Parliament Monsoon session HIGHLIGHTS: Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Upper House Monday that the present government can keep its New India to itself and return the Old India to the people of the country. “In Old India, there was no enmity, no anger, hate, lynchings. In this New India, man has become man’s enemy. Give us that India where Hindu Muslim Sikh Christian live peacefully and are ready to give their life for each other,” he said. On Jharkhand lynching case, Azad said, “Jharkhand has become a factory of lynching and violence. Dalits and Muslims are killed there every week. PM, we are with you in the fight of ‘Sabka saath sabka vikas’ but it should be there for people to see it. We can’t see it anywhere.”
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Monday introduced the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal introduced the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to introduce the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 today, the sixth working day of the ongoing Monsoon session of Parliament.
On the other hand, Rajya Sabha MPs Monday raised the issue of growing drinking water crisis in different parts of the country and demanded immediate interventions such as inter-linking of rivers and rain water harvesting to recharge ground water table. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Satyanarayan Jatiya (BJP) said parts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka have traditionally faced water crisis but now the problem has extended to fresh areas
Here are the HIGHLIGHTS on all that is happened in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon session of Parliament
How can India become a $5 trillion economy by neglecting 14% Muslim population: Owaisi
AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi in Lok Sabha said that the present government needs to follow Indian nationalism instead of Hindu nationalism to stop cases of mob lynchings. Owaisi also said that the country cannot become a 5 trillion dollar economy, as proposed by the government, by ignoring the 14% Muslim population of the country.
Owaisi also raised questions over the Triple Talaq Bill and GDP figures.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am tomorrow
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the Upper House at 2 pm tomorrow.
RJD's Manoj Kumar Jha: President's address should have addressed the critical realities of our times
RJD's Manoj Kumar Jha: President's address should have addressed the critical realities of our times. Fictional narrative bereft of any data, supporting evidence might make good television news but it does not satisfy the kind of issues people are grappling with.
He also questioned the government's aim to make India a $5 trillion economy, saying that the country cannot progress without employing large number of youths.
Simultaneous elections not feasible: AIADMK's S R Balasubramoniyan
AIADMK's S R Balasubramoniyan in Rajya Sabha addressed the house about simultaneous elections, saying that he is not convinced that the idea is feasible in a country like India. He also said that the centre owes over thousand crores to Tamil Nadu.
BJD's Prasanna Acharya bats for Women Reservation Bill
BJD's Prasanna Acharya in Rajya Sabha said that though the current Parliament has the highest number of women MPs (78), it is not enough. He said that the representation of women in Indian Parliament is only 14%, whereas it is more than 30% in 42 countries of the world. "I think most political parties in the country will support the Women Reservation Bill. So the onus is on the ruling party now," he added.
Institutions of the country should be independent: NCP MP Amol Ramsingh Kolhe
NCP MP Amol Ramsingh Kolhe in Lok Sabha said that the institutions of this country should be independent. He also said the government schemes will be effective only if they are taken out of papers to its actual recepients.
He also raised the issue of farmers' suicide in Maharashtra, saying that at least eight farmers end their lives in the state every day.
Would you call Vajpayee government mahamilawati as well: BSP's Danish Ali
Taking a dig at the NDA government, BSP MP Danish Ali said that would the BJP, which called the Opposition alliance as 'Mahamilawati', call the coalition government run by Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1999-2004 the same. Ali also said in Lok Sabha questioned the PM Crop Insurace Scheme, saying that instead of helping the farmers, the scheme benefits the multi-national insurance companies.
He ended his speech by condemning the Jharkhand mob lynching case.
Keep your New India, return our Old India to us: Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the present government can keep its New India to itself and return the Old India to the people of the country. "In Old India, there was no enmity, no anger, hate, lynchings. In this New India, man has become man's enemy. Give us that India where Hindu Muslim Sikh Christian live peacefully and are ready to give their life for each other," he said.
He also said, "Jharkhand has become a factory of lynching & violence. Dalits & Muslims are killed there every week. PM, we are with you in the fight of 'Sabka saath sabka vikas' but it should be there for people to see it. We can't see it anywhere."
