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Parliament Budget Session 2022 Highlights: TRS MPs protest against PM Modi’s comments on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill

Parliament Budget Session 2022 Highlights: Countering Rahul Gandhi's assertion that unemployment is rising in the country, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on Wednesday said the Congress leader’s claim was completely baseless and that there are enough opportunities for the talented and hardworking.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 10, 2022 10:33:27 pm
New Delhi:Deputy Speaker Bhartruhari Mahtab conducts proceedings in the Lok Sabha during ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (SANSAD TV/PTI Photo)(PTI02_09_2022_000261B)

Parliament Budget Session 2022 Highlights: TRS MPs on Wednesday moved a Privilege Motion against PM Narendra Modi for his statement in the Rajya Sabha on 8th February on the passing of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill. They later stormed out of the Rajya Sabha, stating that they would only return after the Chairman accepted the Privilege Motion. Discussion on the Union Budget 2022-23 will continue in both houses of Parliament today. On Wednesday, the Opposition leaders in Rajya Sabha  slammed the Budget, claiming it has nothing in it for the poor and the farmers, and is meant only to benefit top corporates of the country.

Countering Rahul Gandhi’s assertion that unemployment is rising in the country, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on Wednesday said the Congress leader’s claim was completely baseless and that there are enough opportunities for the talented and hardworking. Taking a dig at Rahul, he said the “only unemployed person is the prince of Congress party”. Days after Rahul spoke of two Indias, one of the extremely rich and the other of the poor, Surya said the two Indias are actually India before Modi and India after Modi.

Meanwhile, the face-off between the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government regarding a number of issues, including NEET and IAS cadre rules, manifested in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday when Union minister Piyush Goyal refused to reply in English to a question posed by a DMK MP. Despite protests by MPs from Tamil Nadu, Goyal urged Speaker Om Birla to give a ruling in the House that ministers can choose to reply in either Hindi or English and that there is no “rule that questions in English should be replied to in English only”.

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21:45 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Govt spent Rs 2,500 cr in last 5 years on ads in print, electronic media: RS told

The Centre has spent over Rs 2,500 crore in the last five years on advertisements in print and electronic media, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said on Thursday.

Responding to a query raised in Rajya Sabha, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said the amount committed for advertisements by the government through print and electronic media during the period 2017-18 till date is Rs 2601.98 crore.

The data shared by the minister in his written response showed that in the last five years, the government spent around Rs 1654.57 crore on advertisements in print media. According to the figures, Rs 96.39 crore was spent on ads in 5608 newspapers in 2021-22 (till date), Rs 197.49 crore in 5211 newspapers in 2020-21, Rs 295.05 crore was spent on ads in 5326 newspapers in 2019-20, Rs 429.55 crore was spend on ads in 5631 newspapers in 2018-19 and Rs 636 crore was spend on ads in 6782 newspapers in the year 2017-18. (PTI)

21:36 (IST)10 Feb 2022
My name is Jyotiraditya Scindia: Minister on Cong leader's ‘maharaj’ dig

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday took exception to being referred to as ‘maharaj’ by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and said “my name is Jyotiraditya Scindia”.

This came after Chowdhury addressed the Civil Aviation Minister as ‘maharaj’ twice in the Lok Sabha while asking a question pertaining to some airport projects in West Bengal during the Question Hour.

“The matter is that one ‘maharaj’ is a minister, another ‘maharaj’ Air India, now privatisation is happening,” the Congress leader, subsequently, said taking a dig at Scindia, who joined BJP quitting Congress in 2020. In his reply, Scindia first thanked the Congress leader for asking the question. “And, I want to inform him that my name is Jyotiraditya Scindia. Perhaps, he has some misunderstanding, and keep talking about my past again and again. But I want to inform him,” the minister said. (PTI)

21:10 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Command, control centres of 100 smart cities will be operational by Aug 2022: Hardeep Singh Puri

Command and control centres of all 100 smart cities will be operational by August 15 this year, Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday. Responding to supplementaries during Question Hour, he said the command and control centres in 75 smart cities are already operational.

Meanwhile, several members complained about not being invited to meetings of the Smart City Director Board chaired by chief secretaries of the respective states.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla shared the concerns of the members regarding absence of invitations to parliamentarians for meetings related to the development of smart cities. (PTI)

21:09 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Ministers should respond to questions precisely and in appropriate manner: LS Speaker

Expressing his displeasure over Union ministers not giving precise replies during the Question Hour, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday suggested they should respond to the queries precisely and come well prepared to the House.

