Monsoon session day 6: Rajya Sabha passes FDDI Bill, The Admiralty Bill, 2017
New Delhi, July 24: The sixth day of Monsoon session that began on Monday witnessed ruckus in Lok Sabha and was adjourned till Tuesday. The Upper House witnessed some business as Footwear Designing and Development Bill (FDDI) passed in Rajya Sabha. Legislative business has taken a hit in the ongoing stormy Monsoon Session amid fiery debates and repeated adjournments.
The Opposition has been creating a ruckus in the Parliament over issues like farmer crisis and increase in the incidents of mob lynchings.
With two of the 19 sittings scheduled in this session already a near washout, the government is trying hard to push through key bills, from a total 34 bills lined up for passing in the Monsoon Session.
In Lok Sabha
LS adjourned till tomorrow.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan mentions the names of parliamentarians who tore papers. "This conduct of MPs is unbecoming. I am therefore constrained to suspend these MPs from the proceedings of parliament for five consecutive days," she says before adjourning the House till 2.30 PM.
Gaurav Gogoi, Kodikunnil Suresh, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Sushmita Dev, Ranjeet Ranjan, and M.K.Raghavan have been suspended for five consecutive days.
Lok Sabha witnessed unruly scenes with some MPs tearing papers in the House in protest as their adjournment motion was rejected.
Lok Sabha Speaker says Sushma Swaraj will give a statement on missing Indians in Iraq in the House at 5 pm today.
Zero Hour ends. Lok Sabha adjourned. Will meet again at 2 PM.
I want to see how undisciplined can the Oppn get: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Amid rising din in the Lok Sabha, a visibly upset Speaker said, "Mujhe bhi dekhne do kitni anushasan heenta ye log kar sakte hain jabki hum charcha de rahe hain."
Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge looses cool and stands up in the House while ministers seek leave to introduce bills. He told Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that the Opposition was not being given a chance to speak. Kharge was apparently upset as the Speaker had dismissed the adjournement motion.
The country is facing lynching and attacks on Dalits, minorities and women. The government has failed to protect the marginalised, says Kharge.
Arun Jaitley seeks leave to introduce Banking Regulation amendment bill in Lok Sabha. TMC's Saugata Roy opposes the bill.
Congress to raise the issue of rising road accidents due to pothole ridden roads.
An MP asks why benefits of reservations are not given for OBC students in Navodaya Vidyalayas. Government says it will consider the suggestion.
Taking a tough stance against a belligerent Opposition, raising slogans in the House, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that she will not allow the Question Hour to be disrupted by the Opposition's adjournment notice.
The Opposition is raising slogans in the House against the increased incidents of mob lynchings, after the Speaker told them that the notice will only be taken up after the Question Hour.
Chants of "band karo, band karo mob lynching band karo" and "Gundagardi nahi chahiye" echoed in the Lok Sabha as Union Minister of State, Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman tried to answer the MPs' questions, raising her voice above the din.
Question Hour begins in Lok Sabha. Opposition MPs storm the well seeking debate on agrarian crisis. But the Speaker wants to continue with Question Hour.
Lok Sabha proceedings begin. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan informs the House about loss of lives in floods and bus accident in Rajasthan. The House mourns the deaths.
In Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day.
The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017 is passed.
D Raja, while supporting the Bill, raises the issue of a recently passed Sri Lankan law that would affect Indian fishermen.
D Bandhopadhyay (Trinamool Congress) speaks in favour of the Bill. He however points out that the jurisdiction of terrirorial waters must be clearly demarcation.
The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017 is taken up for consideration.
Footwear Designing and Development Bill (FDDI) passed in Rajya Sabha.
The Upper House is discussing a bill on establishing the Footwear design and development Bill. While discussing the issue, the question of Dalits being atatcked by cow vigilantes came into discussion. Howvever, it did not lead to a major disruption in the House.
Rajya Sabha re-convenes after adjournment.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm after Question Hour gets over.
SP's Ram Gopal Yadav asks govt to brief Rajya Sabha on progress of Namami Gange project.
Tamil Nadu and West Bengal MPs troop the Well demanding answers on NEET. Health Minister J P Nadda says the ministry is looking into NEET issue.
Anand Sharma and A K Antony wants to government to respond to media reports on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conversation with Modi. Why a change in stand on Palestine, they ask.
Congress' Ripun Bora gives adjournment notice in Rajya Sabha over CAG report on shortage of ammunition with Army.
Derek O Brien, says NEET papers set in Tamil and Bengali were different from rest of the country. These two states have been affected, he says.
He also points out a newspaper report that Rabinranath Tagore's reference has been removed from NCERT books.
KTS Tulsi raises breach of privilege of MPs over 'distortion' of Naresh Agrawal's comment on Hindu deities.
Rajya Sabha proceedings begin. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien is in the Chair. Ministers are laying papers listed against their names.
Concern over working days
Expressing concern over the dwindling number of working days in Parliament, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury has called for enacting a law to ensure there is at least 100 days of active presence of members in the House.
"In the last 2-3 years, Parliament sittings were not held for more than 60 to 70 days (in a year). In such a scenario, how the government will be held accountable?" the 64-year-old Left leader asked. "In contrast, the British Parliament sits for 200 days in a year," he noted.
This will make sure that the government of the day is held accountable for its actions and policies, and members get enough time to deliberate on key issues, the Rajya Sabha member said on Sunday night.
Today's agenda in both Houses
The key bills, including The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, are listed for discussion and passing in Lok Sabha.
The four bills will be tabled for discussion, apart from statements by Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of Steel Vishnu Deo Sai.
Pradhan will brief the Lower House on the strategic sale of Government of India's existing 51.11 percent shares in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), while Sai will speak about the status of implementation of the recommendations contained in the 29th Report of the Standing Committee on Coal and Steel.
The legislative business lined up for Monday will include crucial Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
In Rajya Sabha, four bills are scheduled to be discussed, with the ministers moving to pass the bill. The days agenda indicates that Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017, Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017, and Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017 will be debated in the Upper House on Monday.