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Parliament LIVE Updates: PM Modi Chairs Meet with Top Ministers; Oppn Stages Walkout from RS over Inflation

Parliament LIVE Updates: The Congress and other opposition parties on Thursday walked out from the Rajya Sabha over the issues of inflation, price rise and farmers. | December 02, 2021, 15:07 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a meeting with his top minister. (News18 Photo)

Parliament LIVE Updates: The Congress and other opposition parties on Thursday walked out from the Rajya Sabha over the issues of inflation, price rise and farmers. The Congress was the first to walk out after Deputy Chairman Harivansh rejected their demand for a discussion on inflation.

Leaders of other parties like the Left and some smaller parties also joined them soon. The TMC, TRS and DMK and some other parties also walked out of Read More

Dec 02, 2021 14:59 IST

Omicron a Setback for International Travel: Scindia

The latest coronavirus variant, Omicron is certainly a setback for resuming international travel, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia told the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Responding to a question during Question Hour, he said, “Omicron’ is certainly a setback. Therefore, several countries have put different yardsticks to deal with it. Our country has categorised 11 nations as “at risk”. The U.K., South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Israel are the “at risk” countries.

Dec 02, 2021 13:48 IST

TRS Members Continue Protests in LS; No Adjournments During Question Hour

Telangana Rashtra Samithi members on Thursday shouted slogans, displayed placards and later tore them and threw the pieces in the Well of the Lok Sabha before walking out of the House while protesting over farmers’ issues. While the members continued with their protests for the fourth straight day, the Question Hour was not adjourned. This is also the first time since the Winter session began on Monday that the Question Hour was completed.

Within minutes of the commencement of the Question Hour, TRS members trooped into the Well displaying placards and later began shouting slogans. They wanted to raise issues related to farmers, including compensation for the families of those who lost their lives during the protest against three farm laws. The farm laws have now been repealed.

Dec 02, 2021 13:19 IST

Oppn Stages Walkout from Rajya Sabha

Congress, NCP, RJD, TRS and IUML stage walkout from Rajya Sabha over the issue of inflation. Trinamool Congress also walkout from Rajya Sabha over various issues including suspension of 12 Opposition MPs

Dec 02, 2021 13:10 IST

No Separate Database for Disabled Persons under PM-GKAY

No separate database has been maintained for disabled persons under National Food Security Act (NFSA) designed to provide additional free of cost foodgrains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY), the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has said. The Ministry said this while replying to a question raised in the Lok Sabha about the total number of persons with disabilities who are covered under Public Distribution System.

Dec 02, 2021 12:37 IST

Govt to Introduce important Bill

The government on Thursday will table ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill 2021’ in the Lok Sabha. A discussion on Covid-19 pandemic and its various related aspects is also likely to take place in the lower House. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will move the ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill’ in the Lok Sabha to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.

Dec 02, 2021 12:07 IST

Govt Categorised 11 'at Risk' Countries: Scindia on 'Omicron' Travel Rules

Union Civil Aviation Min Jyotiraditya Scindia in Lok Sabha said, “It has been our effort over last 6 months to slowly increase flights, internationally as well…Omicron is a setback as all countries across the world need to be safe. Our govt has categorised 11 countries as ‘at risk'”

Dec 02, 2021 11:58 IST

'You Don't Want to Regret Misconduct, But Insist on Revocation of Suspension of MPs': RS Dy Chairman to Oppn

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has urged both the sides to talk it out and do the needful to move forward to enable normal functioning of the House. “You don’t want to regret your misconduct but insist on revoking the decision of this House taken as per due process stipulated under the Rules of the House. Does this amount to upholding the principles of democracy? I urge both the sides of this august House to talk it out and let the House do it’s mandated job.”

Dec 02, 2021 11:46 IST

Rajya Sabha on Suspension of 12 Oppn MPs

Some respected leaders and members of this august House, in their wisdom, chose to describe the suspension of 12 members as ‘undemocratic’. I have struggled to understand if there was any justification in that kind of a narrative being propagated but could not. Latest suspension isn’t the first time to have happened. Such suspension of members, starting in 1962 happened on 11 occasions till 2010,further to a Motion moved by Govts of the day. Were all of them undemocratic? If so,why it was resorted to so many times? While calling this suspension as undemocratic both within&outside the House, not even a word being said about reasons given for suspension, the disdainful conduct of some members during last session, which I have categorically called as ‘acts of sacrilege’. Unfortunately, a message is sought to be sent out that ‘sacrilege’ of the House is democratic but action against such sacrilege is undemocratic. I am sure people of the country would not buy this new norms of democracy

Dec 02, 2021 11:43 IST

Jyotiraditya Scindia Speaks in Lok Sabha on 'Omicron' Travel Rules

Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia is replying to queries of Opposition in the Lok Sabha on travel restrictions over the ‘Omicron’ variant threat.

Dec 02, 2021 11:15 IST

Rajya Sabha Adjourned

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 12 noon due to ruckus created by the Opposition over the suspension of 12 MPs.