During the Question Hour, while responding to one of the questions, Minister of State for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises B P Verma took some time to find the reply for supplementary questions, so Birla said, "You keep on arranging and looking into your papers, you are done with a reply." 

Similarly, when Union Power Minister R K Singh, while replying to a supplementary question, said the matter has been referred to the government, the speaker instantly pointed to the minister and said, "Who is the government if you are not?" Birla suggested that the ministers should respond to the questions in a precise and appropriate manner, besides coming prepared to the House. He also corrected Union minister Narayan Rane when he started speaking about issues in Tamil Nadu related to his ministry, while the question was about Kerala. (PTI)

21:07 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Airfare bands protecting interests of airlines, passengers: Scindia in LS

Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said airfare bands serve the purpose of protecting the interests of airlines as well as passengers.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the civil aviation ministry introduced airfare bands with upper and lower limits as a temporary measure under the Aircraft Act, 1934, he told Lok Sabha in a written reply. He also emphasised that under normal circumstances, airfares are neither established nor regulated by the government. "The fare bands serve the dual purpose of protecting the interests of the travellers as well as of the airlines, and have been revised from time to time. Fare capping is, presently, applicable on a rolling basis for a 15 days' cycle," the minister said.

With the repeal of Air Corporation Act in March 1994, airlines are free to fix reasonable airfares under Aircraft Rules, 1937. (PTI)

19:31 (IST)10 Feb 2022
No proposal under consideration for giving extra attempt to civil services aspirants, Govt tells RS

There is no proposal under consideration for giving additional attempts to aspirants of civil services examination for the year 2022, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

The issue of granting age relaxation and extra attempt to the candidates in civil services examination (CSE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic had been brought before the Supreme Court of India vide writ petitions filed by the aspirants, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply.

Based on the judgements passed by the apex court, the matter has been considered and it has not been found feasible to change the existing provisions regarding number of attempts and age-limit in respect of the civil services examination, he said. (PTI)

19:19 (IST)10 Feb 2022
LS: Sitharaman says every village in India electrified, targets Congress with 'Andhkaal' jibe

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replying on the Union Budget 2022 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday said that "every village has been electrified in India". Taking a dig at the Opposition Congress, Sitharaman said, "'Andhkaal' (time of darkness) had prevailed during their rule, whereas now, every house has got electricity in every village." (ANI)

19:12 (IST)10 Feb 2022
19,895 cases pending in Delhi HC for 5-10 yrs; 13,263 cases for 10 yrs and more: RS told

Over 19,000 cases are pending in the Delhi High Court for five to 10 years and over 13,000 cases for 10 years and more, the government told Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

Similarly, in the Allahabad High Court, over 1.84 lakh cases are pending for five to 10 years and over 3.20 lakh for 10 years and above. Allahabad High Court is the biggest high court of the country.

In a written reply, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said 19,895 cases are pending with the Delhi High Court which are 5 to 10 year old. A total of 13,263 cases are pending for 10 years and more. Sharing data of pendency, the minister said in Delhi's subordinate and district courts, 1,41,235 cases are pending which are 5 to 10 year old. A total of 13,571 cases are pending for 10 years and above. (PTI)

18:41 (IST)10 Feb 2022
No proposal under consideration to increase man hour work from 8 to 12 hrs, Govt tells RS

There is no such proposal under consideration of the government to increase man hour work from eight to 12 hours for its establishments, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

“No such proposal is under consideration of the government,” he said, responding to a query “whether government is in the process of increasing the man hour work from 8 hours to 12 hours a day in all government establishments?”. (PTI)

18:40 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Govt doing away with ownership in PSU, investing sizeable money on Voda: Shiv Sena MP

Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai on Thursday said it is surprising to see that the government is doing away with its ownership in profitable public sector companies and, at the same time, making a sizable investment in private telecom company Vodafone Idea. 

He said the dismantling of the profit-making public sector will certainly affect the employment scenario badly.

"Disinvestment in LIC, privatisation of nationalised banks, sale of BPCL and Pawan Hans, will have a bad impact on the economy. "It is surprising that on the one side, the government is doing away with its ownership in the public sector and, at the same time, investing sizable capital to support the Vodafone Idea venture in the private sector," Desai said. (PTI)

18:34 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Contribution of industrialists, corporate houses in job creation must be recognised: BJP MP

BJP MP KJ Alphons on Thursday said that the contribution of industrialists and corporate houses that are creating jobs and making large investments in the country must be recognised.

Tearing into opposition's allegations that rich are growing richer and that government policies were benefitting corporate houses, Alphons hit back saying all key economic indicators showed that the Modi-government had steered the country to the path of growth, amid the pandemic.

