Parliament Highlights: The Lok Sabha proceedings were on Friday adjourned twice amid sloganeering by the Opposition parties demanding rollback of the farm laws. During a brief Question Hour of 15 minutes, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that till now, 22 countries have placed their demands for Covid-19 vaccines before India. The countries include Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, UAE, Maldives, Morocco, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Algeria, Kuwait, South Africa among others. Of these, India has already supplied vaccines to 15 nations.
On Day 6 of the Budget Session in Rajya Sabha Friday, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the farmers are being misled against the farm laws and asked the opposition party members to clarify the specific issues in them. “I have spent 2 months asking Kisan Unions the problem in farm laws and I did not get any answer there, how are the laws negatively impacting the farmers no one has still told me,” Tomar said as his speech invoked strong reactions from the opposition. He concluded his speech by asserting that the three farm bills are an “important step” in ensuring the welfare of farmers.
Several opposition party members highlighted the lack of progress in the ongoing farmers agitation in the national capital. Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa said that along with depriving the farmers of the essential water and electricity supplies, protestors have “barbed wire fences around them, resembling a Berlin Wall.” These things are shameful for the world’s largest democracy,” he added.
Expressing concern over the situation at Delhi borders, Bahujan Samaj Party MP Satish Mishra said that the cutting of water and electricity supply at protest sites is a human rights violation. Similarly, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that there have been attempts to defame the farmers’ protests by the Centre. Speaking about the R-day violence at Red Fort, Raut asked why has the Centre not actually found the real culprit behind the violence.