Dec 02, 2021 11:12 IST

PM Modi Chairs Meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a meeting with top ministers in Parliament to discuss strategy for the ongoing winter session

Dec 02, 2021 11:11 IST

Oppsoition Parties Continue Protest for Revocation of Suspension of 12 MPs of Rajya Sabha

Dec 02, 2021 10:04 IST

Lower House to Take Up Covid Matter for Discussion Today

Lok Sabha to have a discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic today. The discussion will be held under Rule 193.

Dec 02, 2021 10:00 IST

Winter Session of Parliament

Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Kumar Jha gives Zero Hour Notice on the matter of ‘caste-based census’. Congress MP KC Venugopal gives Suspension of Business Notice under rule 267 to have a discussion in the House on ‘the rising prices of essential commodities & high inflation resulting in huge financial burden on common people in the country’. Congress MP Manish Tewari gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha on the issue of ‘rising inflation’.

Dec 02, 2021 09:43 IST

Bill in Lok Sabha Today

Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya will introduce The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in Lok Sabha today

Dec 02, 2021 09:04 IST

Congress Questions Govt Over Restrictions on Media Access to Parliament Proceedings

The Congress on Wednesday questioned the government over restrictions imposed on the media on coverage of the ongoing winter session of Parliament. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge wrote to Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and demanded that the matter be resolved as a number of senior journalists were not allowed entry inside Parliament due to Covid restrictions.

He also highlighted the importance of free access of media into the domains of Legislative and Executive premises of the Parliament. Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala took a swipe at the government, tweeting “Parliament in Modi ji’s ‘New India’ – Opposition will not be allowed to speak, Opposition MPs will be illegally suspended, Government will not permit discussion in the house, Price Rise-Farmer-China will not be deliberated, Press will have to protest for access to Press Gallery.”

Dec 02, 2021 08:22 IST

Bill to Regulate, Supervise ART Clinics Passed by Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to regulate and supervise assisted reproductive technology clinics. Passed by a voice vote, the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020, seeks for the regulation and supervision of assisted reproductive technology (ART) clinics and assisted reproductive technology banks, prevention of misuse, and safe and ethical practice of assisted reproductive technology services.

Dec 02, 2021 07:44 IST

Frequent Suspension of Internet on Flimsy Grounds Uncalled For, Must Be Avoided: Parl Panel

When the government’s thrust is on digitisation, frequent suspension of the internet on flimsy grounds is uncalled for and must be avoided, a parliamentary panel has said. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, in its report titled ‘Suspension of Telecom and Internet Services and Its Impact’ called for defining the parameters and a robust mechanism for internet shutdown.

It noted that the suspension of telecom services and the internet frequently affected life and liberty of people. The Committee said, When the Government’s thrust is on digitisation and knowledge economy with free and open access to internet at its core, frequent suspension of internet on flimsy grounds is uncalled for and must be avoided.

Dec 02, 2021 07:38 IST

Rajya Sabha Adjourned around 3pm Yesterday Amidst Protest from Opposition Members

The proceedings of the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day on Wednesday amid unrelenting protests by opposition members over the issue of suspension of 12 MPs. When the House assembled at 3 pm following an adjournment post-lunch, the opposition members again started their protest inside the Well and continued their sloganeering. The members did not allow Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who was moving The Dam Safety Bill, 2019 for consideration in the House, to complete his speech.

Dec 02, 2021 07:37 IST

165 Terrorists Killed, 14 Apprehended in J&K This Year: Govt

A total of 165 terrorists have been killed while 14 have been apprehended by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year, the Parliament was informed on Wednesday. Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai told the Rajya Sabha, in a written reply, that there has been a substantial decrease in incidents of infiltration and terrorist attacks in the Union Territory since 2018.

the House while raising the issues of farmers. Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge sought to raise the issue of inflation and price rise and demanded a discussion on it.

Deputy chairman Venkaiah Naidu said it cannot be entertained as the Question Hour was on. Soon other parties also walked out as they wanted to raise the issues of farmers and MSP.

The Union government on Wednesday told Parliament that it has no data on farmers who died during the year-long protests against the three farm laws repealed on November 29. In a written reply to Opposition’s questions in Rajya Sabha, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government did not have any record of farmers who died during the protests and therefore there was “no question for compensation to their families”.

On the other hand, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed the Upper House that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which compiles data from states and Union territories, does not report cases of “hurt to farmers due to attack on farmers’ protests” separately.

“In its report ‘Crime in India 2020′ reported 5,78,641 cases of hurt, but it did not report cases of ‘hurt to farmers due to attack on farmers’ protests separately’, he said.

Rai was responding to a question, which among other details, also sought to know whether it is fact that attacks on farmers’ protests by administration as well as the public have increased during recent times in the country. “Police and public order are state subjects as per the seventh schedule of the Constitution of India. The responsibility of maintaining law and order, including safety and security of farmers, rests primarily with the respective state governments,” he said.

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