 Feb 2022
FCRA registration of 5,800 NGOs deemed ceased: Govt

About 5,8000 NGOs, which did not submit their applications for renewal of FCRA registration, deemed to have ceased to exist according to law. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said in Lok Sabha that FCRA registration of a total of 1,811 NGOs have been cancelled during the last three years - from 2019 to 2021.

"About 5,800 FCRA registered associations had not submitted their applications for renewal within stipulated time in accordance with the provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. FCRA registration of these associations has thus been deemed to have ceased as per section 12 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010," he said in a written reply to a question.

Rai said in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has given certain relaxations to NGOs so that welfare programmes and Covid-related relief works are not affected.

The relaxations include extension till December 31, 2021 the validity of registration certificate of NGOs expiring between September 29, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

The validity was further extended with certain conditions up to March 31, 2022, while time period to file annual returns for year 2019-20 was extended by six month i.e. till June 30, 2021 among others, he said. (PTI)

18:54 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Over 17,000 farmers committed suicide in 3 years: Govt in Lok Sabha

Over 17,000 farmers in different parts of the country committed suicide between 2018 and 2020, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra said the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) compiles statistics on accidental deaths and suicides from states and Union Territories and publishes the same annually as 'Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India' (ADSI) report.

According to the ADSI report, 5,763 farmers or cultivators committed suicide in 2018, while another 5,957 killed themselves in 2019. The report said 5,579 farmers or cultivators committed suicide in 2020. (PTI)

18:15 (IST)08 Feb 2022
General discussion on Budget continues in Lok Sabha

General discussion on Union Budget continues in Lok Sabha

17:43 (IST)08 Feb 2022
No regional AIR station is being closed: MoS L Murugan

MoS L Murugan says in Lok Sabha, “We are not closing any regional AIR station. Upgradation work in underway at the regional Akashvani centre.”

16:42 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Question Hour underway in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha proceedings begin, Question Hour underway

16:31 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Fertiliser cos asked to manufacture additional DAP to meet domestic demand: Mansukh Mandaviya

Stating that there is a "comfortable" supply of DAP fertiliser for the ongoing rabi season, Fertiliser Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said the Centre however has asked companies to manufacture additional quantity of DAP at no-profit-no- loss basis to meet the requirement.

DAP (Di ammonium Phosphate) is the most widely consumed fertiliser after urea in the country. Domestic production of DAP reached 34.35 lakh tonne and imports were at 42.56 lakh tonne till January of the ongoing fiscal year.

Mandaviya, in his written reply to the Rajya Sabha, said there is no "acute shortage" of DAP in the country. However, in between the season, some states had highlighted the shortfall of DAP particularly in a few districts.

Accordingly, based on state governments requests, the Centre has moved the DAP rakes to meet their requirement. "However, the overall availability of DAP fertiliser in the country is comfortable during the ongoing rabi (winter) season of 2021-22(crop year July-June)," he said. (PTI)

16:30 (IST)08 Feb 2022
Without Congress, Rajya Sabha would have remained the council of states: Chidambaram

“If Congress would not have been there, Rajya Sabha would have remained the council of states under the Govt of India Act of 1919, and instead of ordinary citizens, princes and rulers would have been sitting there to sing praises of Queen Elizabeth II,” says Congress leader P Chidambaram. (ANI)

Parliament highlights

A day ago, he had said in the Lok Sabha that the British rule ended in India long back, but the Congress adopted their policy of "divide and rule", and has now become the leader of Tukde Tukde gang. While replying to the debate on Motion of Thanks to President's address in Lok Sabha, Modi blamed Congress for instigating migrant labourers to travel during the lockdown. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday requested AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to accept Z-category security, mentioning that as per government assessment, the Hyderabad MP still faces security threat. Speaking in Rajya Sabha about the attack on Owaisi on his way back from Hapur to Delhi last week, Shah said, "Home Ministry took report from state government immediately. On the basis of earlier inputs from central security agencies, Centre had ordered to provide him security. But due to his unwillingness to avail security, Delhi and Telangana Police's efforts to provide him security did not succeed." PM Modi in Lok Sabha on Monday (Screengrab/Sansad TV)

A day ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in the Lok Sabha that the British rule ended in India long back, but the Congress adopted their policy of "divide and rule", and has now become the leader of Tukde Tukde gang. While replying to the debate on Motion of Thanks to President's address in Lok Sabha, Modi blamed Congress for instigating migrant labourers to travel during the lockdown.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday requested AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to accept Z-category security, mentioning that as per government assessment, the Hyderabad MP still faces security threat. Speaking in Rajya Sabha about the attack on Owaisi on his way back from Hapur to Delhi last week, Shah said, "Home Ministry took report from state government immediately. On the basis of earlier inputs from central security agencies, Centre had ordered to provide him security. But due to his unwillingness to avail security, Delhi and Telangana Police's efforts to provide him security did not succeed."

BJP MPs absent, Bills on UCC, amending Constitution Preamble not taken up

Two controversial private member Bills— one on the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and the second on amending the Preamble of the Constitution — were not introduced in Rajya Sabha on Friday, even though they were listed, since BJP members who had given notices for moving the Bills were not present in the House. The Opposition had objected to the introduction of both Bills in the past.

BJP’s K J Alphons, who had given notice for moving the Bill to amend the Preamble of the Constitution, was not present in the House when his name was called. Alphons was seen in the House after some time.

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First published on: 07-02-2022 at 10:01:11 am
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