Rahul Gandhi-Rajnath Singh Spar Over Farmer Suicides in Lok Sabha

Rahul Gandhi-Rajnath Singh Spar Over Farmer Suicides in Lok Sabha

Addressing the Lok Sabha on Thursday, 11 July, Wayanad MP and former Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacked the Narendra Modi-led government over farmer issues. In a counterattack, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh alleged that farmers were in their ‘worst condition’ during the Congress rule.

Congress MPs staged a walkout in Lok Sabha over the political situations in Karnataka and Goa
The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed by a voice vote in Rajya Sabha on 8 July
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Congress Walks out of Lok Sabha over Karnataka, Goa

Congress members on Thursday, 11 July, walked out of the Lok Sabha over the political situation in Karnataka and Goa where many of its MLAs have either quit the House or joined the BJP.

The House was plunged into uproar when a Congress request to raise the issue during Zero Hour was not allowed by Speaker Om Birla.

The agitated Congress MPs then trooped out of the House. This was the party’s third walkout in as many days.

Govt Preparing Rs 14K Project to Identify Accident Black Spots: Nitin Gadkari in Lok Sabha

A Rs 14,000 crore project has been prepared by the government to identify accident black spots and plug gaps in highways to reduce casualties, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in Lok Sabha on Thursday, 11 July.

Gadkari said the Ministry of Finance has given its in- principle approval to the project and his Ministry has approached the World Bank to implement it.

“It is a highly sensitive subject for our government.

Despite our efforts, the success rate to reduce road accidents is not good. We have prepared a Rs 14,000 crore project to identify accident black spots so that loopholes can be plugged. The Ministry of Finance has given its in-principle approval to it,” he said during Question Hour.

Rajnath Singh Hits Back at Rahul Gandhi Over Farmer Issues in Lok Sabha

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a counter attack to Rahul Gandhi, said in Lok Sabha “People who ran govt for decades responsible for situation of farmers”.

Cong Leaders Protest in Parliament over Karnataka, Goa Crisis

Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Rahul Gandhi, AK Antony and other party MPs during their ‘Save Democracy’ protest over Karnataka and Goa issues, in front of the statue Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament complex in New Delhi,
Congress MPs held a protest against the ruling BJP in Parliament on Thursday, 11 July, over the political crisis which has hit the party in Karnataka and Goa.

A number of top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma, protested near the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex and shouted slogans. They also carried placards with messages like “Save Democracy”.

Rahul Gandhi Attacks Modi Govt Over Farmer Issues

Addressing the Lok Sabha on Thursday, 11 July, Wayanad MP and former Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacked the Narendra Modi-led government over farmer issues. Gandhi said, “The farmers in the country are suffering. I would like to draw the government’s attention towards it. No concrete steps were taken in the Union Budget to provide relief to the farmers.”

He added, “I would like to request the central government to direct RBI to consider the moratorium by Kerala government and ensure that banks don’t threaten farmers with recovery notices.”

RS Adjourned for Second Straight Day on Uproar Over K’taka Crisis

Uproar by Congress over political crisis in Karnataka stalled major part of proceedings in the Rajya Sabha for the second straight day on Wednesday. But the national party finally agreed to continue the debate on Budget in an orderly manner on Thursday.

The Upper House was adjourned thrice, before being adjourned for the day, after the Treasury and Opposition benches agreed to continue the discussion on Budget on Thursday.

Article 370 Temporary Provision in Constitution: Govt tells Rajya Sabha

The government on Wednesday said Article 370, which provides for special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is a temporary provision in the Constitution, and Article 35A, which gives special rights to the natives of the state, was added through a Constitution order issued by the President of India.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told Rajya Sabha that at present, Article 370 is contained as a temporary provision with respect to Jammu and Kashmir in Part XXI (Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions) of the Constitution.

“At present, Article 35A is contained in the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 which was added through the Constitution Order issued by the President of India under Article 370,” he said in a written reply.

‘Govt Committed to Path of Fiscal Consolidation Without Compromising on Public Expenditure’: FM Sitharaman

Addressing the Lok Sabha on the Union Budget on Wednesday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government is “committed to the path of fiscal consolidation without compromising on public expenditure.”

