Both the Houses of the Parliament were adjourned till 12 noon on Thursday as BJP MPs demanded for an apology from the Congress over Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury’s controversial remark against President Droupadi Murmu. Union Minister Smriti Irani lashed out at the Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi in Lok Sabh claiming she had sanctioned the “humiliation” of Murmu. “Sonia Gandhi, you sanctioned the humiliation of Droupadi Murmu. Sonia ji Read More
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Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal slammed the government saying that they “wasted 10 days and Rs 150 cr to hold the discussion on price rise. “Their replies shave been disappointing. They say there is no inflation in the country but after demonetisation, Covid-19 lockdowns, people arefacing issues. Their farmer policies are wrong, people’s businesses have shut down, malnutrition has risen, I think most in Gujarat. But they’re blind to it. If they only care about how it was during the previous government’s time, why remove them at all?”
They wasted 10 days & 150 cr, to hold the discussion of price rise. Their replies shave been disappointing. They say there is no inflation in the country but after demonetization, covid lockdowns, people are facing great issues: SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal pic.twitter.com/JazhcGP49e
— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2022
Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for Monday and will resume again tomorrow at 11 am.
Congress MPs on Monday staged a walkout while finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman was speaking in Lok Sabha and replying to the discussion on price rise. In the beginning of her speech, she had said the discussion was more on political angles of price rise. ANI
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the GST collection in July was the second highest ever since the introduction of the tax measure. She said at Rs 1.49 lakh crore, it was the fifth consecutive month that collections have been above Rs 1.4 lakh crore. “Today morning we announced GST collection for entire month of July. In July 2022, we garnered the second highest level ever since the introduction of GST — which is Rs 1.49 lakh crore. This is the fifth consecutive month that collections have been above Rs 1.4 Lakh Crores,” she added. ANI
A discussion on price rise will be held from 2 pm on Tuesday in Rajya Sabha. A total of 16 opposition MPs, including TMC’s Derek O’Brien and Phulo Devi Netam of the Congress, have given notice under Rule 176. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be replying to the discussion later in the evening like she did in Lok Sabha on Monday.
Underscoring the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic left, union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it was the people of India who stood up against adversity and she fully credited them for doing so. “I fully credit the people of India for this… Even against adversity we are able to stand up and be recognised as the fastest growing economy,” she added. ANI
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the world had never seen such a pandemic. “We’ve never seen a pandemic of this kind… all of us were trying to make sure that people in our constituencies are given extra help. I recognise that everybody — MPs and state governments — has played a role. Otherwise, India wouldn’t be where it is compared to rest of the world,” she added. ANI
Addressing the Lok Sabha on the price rise discussion on Monday, union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it was more of a discussion on political angles. “Without undermining some of the points that many members have said, I find that it was more a discussion on political angles of price rise rather than actually data-driven concerns about price. So, I too will try to reply a little politically,” she added. ANI
Responding to the price rise debate, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the GDP of the United States was 0.9 per cent in the second quarter, marking an unofficial recession. Referring to Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s query on the matter, Sitharaman also said there was no question of India going into recession.
Addressing the Lok Sabha on Monday after discussion on price rise, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said India was better as compared to the rest of the world due to steps taken by Reserve Bank of India and central government. After weeks of protests and disruptions in parliament over the issue, Sitharaman said the world had never seen such a pandemic before and when the International Monetary Fund downgraded global growth, India remained the fastest growing.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day. It will meet against at 11 am on Tuesday.
Parliament on Monday passed a bill, which seeks to extend the application of domestic laws to research stations set up by India in the Antarctic region. The Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022, piloted in the Upper House by earth sciences minister Jitendra Singh, was passed with a voice vote. The house rejected several amendments moved by opposition parties, including for sending the bill to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha for scrutiny of the proposed legislation. Lok Sabha had given its approval to the bill on July 22. India has two active research stations in the Antarctic – Maitri and Bharti – where scientists are involved in research. The bill proposes to prohibit Indian expedition to Antarctica without a permit or written authorisation of another party to the Antarctic Treaty, provides for inspection by an officer appointed by the government and for penalty for contravention of certain provisions of the legislation. It also seeks to form a fund for the welfare of Antarctic research work and protection of the environment of the icy continent. PTI
Country has double-digit inflation for last 14 months, it's highest in 30 yrs. Consumer food price index is skyrocketting. GST increased on daily use things like rice, curd, paneer & on pencils and sharpeners, govt is not sparing even children: Congress leader Manish Tewari pic.twitter.com/zEOlTms18N
— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2022
The deadlock in the Lok Sabha ended after the motion to remove the suspension of MPs was passed in parliament. The suspension of the four Congress MPs has been revoked. The four Congress MPs- Manickam Tagore, Ramya Haridas, Jothimani and TN Prathapa, were suspended on July 25 for the entire session by Speaker Om Birla, for carrying placards inside the House as a mark of protest.
Motion to remove the suspension of MPs passed in Lok Sabha. Suspension revoked. Deadlock ends in Lok Sabha. Discussion on Price rise begins in the House.
Opposition is demanding that the issue of price rise be discussed. Today, the issue has been listed in Lok Sabha while tomorrow it’ll be listed in Rajya Sabha: Union minister Piyush Goyal in Rajya Sabha
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Opposition leaders said while there is a consensus among them about the need for a discussion on Agnipath, which had sparked widespread violence across the country, they have varied stands on the subject.
With barely 10 working days remaining before the Monsoon Session gets over on August 12, it is unlikely the parties would be able to extract a debate on the new armed forces recruitment scheme in either House.
“We will definitely raise the issue in Parliament, however, there is very little time to force a discussion on it as the session is ending on August 12 and in between there is a weekend, the vice presidential election as well as the farewell for (outgoing vice president) Venkaiah Naidu,” said an opposition leader. Also, some leaders said the parties have also different stands on the issue with those based in northern region demanding a complete withdrawal of the scheme, while some like the TMC asking that state governments be freed of the liability to provide jobs for the Agniveers.
Congress leaders such as Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana Deepender Singh Hooda has demanded a complete rollback. Sources said the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi Party and the Congress have already filed notices demanding a discussion on Agnipath in both Houses. Three three notices are likely to be filed on Monday. Opposition leaders have indicated the government has conveyed to them informally they have no plans of accommodating their request on Agnipath as the matter is sub-judice. The government has also listed two bills — The Central Universities(Amendment) Bill, 2022 to be introduced and the The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021 to be passed in the Lok Sabha.
In the Rajya Sabha too two Bills will come up for consideration and passing on Monday — the Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act, 2005; and a Bill to provide for the national measures for protecting the Antarctic environment and dependent and associated ecosystems and to give effect to the Antarctic Treaty, the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. Both these Bills have been passed by the Lok Sabha.