Old india where there was no enmity, no anger, hate, lynching. In this new india, man has become man's enemy. Give us that India where Hindu Muslim Sikh Christian live peacfully and are ready to give their life for each other.
YSRCP MP raises the issue of special status for Andhra Pradesh
YSRCP MP Midhun Reddy brought up the issue of farmers, especially in light of the numerous cyclones the Andhra Pradesh in the Lok Sabha. He also demanded the special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
TMC's Sugata Roy targets the government in Lok Sabha
TMC MP Sugata Roy targets the government in the Lok Sabha over mob lynchings, EVM and other issues. Mentioning a report from a US media, he questions BJP's win in general elections and calls PM Modi a divisive figure.
He also questioned the government on Kashmir issue, unemployment rate and state of PSUs.
Abhinandan's moustache should be made 'national moustache', says Congress
Congress Lok Sabha leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be awarded and his moustache should be made 'national moustache.
Congress Lok Sabha leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be awarded and his moustache should be made 'national moustache'. (file pic of Abhinandan Varthaman) pic.twitter.com/0utFf61wwl— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2019
Make Tamil official state language of Tamil Nadu: DMK's T R Balu
DMK's Shri Perambadur MP T R Balu said in the Lok Sabha today that Tamil should be introduced as the official language in all PSUs of Tamil Nadu. "The government should come forward and make the State language the official language in that State," he said.
He also spoke about the lack of water in the state and the plight of farmers "suffering without water".
West Bengal Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury replies to Motion of Thanks on President's Address
Replying to replies to Motion of Thanks on President's Address by BJP leader Pratap Sarangi, Adhir remarks at the BJP government and Sarangi's accusations at the Opposition, following which there was chaos in the Parliament and his comments were expunged from the record.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: Modi came to power by calling Sonia, Rahul Gandhi thieves, then how are they sitting in Parliament?
Targetting prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "Did you manage to catch anybody in 2G and coal allocation scam? Did you manage to send Sonia Gandhi ji and Rahul Gandhi ji behind the bars? You came to power by calling them thieves, then how are they sitting in the parliament?"
Oppn never praises accomplishments of PM Modi: Pratap Sarangi
Citing the failure of the Opposition in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election, Sarangi said: "I remember former PM Vajpayee had praised former PM Indira Gandhi whenever she had done good work. This too is an intergral duty of the Opposition. But our current Opposition never does that - why, I wonder."
Union Minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi during motion of thanks in Lok Sabha: People who say 'Bharat ke tukde tukde karne tak jung rahegi', & 'Pakistan zindabad, Afzal Guru zindabad', do they have the right to live in this country? pic.twitter.com/0wMoOyPGNZ— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2019
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary targets Centre over AES deaths in Bihar.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary targetted the Central government over several issues including AES deaths in Bihar.
Bill to amend SEZ Act in Lok Sabha
A bill to allow trusts to set up units in special economic zones (SEZs) was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday. The Union Cabinet had recently approved introduction of the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to replace an ordinance which was promulgated in March by the previous government. The ordinance had paved the way for trusts to set up units in SEZs. After the amendment of sub-section (v) of section 2 of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005, a trust or any entity notified by the central government will be eligible to be considered for grant of permission to set up a unit in SEZs, according to the bill. The amendment also seeks to provide flexibility to the central government to include 'trusts' in the definition of a 'person', in a bid to facilitate investments in these zones.
Congress MP seeks steps to revive MTNL, BSNL
A Congress Rajya Sabha member Monday sought immediate steps to revive state-owned telecom firms MTNL and BSNL, saying employees were not being paid salaries on time. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Ripun Bora said while private sector companies have been alloted 4G and 5G spectrum, the two public sector enterprises were being forced to operate services through the 3G spectrum. According to him, about 45,000 employees of MTNL and 1.74 lakh of BSNL were not being paid salaries on time for several months now. "The government should bail them out," Bora said and made a case for recapitalisation of the two PSUs. The Congress MP asked the government to take "immediate steps" to reduce losses of the two public sector telecom companies and revive them.
