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Parliament Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave a detailed reply on the discussion on the Union Budget 2019 in the Rajya Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2019 8:41:27 pm
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Parliament session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Union Minister Piyush Goyal thanked the Lok Sabha members for putting up a discussion on the Union Budget 2019 Thursday and spoke on the Demands for Grants under the control of the Ministry of Railways, 2019-20. On the other hand, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave a detailed reply on the discussion on the Union Budget 2019 in the Rajya Sabha.

The Lok Sabha passed The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 Friday. The bill was introduced by HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Monday which stated setting up of a central university and a tribal university in Andhra Pradesh.

The Congress party has, meanwhile, given Adjournment Motion Notice in the Lok Sabha over the ‘alleged killing of Dalits in Gujarat. Congress MP Motilal Vora has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over ‘suppressing of information about frauds by the banks’.

The Rajya Sabha will discuss The Reserve Bank of India (Amendment) Bill, 2018, The Minimum Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019 among others.

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    16:32 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha passes the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

    Lok Sabha passes the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

    16:01 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    In Lok Sabha, discussion on Central Universities Amendment Bill, 2019

    While discussing Central Universities Amendment Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha, ministers like K Suresh of INC claimed that, 'Percentage of expenditure on education had been reduced under NDA govt', while LS Krishna Devarayalu, representing YSRCP urged that more funds be allocated towards building of Central universities and research programmes in these universities. BJD's Bhartrihari Mahatab asked about 'the shortage of faculty in new higher educational institutions continues to be a problem. What is the reason for this?'

    15:45 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Central Universities (Amendment) Bill 2019 discussion begins in Lok Sabha after lunch break

    The Central Universities Amendment Bill, 2019 provides for the establishment of two Central Universities in Andhra Pradesh. One of them will be the Central Tribal University, said Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister for Human Resource Development while presenting the Bill in the House.

    14:40 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Budget backed with plan, estimates realistic: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Answering critics of her maiden Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said every estimate in the Budget 2019-20 was "realistic" and that the focus on agriculture and investments lay foundation for nearly doubling size of the economy to USD 5 trillion in five years. "It is not without a plan," she said on increasing the size of the economy from USD 2.7 trillion to USD 5 trillion by 2024-25.

    Besides focus on agriculture, the plan includes increasing investment coming by way of further liberalisation of FDI rules, lowering of corporate tax to 25 per cent to companies with turnover of upto Rs 400 crore, tax cut on electric vehicles, widening scope of voluntary pension scheme for retail traders and shopkeepers and giving push to infrastructure development with an investment of Rs 100 lakh crore over the next five years. (PTI)

    13:52 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3:00 pm

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3:00 pm

    13:51 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Huge burden of unpaid bills left for us: FM Sitharaman

    Huge burden of unpaid bills was left for us by the previous government, but we took over them: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha on inflation

    13:33 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:30 pm

    Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:30 pm

    13:31 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    No question of privatisation of rlys, some units will be corporatised: Goyal

    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said there was "no question" of privatisation of the railways, but said the ministry will invite investments for new lines and projects in the national interest. Addressing the Lok Sabha on the issue of Demands for Grants of the railways, Goyal said track kilometre grew from 77,609 km to 89,919 km from 1950-2014 and rose to 1,23,236 km in the past five years. "There is no question of privatisation of railways. Railways cannot be privatised. However, if we have to increase the facilities in railways then obviously we need investments for it. We have taken a decision to encourage public-private partnerships and we will also corporatise some units," the minister said. "There is no question of privatisation of the railways, but we should invite investment in the national interest if there are new projects and lines," the minister told the House. "A tea vendor selling tea in front of trains during his childhood saw this country and understood the significance of the railways," said Goyal. (PTI)

    13:10 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Budget to boost investment, comprehensive steps envisaged: FM Sitharaman

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said the big picture presented in the Budget is backed with a plan to increase investment without compromising on the fiscal consolidation roadmap. Replying after a general discussion on the Union Budget 2019-20 in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said, "Comprehensive steps" have been envisaged for the next 10 years. Sitharaman said the mid-term target of the government is to make India a USD 5 trillion economy. The target of putting India in the USD 5 trillion club is not "without a plan", she said and listed out measures
    proposed in the Budget. To boost investment, she said FDI norms would be further liberalised, an extension of lower corporate tax to companies with Rs 400 crore turnover, incentives for boosting the use of electric vehicles in the country. (PTI)

