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Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Lok Sabha adjourned sine die; Monsoon session cut short by 7 days

Parliament Monsoon Session, Farm Bill 2020 Today HIGHLIGHTS: The opposition has also written to President Ram Nath Kovind, urging him not to sign the contentious farm because, they have said, the proposed legislations were passed in the din without division of votes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 23, 2020 9:31:16 pm
Opposition protests outside Parliament (ANI)

Parliament Monsoon Session HIGHLIGHTS: The Monsoon Session of the Parliament was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, 7 days before the schedule, amid concerns of the spread of coronavirus among lawmakers.  While the opposition boycotted the proceedings, the Upper House today passed The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020, The Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020, the three labour codes and the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill.

Various opposition parties, meanwhile, took out a silent protest march in the Parliament complex against the contentious farm Bills passed recently. The protesting MPs carried placards with messages such as “Save Farmers, Save Workers, Save Democracy” during their march from the Mahatma Gandhi statue to the Ambedkar statue on the premises. They also stood before Gandhi’s statue in a line. Members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI, CPI-M, DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Samajwadi Party and the NCP participated in the protest.

The opposition has also written to President Ram Nath Kovind, urging him not to sign the contentious Bills because, they have said, the proposed legislations were passed in the din without division of votes. They are likely to meet him at 5 pm today.

In Lok Sabha, meanwhile, The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020; The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020; The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020; will be taken up for discussion.

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Parliament Monsoon SessionHIGHLIGHTS: Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die; Opposition met President Kovind over farm bills; FCRA Bill; three labour codes passed in Rajya Sabha; In Lok Sabha. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS

20:31 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Lok Sabha adjourns sine die; Monsoon session ends.

Lok Sabha adjourns sine die; Monsoon session ends.

18:24 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Oppn requested President to return farm Bills, their passage 'unconstitutional': Ghulam Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha: "There was no division of votes, no voice voting. Constitution was undermined in the temple of democracy. We have given a representation to President that Farm Bills have been passed unconstitutionally & he should return these bills." (ANI)

17:01 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Opposition leaders protest before Gandhi statue out Parliament

Opposition leaders protest before Gandhi statue out Parliament.

15:11 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Mayawati slams both Oppn, govt over Monsoon Session chaos

BSP supremo Mayawati Wednesday hit out at the government as well as the Opposition for the ruckus and chaos during the ongoing Monsoon Session, saying their conduct has harmed the dignity of Parliament and the Constitution.

In a tweet in Hindi, she said "Although Parliament is called the temple of democracy, its dignity has been shredded many times. Even during the ongoing Parliament session, the functioning of the government and the behaviour of Opposition in the House are embarrassing for the dignity of Parliament, Constitution and democracy. Very sad!?

Mayawati's reaction came in the wake of eight Rajya Sabha Opposition members being suspended from the House on Monday for the ruckus during the passage of two key farm Bills a day earlier. (PTI)

14:24 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday was adjourned sine die, amid concerns of the spread of coronavirus among lawmakers. While the opposition boycotted the proceedings, the Upper House today passed The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020, The Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020, the three labour codes and the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill.

14:08 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Unruly behaviour should not be repeated: Naidu

Though the session has been satisfactory in terms of productivity, there were some areas of concern. He appeals to all members, "from the depth of his heart", to ensure that such unruly behaviour is not repeated. "To protest is the right of the Opposition. Any member, for that matter. But how should it be done? The floor of the House is the most effective way, and not through boycott," says Naidu. He also called Sunday's incidents as "unfortunate."

14:01 (IST)23 Sep 2020
25 bills were passed and 6 bills introduced: Venkaiah Naidu

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said the Rajya Sabha session is being concluded ahead of its planned session. In the 10 sittings, he says, 25 bills were passed and 6 bills introduced. 3.15 hours were lost due to disruptions in this session. 57% of total functional time of the House was spent on government legislative business. He says the high productivity of the previous sessions continued this time too.

13:59 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Checked precedents and decided to go ahead with the bills: Naidu on passing labour codes

Chairman Naidu says he received a letter by Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and others asking not to pass the three labour codes in their absence. But, he says, he has checked precedents and decided to go ahead with the bills.

13:55 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha discusses Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020

Rajya Sabha discusses Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020. "Unfortunate that Punjabi isn't being included in this Bill, as an official language in J&K. Punjabi is the richest & oldest language of north India, with its own script Gurmukhi. J&K was a part of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's empire & even after him the first Dogra Maharaja was a general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. From that time onwards lakhs of Punjabis have settled in J&K. In the constitution of J&K, Punjabi was there as their official language," Shiromani Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral said.

13:55 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha discusses Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020

Rajya Sabha discusses Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020. "Unfortunate that Punjabi isn't being included in this Bill, as an official language in J&K. Punjabi is the richest & oldest language of north India, with its own script Gurmukhi. J&K was a part of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's empire & even after him the first Dogra Maharaja was a general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. From that time onwards lakhs of Punjabis have settled in J&K. In the constitution of J&K, Punjabi was there as their official language," Shiromani Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral said.

13:33 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha passes three labour codes

The Rajya Sabha has cleared passed three labour code bills including the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, the Industrial Relations Code 2020 and the Code on Social Security Bill, 2020. Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar, who moved the bill said that the reforms that are being undertaken by the government will prove to be “milestone for the welfare of workers”.

