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.