“Budget reflects the government’s commitment to substantially boost education, health and infrastructure sectors.(It) targets good cycle of investment, more jobs, ‘Make in India’, infrastructure development,” she was further quoted as saying.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman”If we have set a target of $5 trillion, it’s because we’re taking very strong steps for promotion of growth, incentivising investment, ensuring that investment comes.”
FM Nirmala Sitharaman Addresses Lok Sabha, Will Carry Forward Budget Discussion

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Wednesday, addressed the Lok Sabha, and answered questions about the 2019 Union Budget, which was presented by her last week, on 5 July.

Sithraman began by thanking all the MPs who took part in the budget discussion.

Niramala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister”I wish to thank all members of the house who participated in the discussion on the budget. The number of MPs who participated in the discussion makes me feel reassured that the issues related to the economy will be looked upon.”
Centre Has No Role in HC Judges Appointment: RS Prasad in Lok Sabha

Under Article 235, administrative control over the members of district and subordinate judiciary in the states are vested with the concerned High Court.

The initiation of the proposal for appointment of Judges in HCs vests with the Chief Justice. Further, the state in consultation with HC frames rules and regulations regarding the appointment, promotion, reservations etc. of judicial officers in the state. Therefore, the Centre has no role in this.

No Proposal to Privatise Railways: Piyush Goyal

There is no proposal to privatise Indian Railways, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

The Railway’s response to a question about privatisation came against the backdrop of a proposal of the national transporter to give two trains to private operators.

In a written reply, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, “No specific passenger train has been identified to be run by private payers so far.”

However, sources have said that Railways have identified New Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express, but no official announcement has been made.

Responding to a supplementary, Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi said further studies on the issue are underway and trials will be held in the coming days.

In his written response, Goyal said, “… there is no proposal to privatise Indian Railways.”

He was asked whether he is aware that a report submitted to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018 had highlighted challenges presented by large-scale privatisation to protection of human rights.

In a separate written reply, Goyal said that as of 1 April this year, there are 189 new lines projects, totalling 21,443 kilometres, in various stages of planning/approval/execution, which will connect areas not covered thus far under the railway network.
Rajasthan Gehlot Announces Rs 1,000-cr Farmers’ Welfare Fund, Infra Projects

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday presented the Budget for 2019-20 which proposed a Rs 1,000 crore fund for farmers’ welfare apart from various schemes in the irrigation, renewable energy and health sectors.

Presenting the Budget in the Rajasthan Assembly, Gehlot said that a separate feeder at a cost of Rs 5,200 crore will be established to provide uninterrupted supply of electricity to farmers.
He added that it is a people’s Budget and has been prepared considering their sentiments and suggestions.

Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister, Rajasthan”We have made efforts to include the suggestions and sentiments of the people. The Budget was prepared after discussion with all sections of the society. Achieving new heights in development would be priority of the state government.”
Gehlot announced a Rs 1,000 crore farmers’ welfare fund, a policy for new and renewable energy projects, set a target of Rs 16,000 crore crop loans from cooperative banks and said ‘Nandi Shala’ will be built in each gram panchayat.

The chief minister also announced Rs 927 crore for state highways, Janta Clinics on the lines of Mohalla Clinics in Delhi, new policy for electric vehicles, and said no permission will be required for MSMEs for the first three years.

He also announced including 104 types of new medicines in the state government’s free medicine scheme and Rs 1,000 crore assistance under the CM Youth Employment Scheme. Besides, 75,000 vacant positions will be filled in various government departments to provide jobs to the youth.

BJP MP Tejasvi Surya Calls Upon Centre to Extend NRC to K’taka

BJP MP from Bangalore south, Tejasvi Surya, while addressing the lower house of the Parliament, raised the issue of illegal immigrants, saying that they are a security threat to the state.

He further gave an example of a terror module that operates from Bangladesh and was busted in Bengaluru. Surya called upon the Centre to extend the NRC to Karnataka and Bengaluru to weed out illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till Noon

Proceedings in the upper house of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha, have been adjourned till noon after the Congress leaders’ uproar over developments in Karnataka.