Here's our explainer on what changes for the workers now

13:19 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Opposition is absent because they are distanced from the public: Javadekar

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, in the capacity of Member of Parliament, speaking on the codes, says workers had become entangled in labour laws so far. "73 yrs after independence, labourers are getting the right they'd been waiting for. The Bills guarantee wage, social & health security," he said. Taking a dig at the Opposition, he added, "When a Bill that assures wage security, social security and health security to 50 crore labourers has been brought, the Opposition is absent because they are distanced from the public."

13:09 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Opposition parties ask Naidu not pass the three labour related bills

Opposition parties write a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asking him not to pass the three labour related bills in Rajya Sabha in absence of the opposition party MPs. A discussion is underway in the House on the three bill — The Industrial Relations Code, 2020; The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020; The Code of Social Security, 2020

13:09 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Opposition parties ask Naidu not pass the three labour related bills

Opposition parties write a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asking him not to pass the three labour related bills in Rajya Sabha in absence of the opposition party MPs. A discussion is underway in the House on the three bill — The Industrial Relations Code, 2020; The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020; The Code of Social Security, 2020

13:08 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Opposition's 'Save Farmers, Save Workers, Save Democracy' protest

Earlier in the day opposition parties met at the chamber of Leader of Opposition in the House, Ghulam Nabi Azad to discuss the further course of action.

12:47 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Demand in RS for legislation to ensure quick disposal of litigations related to development projects

A demand for a special legislation to ensure time-bound disposal of litigations relating to development projects was made in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday to ensure such projects are not kept hanging for long. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, D P Vats of the BJP said development projects particularly rail and road projects get delayed due to court cases. A matter concerning a road project has been pending in court for 45 years, he said. "I urge the government to bring special legislation for time-bound disposal of litigations related to developmental projects," he said. Mamta Mohanta of the BJD raised the demand of including the Kudmi-Mahato caste in the ST list. She said Kudmi was classified as a notified tribe by the British Raj but they were subsequently excluded from the ST list.

12:38 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Opposition protests outside Parliament amid Rajya Sabha boycott

The Opposition, which is boycotting Rajya Sabha proceedings, Wednesday staged a joint protest in Parliament premises over the recently passed farm bills. Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, TMC's Derek O'Brien, and NCP's Praful Patel present are among the MPs present at the protest. The leaders can be seen carrying placards of 'Save Farmers' and 'Save Farmers, Save Workers, Save Democracy' seen.

11:48 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha bids farewell to 11 retiring members

Rajya Sabha on Wednesday bid farewell to 11 of its members who will retire in November this year. When the House met, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu mentioned that 11 MPs from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be retiring in November. They include Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP's Veer Singh and Raj Babbar of Congress. Others who will retire are: Javed Ali Khan (SP), P L Punia (Congress), Rajaram (BSP), Neeraj Shekhar (BJP), Arun Singh (BJP), Ravi Prakash Verma (SP) and Chandrapal Singh Yadav (SP). Naidu said some of the members will return to the House after re-election.

11:42 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha passes the Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020

This legislation will help us make an actual risk assessment, in gross terms, rather than a notional risk assessment, Sitahraman said. "The bill will empower regulatory authorities. I would strongly appeal for the bill to be supported by the House since it provides a buoyant credit market."

Rajya Sabha passes the Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020

11:27 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha discusses the Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says the Bill is "absolutely critical for financial stability in the country." The Bill brings in a firm legal basis for bilateral netting for two counterparties, Ms. Sitharaman says.

Sujeet Kumar of BJD says this is a welcome financial reform step. He calls it a milestone that will improve the financial health of the nation, by bringing in the much-needed liquidity, reducing transactional cost and boosting investor morale.

A. Vijayakumar of AIADMK supports the bill.

SP MP Jaya Bachchan speaks with Congress MP Anand Sharma as opposition leaders stage a walkout from (PTI)

The protests against the contentious farm-related Bills and suspension of eight Opposition members from Rajya Sabha echoed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, with the Congress, TMC, DMK, TRS and the Left, among several opposition parties, boycotting proceedings for the day in solidarity with farmers and the suspended MPs.

The Opposition was initially planning to boycott the remaining part of the session, but there were indications that the monsoon session could be wound up by Wednesday. Opposition leaders subsequently said they have decided not to be part of the proceedings for the day.

With the Opposition deciding to boycott Rajya Sabha, the eight MPs, who held a sit-in next to the Gandhi statue at Parliament through the night, ended their dharna.

Speaking in Rajya Sabha minutes before 9.30 am, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “There is a proverb in English: the last straw which broke the camel’s back. I think, day before yesterday was the last straw which broke the camel’s back… Today, Bills are not sent to the standing and select committees… An attempt is made to pass all Bills. Why did the fight take place? It should not have happened. I don’t approve (members) breaking microphones and climbing on tables. Nobody approves it. But, as I said, it was the last straw on the camel’s back. It was building up… and when it broke, it turned into a storm,” he said.

Most of the Opposition members walked out with him. Among those who remained in the House were the Samajwadi Party (SP), DMK, NCP and TRS – but they too walked out later.

 

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