Parliament Budget Session 2022 Updates: Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi lamented the constant cuts in budgetary allocation to MGNREGA, even though timely help was given to crores of affected poor families during COVID and lockdown under the scheme. “This is weakening the legal guarantee of timely payment and jobs. This year’s MGNREGA budget is 35 per cent less than that of 2020 even when unemployment is rising continuously. Due to cuts in the budget payment of workers gets delayed. Supreme Court has called this forced labour,” Gandhi said.
During his farewell speech to the 72 retiring members of the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that academic knowledge often has limitations, but “experience brings easy solutions to problems and reduces the margin of error”. “When such experienced members retire, the House and the country feel the void. Those that remain have added responsibilities and to take forward the work done by these members,” he said. He urged all retiring members to take their experience in all directions of the country.
The Lok Sabha on Thursday is scheduled to discuss The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022. The Bill amends the SC order to exclude Gond community as a Scheduled Tribe in four districts of Uttar Pradesh – Chandauli, Kushinagar, Sant Kabir Nagar and Sant Ravidas Nagar. The Lower House will also continue its discussion on climate change raised by DMK MP Kanimozhi.