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Parliament Highlights: Govt not party in SC on reservation order, says Thaawarchand Gehlot

Parliament Highlights: Meanwhile in Rajya Sabha, Congress leader P Chidambaram in Rajya Sabha said that the government is 'living in denial' on the state of the economy and is unwilling to admit its mistakes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 10, 2020 10:20:55 pm
SC ST reservation debate in Parliament Thaawarchand Gehlot in the Lok Sabha during Parliament’s Budget session on Monday. (LSTV screengrab)

Parliament Budget Session 2020 Highlights: Union House, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot Monday informed the Lok Sabha that it was not a party in the Supreme Court which has ordered that states are not bound to provide reservation in appointments.

Making a statement in the House, Gehlot said the Centre was also not asked to file an affidavit on the issue. He also said the top court order pertains to a decision of the Uttarakhand government taken in 2012 when the Congress was in power in the state. This led to protests by Congress members who walked out of proceedings.

Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that it is in the DNA of the BJP and the RSS to try and erase reservations and asserted that his party will not allow doing away with quota.

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22:13 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

The Lower House of the Parliament has been adjourned for the day.

21:47 (IST)10 Feb 2020
"Very important Legislative work will be brought to House tomorrow": BJP writes letter to RS MPs

BJP MPs in Rajya Sabha have been told that "some very important" Legislative work will be brought to the House on Tuesday, 11th February 2020. The party has issued a three-line while to all its MPS, asking them to be present in the House, news agency ANI reported.

21:29 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Central varsities organised debates, lectures to raise awareness about CAA: HRD minister

Central universities have organised debates and lectures to create awareness among students about the amended citizenship law, Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' informed the Lok Sabha on Monday. The Union HRD minister was replying to a question about the steps taken by the government to overcome the situations in university campuses in the country in response to the Citizenship Amendment Act. (PTI)

20:01 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Rajya Sabha: BJP issues three-line whip to all its MPs

BJP has issued three-line whip to all its MPs of Rajya Sabha, asking them to be present in the House tomorrow and "support the stand of the government."

19:37 (IST)10 Feb 2020
No lunch hour in Rajya Sabha tomorrow

There will be no lunch hour in Rajya Sabha tomorrow. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will reply in the House, on Budget, at 4 PM tomorrow. The Budget Session of Parliament will go into recess on February 11 and resume on March 2 to enable standing committees to go in to demands for grants of various ministries.

19:11 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Rajya Sabha adjourned

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11:00 AM on February 11.

18:14 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Gehlot misled Lok Sabha, will move privilege motion against him: Congress

Congress party on Monday accused Union Social Justice Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot of misleading Lok Sabha on the issue of reservation and said it would move a privilege motion against him. The party said it would stage protests and agitations at the district level on the issue in the coming weeks to "expose" the Modi government's "conspiracy to end reservation" for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes.

16:39 (IST)10 Feb 2020
SC order on reservation: Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad says 'it is a serious matter'

"I had thought that he will say that the govt will go to SC today and get this reversed; if SC doesn't reverse this then they'll bring a Bill into the House to make this null void," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha, adding that government's "taken a view on the highest level" resonse in unsatisfactory.

"It's a serious matter pertaining to the future of 1/4th population of India. I request centre to hold a cabinet meeting and say that they'll move to Supreme Court, asking them to review and withdraw it. If that doesn't happen then they will bring a Bill to make it null & void," Azad said in the Rajya Sabha.

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16:31 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Economy close to collapse, fear in country: Chidambaram

Former finance minister P Chidambaram on Monday tore into the Modi government's handling of the economy, saying it was close to collapse and was being attended by "very incompetent doctors."

Initiating the debate on the Union Budget for 2020-21, he said rising unemployment and falling consumption was making India poorer The economy, Chidambaram said, is facing demand constraints and is investment starved. The economy is facing a fall in consumption and rising unemployment.

16:26 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Congress walks out from Lok Sabha

Congress MPs walked out from the Lower House after Union Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said, "The case arose due to Uttarakhand Government's 2012 decision to not implement reservation in promotions, in the state. In 2012 Congress was in power in Uttarakhand".