Participating in the general discussion on Budget, the BJP member informed the Rajya Sabha that the government has spent money in building large infrastructure, toilets, hospitals, roads, houses, and in the process also created jobs. (PTI)

18:00 (IST)10 Feb 2022
India has about 21 judges per million people

India has about 21 judges per million people, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday. In a written reply, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said to calculate the judge-population ratio for per million population in a particular year, the Department of Justice in the ministry uses the population as per Census 2011 and as per available information regarding sanctioned strength of judges in Supreme Court, the high court and district and subordinate courts in the particular year.
    
"The judge to population ratio (judge per million population) with respect to sanctioned strength of judges is 21.03 as on December 31 2021," he said. The sanctioned strength of the apex court is 34 while it is 1098 for the 25 high courts.    
     
Responding to a query on pendency of cases, he said setting up of subordinate courts including, fast track courts (FTCs) and its functioning comes within the domain of the state governments in consultation with the respective high courts. (PTI)

17:30 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Efforts made to obtain files relating to Netaji, Govt tells RS

The government on Thursday said that efforts have been made to obtain the files and records relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose from the UK, the US, Russia, Japan and China. 

V Muraleedharan, the Minister of State for External Affairs, said in Rajya Sabha that the UK has informed that 62 files on Bose are already available on the websites of the National Archives and the British Library. The minister was replying to a question on the government's efforts to seek cooperation relating to the controversy over Netaji's death.

"The Russian government has conveyed that they were unable to find any documents in the Russian archives pertaining to Netaji even after additional investigations made based on request from the Indian side," he said. Muraleedharan said the response of the Chinese government has not been received. (PTI)

17:16 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Rajya Sabha adjourned till Friday 10 am

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till Friday 10 am.

14:40 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Govt approves Rs 6.15 cr assistance to families of 123 journalists who died of Covid-19

The Centre on Thursday said Rs 6.15 crore has been approved as financial assistance to families of 123 journalists who died due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Replying to supplementary questions in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan also said it was the responsibility of the state governments to take appropriate action against online harassment of women journalists. (PTI)

13:30 (IST)10 Feb 2022
RJD MP urges Centre to reopen all colleges, universities immediately

RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha on Thursday urged the Centre in Rajya Sabha to immediately reopen all colleges and universities, saying imparting education is getting severely affected due to the Covid pandemic.
 
Making a Zero Hour mention, Jha said students are not getting education for the last almost two years due to closure of educational institutions.
 
He also called for immediately shutting down online colleges and universities. (PTI)

11:31 (IST)10 Feb 2022
TRS MPs in Rajya Sabha walk out until Chairman accepts the Privilege Motion against PM Modi

TRS MPs in Rajya Sabha walked out of the House until the Chairman accepts the Privilege Motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)

10:42 (IST)10 Feb 2022
TRS MPs protest in RS Well over PM Modi's comments

TRS MPs protested in the Well of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday morning over PM Narendra Modi's statement in the House on 8th Feb on the passing of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill. (ANI)

10:17 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Rajya Sabha proceedings begin

The House convened at 10 am.

10:09 (IST)10 Feb 2022
TRS MPs move privilege motion against PM Modi for comments on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill

TRS MPs on Wednesday moved a Privilege Motion against PM Narendra Modi for his statement in the Rajya Sabha on 8th February on the passing of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill. (ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Rajya Sabha, during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

Report on MGNREGS: Raise guaranteed days of work, says House panel

OBSERVING THAT the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is a last “fall-back” option for many in the rural areas, a Parliamentary committee has recommended increase in guaranteed days of work from 100 to 150 under the rural job guarantee scheme.

The recommendation comes at a time when the job scheme has become a safety net for migrant workers who returned to their villages during Covid-19, and the demand for work under it reached an all-time high in the last financial year.

Opposition demands Shah statement on hijab row, walks out of Lok Sabha

THE HIJAB row in Karnataka found an echo in Lok Sabha for the second consecutive day on Tuesday with opposition parties staging a walkout demanding a statement from Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

With the opposition protesting over the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, who is the MP from Karnataka’s Dharwad, told reporters outside the House: “All students must follow the dress code prescribed by the schools and administration. Law and order must be maintained in the state. We need to see who are these people instigating the students.”

Opposition Congress raised the issue during zero hour, seeking a statement from Shah “on the atrocities being committed on Muslim girls in Karnataka in the name of hijab”. But the BJP members protested, saying the matter is sub judice as it is pending in Karnataka High Court.

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