BJP Issues Whip to MPs To Be Present in Parliament

BJP issues a three line whip to its Lok Sabha MPs, asking them to be present in the House on Wednesday.

Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till Tomorrow Amid Uproar Over K’taka Crisis

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till Wednesday, 9 July, reported news agency ANI.

Net Cross-Border Infiltration Has Reduced by 43%: MoS Home Nityanand Rai

Union Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai on Tuesday, 9 July, said the net infiltration has reduced by 43 percent, hailing the government for adopting a policy of zero tolerance towards cross-border infiltration.

“The electric fence on LoC along Indo-Pak Border has proved to be a potent tool to guard against infiltration,” Rai said.

“Due to concerted and synergized efforts of security forces, the security situation in the State has witnessed an improvement in first half of the year over same period in 2018,” Rai added.

Congress MPs Stage Walkout in Lok Sabha Over K’taka Crisis

The Congress MPs in Lok Sabha staged a walkout in protest against the political situation in Karnataka.

BSP MP Kunwar Danish Ali Raises Issue of Mob Lynching in LS

BSP MP Kunwar Danish Ali raised the issue of mob lynching in Lok Sabha and asked if the government plans to bring a law regarding this.

RS Proceedings Adjourned Till Noon Amid Uproar

Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned till noon on Tuesday, 9 July, following uproar by Congress members over the political crisis within the Karnataka government.

Question Hour Underway in Lok Sabha

The Question Hour started on schedule in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, with MoS Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya answering questions on branded and generic medicines.

K’taka Crisis: Cong MP BK Hariprasad Gives Adjournment Motion in RS

Congress MP BK Hariprasad has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 on the current political situation in Karnataka.

Congress LS MPs Meeting Begins at Parliament

Meeting of Lok Sabha MPs of Congress, called by Sonia Gandhi, begins at the Parliament premises.

K’taka Political Crisis: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, K Suresh Give Adjournment Motion in LS

Congress MPs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and K Suresh have given adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha over political situation in Karnataka.

Rajnath Singh Arrives for the BJP Parliamentary Party Meeting

Defence Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh arrives for BJP Parliamentary Party meeting at Parliament premises in Delhi.

Zero Hour Notice Given Over Delay in Punishment on Crimes Against Minor Girls

BJP MP RK Sinha has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over delay in punishment in heinous crimes against minor girls, reported ANI.

41 AN-32 Aircraft Require Upgrade, Process Underway: Defence Ministry

Forty-one AN-32 transport aircraft require upgrade in advanced avionics, navigation and communication equipment and the process to do so should be over by 2024-25, the Defence Ministry said on Monday, 8 July.

In a written response to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in the Defence Ministry Shripad Naik said the AN-32 aircraft is the workhorse of the IAF transport fleet and is used to sustain troops in far flung areas of northeast India, news agency PTI reported.

“All AN-32 aircraft presently have useful residual life and are fully air worthy.” There are 53 upgraded AN-32 aircraft in the fleet and aircraft distribution and deployment is as per existing operational requirements across the country, he said in response to another question.

Economy to Run like Bullet Train, Reach USD 5 Trillion Mark: Sinha

Speaking during the debate on Union Budget 2019-20 in Lok Sabha, former Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Monday, 8 July, expressed confidence that the Centre will not only meet its target of USD 5-trillion economy but reach the USD 10 trillion mark.

Rejecting the Congress’ charge that the Budget was a missed opportunity, he said what the party could not achieve in 60 years was done by the BJP in 60 months, news agency PTI reported.

“When our government came to power in 2014, the economy was in a critical stage… it was a passenger train. We came and brought the train on track… and made that passenger train into Rajdhani train.

“And due to this visionary and effective budget we will make this Rajdhani train into a bullet train. And we will make the opposition member and public sit on that bullet train and complete the target of (USD) 5 trillion economy,” he said.

Bharatmala Phase-1 to Generate 14.2 Crore Man-Days of Employment: Gadkari

The first phase of Bharatmala project, under which 34,800 km of highways will be developed, will generate 14.2 crore man-days of employment, the Parliament was informed on Monday, 8 July.

The project has been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 5.35 lakh crore.