16:20 (IST)10 Feb 2020
SC order on reservation: Govt says it was not party in court

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot Monday informed Lok Sabha that it was not a party in the Supreme Court which has ordered that states are not bound to provide reservation in appointments. Making a statement in the House, Gehlot said the Centre was also not asked to file an affidavit on the issue. He also said the top court order pertains to a decision of the Uttarakhand government taken in 2012 when the Congress was in power in the state.

14:29 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Minister of Social Justice on SC order: Govt not involved, will take appropriate measures

On Supreme Court's order on a reservation in job promotions, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot in Rajya Sabha said: Govt is not involved in the SC order. The matter was opened with respect to the Uttarakhand government's decision in 2012. The central government will take appropriate measures in the direction after holding a high-level meeting.

14:07 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Centre to respond to SC job reservation order at 4 pm in Rajya Sabha

In Rajya Sabha, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot said he will give the Centre's written response to the Supreme Court's order on reservation in job promotions at 4 pm.

13:55 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Opposition opposes Institute of Teaching, Research in Ayurveda Bill in LS

The government on Monday introduced the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill in Lok Sabha which seeks to confer the status of institution of national importance to a cluster of Ayurveda institutions in Gujarat. The three institutes which would be clubbed are Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gulabkunwerba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, and Institute of Ayurveda Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Opposing the Bill, TMC's Saugata Roy said there is no reason for setting up the institute in Gujarat when Ayurveda has strong roots in West Bengal, Kerala, Varanasi, and other regions.

Congress' Shashi Tharoor also protested against the Bill, saying the Government has been selective in the selection of the three institutes. Asking why this institute cannot be set up in Thiruvananthapuram, he said there is no clarity in the definition of institution of national importance. (PTI)

13:10 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm.

12:58 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Lok Sabha adjourned till lunch

Lok Sabha has been adjourned till lunch after opposition parties accuse government for being anti-reservation, raise slogans against Supreme Court's order on reservation in job promotions.

12:57 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Most unfortunate decision: Anupriya Patel on SC order on reservation in job promotions

Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel in Lok Sabha: "Apna Dal does not agree with the Supreme Court judgment. So far, it is the most unfortunate decision given by the Supreme Court."

12:45 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Ruckus in Parliament over SC order on reservation in job promotions

In Lok Sabha, Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury accuses the government on the Supreme Court's order on the reservation in promotions in public posts, saying it is trying to snatch the rights of the SC/STs.

LJP's Chirag Paswan joins the debate, says the SC's order is not acceptable to his party and the Centre should include all the matters pertaining to caste reservation should be included in the 9th schedule of Indian Constitution.

BJP leaders deny any involvement in the SC order.

12:24 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Panel of Ministers constituted to monitor coronavirus situation: Health minister

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on coronavirus in Lok Sabha: "There have been three positive cases of coronavirus reported from Kerala and the patients having been quarantined. A panel of Ministers has been constituted to monitor the situation in the country."

He also thanked Air India and the medical staff who were involved in the rescue mission of Indian students from Wuhan.

12:20 (IST)10 Feb 2020
Health minister addresses Parliament on coronavirus

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on coronavirus in Lok Sabha: India is taking all preventive measures. We are monitoring and reviewing the situation daily. Till now 1,118 flights have been screened.

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The opposition benches Monday protested in both the Houses of the Parliament against the Supreme Court's order saying reservation in job promotion is not a fundamental right. Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury accused the government of trying to snatch the rights of the SC/STs even as top BJP leaders, including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, denied any involvement of the Centre in the court's verdict. Earlier, the Congress, along with IUML, DMK, CPI(M), gave an adjournment motion notice in both the houses, saying reservation in government services should not be diluted as it will be a disastrous blow to the backward communities of our country.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told the Lok Sabha that the government has set up a committee to monitor the situation of novel coronavirus in the country. The health minister said the government is taking all preventive measures and till now 1,118 flights have been screened. He also thanked Air India and the medical staff who were involved in the rescue mission of Indian students from Wuhan.

Congress leader P Chidambaram Monday said the government is 'living in denial' on the state of economy and is unwilling to admit its mistakes. Speaking during the discussion on the Union Budget in Rajya Sabha, the former Finance Minister also said the economy is nearing a state of ICU and needs competent doctors to revive it.

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