The Monsoon Session of Parliament comes to an end today as both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned sine die four days ahead of its schedule. The Session, which was originally scheduled to have 18 sittings from July 18 to August 12, was curtailed due to completion of essential Government Business and demand of members in view of two gazetted and the Parliamentary holidays ahead. Read More
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said as far as he knew outgoing Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, his farewell is not possible as people will keep calling him for something or the other. Addressing an event at the Parliament House complex organised by members of Parliament to bid farewell to Naidu, he said a collection of good words was in order to carry forward the legacy of Naidu who has all along propagated the use of the mother tongue in the Upper House and outside.
Heaping praises on outgoing Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the former might have been the first Chairman who knew how to make the House more capable and take out its best for the country, to make the Parliamentary committee more productive and outcome-oriented, with an aim to improve it. We should make his advice memorable, he said.
Speaking at his farewell function, outgoing Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said, “Our Indian culture has so much in it, and I love this culture.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled working with M Venkaiah Naidu for the BJP during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. “M Venkaiah Naidu and I had a lot of interactions when I worked for the party during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. Venkaiah Ji used to say that he’d like to work in the Rural Development department. He had passion for it,” said PM Modi during RS Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s farewell ceremony.
“He has always had knowledge of everything that happened in the House, behind the curtains. Thus, as the Chairman, he always knew what was to come from both sides. This experience used to become a point of concern for Opposition friends,” he added.
M Venkaiah Naidu & I had a lot of interactions when I worked for the party during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s govt; Venkaiah Ji used to say that he’d like to work in the Rural Development dept. He had passion for it: PM Modi, during RS Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s farewell ceremony pic.twitter.com/LPpXvf98TQ
— ANI (@ANI) August 8, 2022
The Monsoon Session, 2022 of the Parliament which commenced on July 18, has been adjourned sine die on August 8. The Session provided 16 sittings spread over a period of 22 days. The Session, which was originally scheduled to have 18 sittings from July 18 to August 12, was curtailed due to completion of essential Government Business and demand of members in view of two gazetted and the Parliamentary holidays ahead.
During the Session 6 Bills were introduced in Lok Sabha. 7 Bills were passed by Lok Sabha and 5 Bills were passed by Rajya Sabha. One Bill was withdrawn with the leave of Lok Sabha. A total of five Bills passed by both Houses of the Parliament during the Session.
Lok Sabha adjourned sine die four days ahead of its schedule. Parliament’s monsoon session began on July 18.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla informed that six bills were introduced and seven bills were passed during the monsoon session.
Lok Sabha passed The New Delhi International Arbitration (Amend) Bill, 2022. Law Minister Kiren Rijuju moved ‘The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (Amendment) Bill, 2022’ in Lok Sabha today. The Act provides provision for setting up the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre and designates it as an institute of national importance.
Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die four days ahead of its schedule. Parliament’s monsoon session began on July 18.
Law Minister Kiren Rijuju moved ‘The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (Amendment) Bill, 2022’ in Lok Sabha. The Act provides provision for setting up the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre and designates it as an institute of national importance.
Lok Sabha passed ‘The Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022’. The Bill seeks to amend the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 which promotes energy efficiency and conservation.
“Our progress in the field of renewable energy is something that I’m proud of, every Indian is proud of it,” said renewable Energy Minister RK Singh during his reply to the discussion on The Energy Conservation (Amend) Bill 2022 in Lok Sabha.
The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2022 taken up for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha. The bill, which seeks to convert the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), a Deemed to be University into Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV), a Central University, was passed by Lok Sabha on August 3.
In his last remarks as the Rajya Sabha Chairman, Venkaiah Naidu thanked Members of Parliament for love and affection towards him. “We are not enemies, we are rivals. We must work hard to outshine others in competition but not run down others. My wish is that Parliament functions well… I am thankful and moved by your love and affection,” he said.
Outgoing Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu remembered the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi told him that he was being selected to become the Vice President of India. “The day PM told me that I was being selected to become the Vice President of India, I was in tears, I didn’t ask for it. Party had given the mandate, I obliged and resigned from the party. Tears were because I had to leave the party,” he said.
Venkaiah Naidu, who is set to retire on August 10 as Vice President, said he tried to accommodate and give opportunities to all sides as Rajya Sabha chairman. “I did my best to maintain… the House. I tried to accommodate & give opportunities to all sides – South, North, East, West, North-East. Each one of you has been given time,” Naidu said.
Outgoing Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that the Upper House, has a “greater” responsibility and appealed MPs to maintain decency, dignity and decorum so that the image and respect of the House is maintained. The entire world is watching India; India is on the move, he said.
“Of all the wonderful things we remember are the food that you served us, and equal credit should go to Ms Naidu. It was absolutely wonderful. Since I eat mostly non-vegetarian food, it was even better,” he further said.
Rajya Sabha proceedings have resumed after a short adjournment.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday said he was veering to the conclusion that Parliament has become “dysfunctional” and alleged that democracy is “gasping for breath” in India with almost all institutions tamed, emasculated or captured. He also said Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu “failed” to protect Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge last week from being summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) when the House was in session.
In an interview with PTI, Chidambaram also dismissed Home Minister Amit Shah’s remarks linking the Congress’ demonstration against price rise on Friday to the Ram temple foundation day, saying the anniversary of the ‘shilanyas’ was “far from our mind” when the date for the protest was fixed. It was fixed taking into account that all the MPs will be in Delhi on Friday because the voting for the vice presidential poll was on Saturday, he said, adding that one can always twist logic to blame someone.
“Moreover, it was on August 5, 2019 that the illegal dismembering of Jammu and Kashmir took place! Let’s leave these aside when discussing a serious issue,” Chidambaram said. Shah had linked Congress leaders’ protest in black clothes over the issues of price rise, unemployment and GST hike to what he said was the party’s “appeasement” politics to convey its opposition to the Ram temple foundation stone laying by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5 in 2020.
Chidambaram also rejected BJP leaders’ charge that the Congress’ protest on August 5 was an attempt to save the party’s top leadership that is facing questioning by the ED in the National Herald case. “We had announced and made it clear that the protests on August 5 were exclusively on inflation, unemployment and Agnipath. If people pretend to be deaf and blind to the announcement, what can we do?” he said.
The leaders summoned in the National Herald case are strong enough to defend themselves and they also have the full support of the rank and file of the party, Chidambaram asserted. Asked about Kharge’s summoning by the ED during the working hours of Parliament last Thursday, he said it was a “sad day” for Rajya Sabha when the Chairman “failed to protect” the Leader of the Opposition from being summoned when the House was in session.