“A total of 34,800 km of national highway length including 10,000 km of residual National Highways Development Project (NHDP) stretches have been approved for development under Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I at an estimated cost of Rs 5,35,000 crore,” Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

“The project is expected to generate about 14.2 crore man days of employment during the implementation of Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I,” the Minister said.

Govt Introduces NHRC Amendments Bill in Lok Sabha

A Bill to change the process of appointment of chairperson and members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday, 8 July.

Introducing the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the legislation was brought to strengthen the NHRC, but the opposition Congress alleged that it was an attempt to undermine the institution.

A key change proposed in the legislation is that a retired Supreme Court judge could also be considered for the Chairpersons position, currently reserved for former Chief Justice of India.

Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill Passed in Rajya Sabha

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed in Rajya Sabha. The amendments provide for use of Aadhaar number for KYC authentication on voluntary basis under the Telegraph Act, 1885, and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

Replying to a debate on the matter, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Aadhaar was a foolproof system and over 123 crore people were currently using it in the country.

Allaying fears of Opposition on data leakages, he said the Aadhaar system had enough safeguards to ensure privacy of the card holder.

“Data sovereignty is integral to us and it will never be compromised,” Prasad reportedly said.

Bill on Voluntary Use of Aadhaar As ID Proof Moved in Rajya Sabha

A bill to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar as proof of identity for opening bank accounts and getting mobile connections was moved in Rajya Sabha on Monday, 8 July.

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which is intended to replace an ordinance issued in March 2019, has already been passed by Lok Sabha last week.

Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad moved the Bill for consideration and passage in the Upper House, news agency PTI reported.

He assured the House that use of Aadhaar is voluntary and informed consent of the biometric identity holder has to be obtained before it is used.

Over 36% Schools in India Without Electricity: HRD Minister

Over 36 percent of schools across the country do not have electricity, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ reportedly said on Monday, 8 July.

The information was shared by the minister in response to a written question in Lok Sabha, news agency PTI reported.

“As per Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) report, 2017-18, 63.14 percent schools have power supply,” he said.

According to the report, Assam has least number of schools with electricity at 24.28 percent, followed by Meghalaya at 26.34 percent.

1.86 Lakh Bullet-Proof Jackets to Be Procured by April Next Year: Govt

The shortage of bullet-proof jackets for armed forces is being met through procurement of 1.86 lakh such jackets by April 2020 for nearly Rs 639 crore, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed Rajya Sabha on Monday, 8 July.

Replying to supplementaries, the minister said there was no embargo on the import of raw material from China for making such bullet-proof jackets, and any supplier violating the tender norms would face action and could be disqualified, according to a PTI report.

The minister also assured the House that the government has no plans to reduce the justified benefits provided to armed personnel with disabilities.

Interest Rate Cut Transmission Taking Shorter Time: RBI Governor

Clarifying that Interest rate cut transmission is taking shorter time now, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Monday, 8 July, said he hopes to see better transmission of interest rate cuts in the coming weeks and months, PTI reported.

Das further said that Rs 70,000 crore for bank capitalisation is a very positive development, which will help them comply with regulatory requirement and step up banking.

Nirmala Sitharaman, Shaktikanta Das Address Media

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das are addressing a press conference in New Delhi.

“I am sure the government will have an internal discussion with the Reserve Bank of India,” said RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on the proposition made in the Budget to raise part of market borrowing in external market.

Responding to a question on the likely impact of petrol and diesel prices on inflation, Das told ANI, that there is a meeting of Monetary Policy Committee in the first week of August.

“Our internal team will assess it,” Das reportedly said.

Tharoor Attacks Modi Govt 2.0’s Maiden Budget

Congress leader and Thiruvanantapuram MP Shashi Tharoor attacked Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden budget, alleging that the allocations were not mentioned the term GDP was mentioned only once in her speech.

BJP Has Nothing to Do With K’taka Crisis

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in the Parliament, claimed that the BJP has “nothing to do” with the Karnataka political crisis.

“Our party has nothing to do with what is happening in Karnataka. Our party has never indulged in horse trading,” said Singh.

EAM Jaishankar Takes Oath as RS MP

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar takes oath as Rajya Sabha MP.

TMC MPs Protest in Parliament

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