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Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: RS passes bill to amend Scheduled Tribe list relating to Arunachal Pradesh

Yesterday, the Rajya Sabha passed three out of the five bills lined up by the government, possibly making it the most productive day, in terms of legislative business, since the beginning of the Monsoon session. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 5, 2021 8:37:42 pm
The monsoon session of the Parliament is in progress amid protests from the Opposition over various issues. (PTI)

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Rajya Sabha Thursday passed The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to amend the constitutional list of Scheduled Tribes as recommended by Arunachal Pradesh. The bill was passed in Upper House by voice vote amid protest by the opposition over Pegasus, farm laws and other issues. Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said, “This bill will justice to tribals. Please support and approve the bill.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Opposition for stalling Parliament by staging protests and demanding a discussion on the Pegasus snooping scandal and the Centre’s contentious farm laws. He said they cannot stop the country from marching forward, PTI reported.

A day after the Opposition’s persistent push for discussions on the Pegasus snooping scandal disrupted both Houses for another day, Supreme Court on Thursday said “the allegations are serious if the media reports correct”. It was hearing a clutch of petitions demanding a court-monitored investigation into the alleged potential targeting of activists, politicians and journalists using the spyware developed by an Israeli firm.

Yesterday, the Rajya Sabha passed three out of the five bills lined up by the government, possibly making it the most productive day, in terms of legislative business, since the beginning of the Monsoon session. 

The Upper House functioned forlessthananhourafterlunchon Wednesday, during which it passed the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment)Bill,LimitedLiability Partnership(Amendment)Bill,and Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill. All three Bills were passed by voice vote amidst raucous scenes and loud sloganeering by the Opposition MPs. 

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha passed two bills. The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas, Bill, 2021 — which seeks to set up a statutory authority with appropriate powers to tackle air pollution in NCR and adjoining areas — was passed amid Opposition sloganeering. Amendments moved by the Opposition on the Bill were re- jected via voice vote. 

 

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18:19 (IST)05 Aug 2021
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16:37 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am on August 6

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16:16 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Parliament approves bill to set up commission for air quality management in NCR, adjoining areas

Parliament on Thursday approved a bill that seeks to set up a commission for air quality management in the National Capital Region and its adjoining areas. The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021, was passed in Rajya Sabha with a voice of vote amid din as opposition parties continued their protest against the Pegasus snooping matter, farm laws and other issues. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha on Wednesday. --PTI

16:14 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 5 pm amid the protest by Opposition MPs

Lok Sabha adjourned till 5 pm amid the protest by Opposition MPs over media reports on 'Pegasus Project'.

15:28 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3.40 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3.40 pm amid sloganeering by MPs of the Opposition over various issues, including 'Pegasus Project' media report.

15:03 (IST)05 Aug 2021
RS passes bill to amend Scheduled Tribe list relating to Arunachal Pradesh

Rajya Sabha Thursday passed The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to amend the constitutional list of Scheduled Tribes as recommended by Arunachal Pradesh. The bill was passed in Upper House by voice vote amid protest by the opposition over Pegasus, farm laws and other issues. Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said, “This bill will justice to tribals. Please support and approve the bill.”

15:02 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Lok Sabha was adjourned till 4 pm

Amid sloganeering by Opposition leaders, Lok Sabha was adjourned till 4 pm.

14:34 (IST)05 Aug 2021
PM Modi slams Opposition for stalling Parliament, says they cannot stop country from marching forward

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday slammed the Opposition for stalling Parliament by staging protests and demanding a discussion on the Pegasus snooping scandal and the Centre's contentious farm laws. He said they cannot stop the country from marching forward, PTI reported. 

13:17 (IST)05 Aug 2021
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12:39 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned once again till 2 PM as Opposition MPs continue protesting and sloganeering. 

11:54 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Parliament schedule for today

Bills to be introduced in Lok Sabha: 

 The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021 

Bills for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha 

— The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021 

— The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021 

— The Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021

11:40 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 12:30 amidst sloganeering by Opposition

Amidst sloganeering by Opposition leaders, Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon. 

11:03 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Congress MP Manish Tewari gives notice to move a motion for adjournment of business of LS over Pegasus issue

Congress MP Manish Tewari gave a notice to move a motion for the adjournment of the business of Lok Sabha over the Pegasus issue. (ANI) 
 
 

Opp protests continue, Rajya Sabha approves three Bills by voice vote

The Rajya Sabha passed three out of the five Bills lined up by the government on Wednesday, possibly making it the most productive day — in terms of legislative business — of the ongoing Monsoon session.

The Parliament has faced disruptions every day since July 19 because of protests by the Opposition over the Pegasus snooping scandal, issues of farm laws and price rise.

The Upper House functioned for less than an hour after lunch on Wednesday, during which it passed the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill, Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, and Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill. All three Bills were passed by voice vote amidst raucous scenes and loud sloganeering by the Opposition MPs.

LS adjourned multiple times, passes two Bills

Amid protests by Opposition parties over the Pegasus spying issue, the Lok Sabha passed two Bills on Wednesday.

The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas, Bill, 2021 — which seeks to set up a statutory authority with appropriate powers to tackle air pollution in NCR and adjoining areas — was passed amid Opposition sloganeering. Amendments moved by the Opposition on the Bill were rejected via voice vote.

“We know that for a long period of time, on the basis of orders by various courts, ad-hoc committees were created in Delhi. In recent times, the manner in which air pollution has occurred not just in Delhi, but also in the NCR, due to transportation, industry, or other reasons, there was a need to create an integrated institution. Through this, we can create such a system so that we can give an institutional form to prevent air pollution,” said Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav while moving the Bill.

 

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