    13:00 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Ashwini Kumar Choubey speaks on aspects of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome/Japanese Encephalitis

    “A limited number of serum and litchi samples were tested for methylenecyclopropylglycine (MCPG) toxin. At least half were found MCPG positive,” says Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State Health, in Lok Sabha on 'whether study carried out by the government on aspects of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome/Japanese Encephalitis

    12:55 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Piyush Goyal praises Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha

    Union Minister Piyush Goyal praises Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha, says "a tea vendor selling tea in front of trains during his childhood saw this country and understood the significance of railway."

    12:53 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Smriti Irani says Child Sex Ratio (CSR) has declined in 21 States/UTs

    "As per the census 2011, the Child Sex Ratio (CSR) in comparison of census 2001 has declined in 21 States/UTs," says Union Minister for Women and  Child Development Smriti Irani.

    12:49 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    PM Modi would have given fitting reply if Mumbai train blasts had happened during his regime: Piyush Goyal

    “PM Modi would have given fitting reply if Mumbai train blasts of July 11, 2006 had happened during his regime,” says Piyush Goyal in Lok Sabha

    12:44 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Budget boosts investments without compromising on fiscal consolidation roadmap: FM

    The Budget boosts investments without compromising on fiscal consolidation roadmap. Centre's net tax revenue for 2019-20 is Rs 16.49 lakh crore, which is up by 11.13 per cent over the previous year: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    12:36 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Piyush Goyal takes a jibe at the Opposition

    Union Minister Piyush Goyal takes a jibe at the Opposition, says previous budgets were announced to win elections

    12:26 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Piyush Goyal speaks on the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha

    Union Minister Piyush Goyal speaks on the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha on the Demands for Grants under the control of the Ministry of Railways 2019-20.

    12:17 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    FM Sitharaman responds to the discussion on Budget 2019 in Rajya Sabha

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman responds to the discussion on Union Budget 2019 in the Rajya Sabha, says “the budget is an important milestone this year because it is the second budget post introduction of GST.”

    12:13 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    FM Sitharaman thanks all RS members for discussion on Budget 2019

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman thanks all the Rajya Sabha members for a fruitful discussion on the Union Budget 2019

    12:10 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    Discussion on Budget concludes in Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister responds to the debate

    Discussion on Budget concludes in Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman responds to the debate.

    12:06 (IST)12 Jul 2019
    NPF leader speaks on water crisis in RS

    Naga People's Front leader KG Kenye speaks in the Rajya Sabha on the water crisis in the country

    parliament, parliament live, parliament live today, parliament session 2019, parliament live, live parliament, parliament of india, parliament news, parliament session 2019 news, budget 2019, budget news Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament on Thursday.

    Apart from this, the Lower House will also discuss the Indian Post Office (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Insertion of new Chapter IIA), and Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019, among others.

    The Congress on Thursday walked out of the Lok Sabha to protest against the ongoing political crisis which has hit Karnataka and Goa. Chaos erupted in the House after a Congress member's request to raise the issue during Zero Hour was not accepted by Speaker Om Birla.

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raked up the issue of farmers and questioned the “double standards” of the government in giving tax concessions and waivers to the rich, while criticising the Budget for not having any “concrete step” to provide relief to farmers in the country.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shot back at Gandhi saying that the plight of farmers was not a creation of the last four years, and that most suicides occurred before the BJP-led government was voted to power.

    In Rajya Sabha, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram took a jibe at the BJP government for not announcing any “bold” decisions or “structural reforms” in the Union Budget to fast-track growth despite a huge mandate and ridiculed the government’s goal of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25, saying the economy doubles due to the “magic of compounding” every six or seven years and it does not require a prime minister or a finance minister for the same to happen.

    "So please don’t put this pie in the sky before the people and say 5 trillion dollars is equal to Chandrayaan landing on the moon. Five trillion dollar is simple arithmetic. It will double again and again," he said.

    Chidambaram criticised the government for not announcing any structural reforms in the Budget because of which the economy will be “status-quoist”, ambling along at the pace of about 6.5 or 6.8 per cent, which is not good for the country, he said.

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