Opposition parties will move privilege motions against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the Rajya Sabha for allegedly misinforming the Upper House on India's foreign policy. While one motion pertains to the Bandung Asia Africa relations conference, the second one is on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lahore visit in 2015.
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Aug 4, 2017 2:35 pm (IST)
Rs 6,000 cr worth of subsidy for handloom sector: Minister
Subsidy worth Rs 6,000 crore has been allocated for the handloom sector, which does not fall under the purview of the GST regime, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Replying to questions, Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta said during the Question Hour that "the Handloom weavers do not come under the GST regime as their total turnover is below Rs 20 lakh."
Maintaining that the government was concerned about the welfare of handloom weavers, he said in order to encourage the setting up of solar power handloom units, the government provides a subsidy of 90 per cent to scheduled tribe weavers, 75 percent to scheduled caste weavers and 50 per cent to the general category weavers.
SP members trooped into the well of the House shouting slogans and disrupted taking up of listed business, forcing Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn the proceedings for 10 minutes.
Aug 4, 2017 12:54 pm (IST)
Rajya Sabha proceedings were on Friday briefly adjourned after opposition Samajwadi Party and BSP created a ruckus over the renaming of the historic Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh after Deen Dayal Upadhyay. UP members trooped into the well of the House shouting slogans and disrupted taking up of listed business, forcing Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn the proceedings for 10 minutes. The issue was raised by Naresh Agarwal (SP), who had given notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to take up discussion on the issue. But Kurien disallowed it saying the subject can be raised in some other form like a zero hour notice. However, the parties from Uttar Pradesh continued to protest. The railway station came into being in 1862 when the East India Company linked Howrah to Delhi by rail.
Aug 4, 2017 12:51 pm (IST)
RECAP | Congress MP objects to Swaraj's remarks on him
Congress leader Rajeev Shukla took objection to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's statement calling him a supporter of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying he had never advocated India giving a go-ahead to that plan.
Shukla said while replying to the debate on foreign policy in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Swaraj had criticised him for supporting CPEC.
"I had not talked of CPEC during my speech," he said, adding the minister "does not take notes and then stands up to criticise" him.
He said he had never advocated in favour of India allowing CPEC.
Aug 4, 2017 11:43 am (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned briefly after uproar by UP parties over renaming of Mughalsarai railway station.
Aug 4, 2017 11:28 am (IST)
Following is today's legislative business for the two Houses of Parliament:
Bills for consideration and passing:
The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill.
The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill.
Private Members' Business.
Private Members' Business.
Bill for consideration and passing:
The Companies (Amendment) Bill.
Aug 4, 2017 11:14 am (IST)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi will move adjournment motion on Good and Service Tax in Lok Sabha
Aug 4, 2017 10:27 am (IST)
RECAP | Rajya Sabha members on Thursday demanded action against online games like 'Blue Whale', alleging that it was linked to suicide of a young boy in Maharashtra last week. Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the House, Amar Shankar Sable (BJP) said Manpreet, who allegedly committed suicide by jumping from a building, was playing 'Blue Whale' game for 50 days.
Amar Shankar Sable further said about 130 suicides linked to the game have taken place in America, Russia, England, and Italy.
Aug 4, 2017 10:25 am (IST)
RECAP | External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that the standoff with China can only be resolved through diplomacy and a war would not help solve problems. Speaking in Rajya Sabha after Opposition cast doubts over the government’s foreign policy, Sushma Swaraj said that “patience is key to resolving problems,” because if patience is lost, there can be provocation from the other side. “We will keep patience to resolve the issue," she said.
She was replying to a discussion on "India’s foreign policy and engagement with strategic partners" during which members voiced concern over the stand-off and raised questions over India's policy. In response to questions, she said military readiness is always there as the military is meant to fight wars. "But war cannot resolve problems. So wisdom is to resolve diplomatically," the external affairs minister asserted.
Aug 4, 2017 10:18 am (IST)
The second privilege is for allegedly "misinforming the House on Modi's 2015 Lahore visit, claiming that there was no terror incident after that". The opposition, however, seeks to differ saying the Pathankot terror attack happened immediately after Modi's visit and there were five other incidents after that too. Incidentally, the issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday with Congress leader Anand Sharma and Trinamool leader Derek O' Brien saying that Swaraj had delivered her speech at Bandung despite claims to the contrary.
Aug 4, 2017 10:18 am (IST)
Opposition parties will move privilege motions against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the Rajya Sabha for allegedly misinforming the House on India's foreign policy.
According to sources, leaders of different political parties will move two privilege motions against Swaraj for allegedly "providing wrong information on the Bandung Asia Africa relations conference and about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lahore visit in 2015".
The sources said that while Swaraj claimed that she had not delivered any speech in the Bandung conference, the opposition parties have downloaded a purported speech and will attach it as proof.