Kerala govt willing to operate Thiruvananthapuram airport: CPI-M MP
The planned privatisation of five airports in the country with the Adani Group as their operator was opposed in the Rajya Sabha Monday, with a CPI(M) MP saying the Kerala government is willing to operate the Thiruvananthapuram airport. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, K K Ragesh (CPI-M) said the Adani Group has emerged as the winner in privatisation bid of five airports at Lucknow, Jaipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Mangaluru and Ahmedabad. The Kerala government, he said, had expressed willingness to take over the Thiruvananthapuram airport but the Centre advised it to take part in the auction bid process. "It is regrettable that the state government is being considered on the same footing as the Adani Group," he said.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm. Discussion will resume post lunch.
Pratap Sarangi moves motion of thanks on the President's address
Piyush Goyal presents Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal introduced The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019. He lay on table an explanatory statement showing reasons for immediate legislation by promulgation of the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.
Ravi Shankar Prasad tables Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has tabled the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019. It will replace an ordinance issued in March and proposes stiff penalties for violation of norms. The Bill also proposes giving a child an option to exit from the biometric ID programme on attaining 18 years of age.
Rajya Sabha members raise issue of drinking water crisis
Rajya Sabha MPs Monday raised the issue of growing drinking water crisis in different parts of the country and demanded immediate interventions such as inter-linking of rivers and rain water harvesting to recharge ground water table. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Satyanarayan Jatiya (BJP) said parts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka have traditionally faced water crisis but now the the problem has extended to fresh areas "There has to be a permanent solution to drinking water crisis," he said, suggesting five big river inter-linking projects need to be taken up on a priority so as to make available excess water of one area to deficit regions.
Sudip Bandyopadhyay asks question on collection of direct and indirect taxes in Lok Sabha
Sudip Bandyopadhyay asks a supplementary question on the collection of direct and indirect taxes in Lok Sabha.
TMC MPs hold protest against EVMs in Parliament premises
TMC MPs are holding a sit-in in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue on the Parliament's premises , demanding election be held by ballot paper instead of electronic voting machines (EVMs). The party, which has been crying foul over the use of EVMs in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls, Monday said their agenda for the protest was - "No to EVMs, Yes to paper ballots." TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier raised questions over the electronic voting machines (EVMs) used in the polls and urged opposition parties to unitedly demand the return of ballot papers. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said a fact-finding committee should be constituted to find out the details about the EVMs used in the recent polls.
RJD leader Manoj Jha calls for Attention Motion in Rajya Sabha over Muzaffarpur AES deaths
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Rajya Sabha MP, Manoj Jha: I have moved a Calling Attention motion in Rajya Sabha over deaths of children in Muzaffarpur.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'increasing crime in Delhi'
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Singh has given a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over increasing crime in the national capital.
DMK holds protest in Chepak against state govt over acute water crisis in Tamil Nadu; Stalin to join soon
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) holds protest in Chepak, against the Tamil Nadu government over acute water crisis in the city; DMK President MK Stalin to join the protest soon.
Chennai: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) holds protest in Chepak, against the #TamilNadu government over acute water crisis in the city; DMK President MK Stalin to join the protest soon. pic.twitter.com/MBnBTKPO85— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2019
DMK MP Ballu gives notice over water crisis in Tamil Nadu
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP, TR Baalu has given notice in Lok Sabha over water crisis in Tamil Nadu.
DNA profiling bill likely to come up before Cabinet today
The DNA Technology Regulation Bill, which seeks to control the use of DNA technology for establishing the identity of a person, is likely to come up before the Cabinet on Monday. The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha in January, but lapsed as it could not be cleared in the Rajya Sabha due to lack of support from the opposition. Following the clearance from the Cabinet, the bill is likely to be reintroduced in Parliament for passage. The legislation seeks to establish a National DNA Data Bank and Regional DNA Data Banks. The bill envisages that every data bank will maintain indices like the crime scene index, suspects' or undertrials' index, offenders' index, missing persons' index and unknown deceased persons' index.
Trinamool MPs stage dharna outside Parliament, demands ballot instead of EVMs
The All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) members are demanding ballot instead of EVMs outside Parliament. They are staging dharna in front of statue of Mahatma Gandhi there.
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