Rajya Sabha proceeds with regular business
The third day of monsoon session of Parliament is expected to hold short duration discussion on agrarian crisis and the recent killing and violence in the name of cow protection.
Lok Sabha was adjourned till 12 noon after Congress MPs wanted to debate issues suspending Question Hour. They continued with sloganeering when Speaker rejected their plea.
Rajya Sabha too witnessed brief adjournment. But unlike Tuesday's session, which was washed out, there is progress in Wednesday's list of business.
Besides the discussion, a couple of Bills pending since Tuesday is also expected to be discussed.
12:53 pm: Bhartruhari Mahtab, in Lok Sabha, talks about having separate time zone for the northeast region. These states can adopt daylight saving time, which will save electricity, he suggests. Minister Ananth Kumar agrees with him and says government will seriously consider his proposal.
12:50 pm: Employees in outsourcing industry are mostly outside social security benefits and even PF is not being given. Have you taken steps to include them? Mr. Laxman says special drive was conducted to include employees who are not included in EPF schemes. We brought out an amnesty scheme. Over 20 lakh employers were brought in through amnesty scheme. Over 80 lakh contract workers were brought in to ambit of social services. As many as one crore three lakh new workers were brought in to EPFO, says Mr. Lakshman.
12:47 pm: Anand Bhaskar Ropulu says IT employees are facing unceremonious termination. What is the Labour Minister going to do, given that there is no superannuation benefit to them. Labour Minister Bangaru Laxman says EPFO will provide benefits to IT employees as well.
12:40 pm: Prahlad Joshi takes up issue of report filed by DIG Roopa on irregularities in Karnataka prisons. He mentions how VIP prisoners are being given "excellent facilities". He goes on to say whistleblowers are being transferred out. Congress MPs object to it.
12:37 pm: Minister Nadda says the issue is very serious. A committee has clearly mentioned that nurses should get not less than Rs. 20,000 as wages in a 200-bedded hospitals. The Health Ministry has issued guidelines to States to implement the committee report. The states should comply according to the committee report.
12:32 pm: Anto Antony says private hospitals are paying Rs. 200 per day for nurses. Even a coolie worker earns more in Kerala, he says. The plights of nurses working in private establishments and as contract workers are pathetic across the nation. Mr. Antony wants the government to introduce a comprehensive bill in this regard. k.C Venugopal also joins the issue.
12:30 pm: Rajya Sabha reassembles. Question Hour continues. Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma answers questions on honorarium to performing artists.
12:26 pm Anurag Thakur talks about rape of a teen in Himachal Pradesh. Even after 15 days, the culprits have not been arrested, he says. The Himachal Pradesh government is sleeping over the issue, he says.
12:24 pm Even after repeated requests from Ms. Mahajan to cut short his speech, Mr. Yadav continues to speak. She stops him and passes on to the next person.
12:18 pm In Lok Sabha, Mulayam Singh Yadav speaks about Chinese incursion. China is prepared to attack India, he claims. He says India should continue to support autonomy of Tibet and should stand by Dalai Lama.
12:11 pm Questions related to cow vigilantism is taken up in Rajya Sabha. An MP wants to know if NCRB maintains records of lynching related to cow vigilantism. Mr. Ahir says the NCRB maintains record of caste and religion-based violence. Law and order is a State subject, he says.
12:10 pm Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar says the government is pro-farmers. He requests opposition MPs to take part in the discussion, which is scheduled later in the day. Unhappy with response, Congress walks out.
12:07 pm Speaker assures MPs that there will be a short duration debate on the agrarian crisis. But Congress MPs demand it be discussed now suspending Zero Hour.
12:05 pm In Lok Sabha, Congress MPs want discussion on Rule 193. Mallikarjun Kharge reads out adjournment notice, which was rejected. Speaker proceeds with Zero Hour.
12:02 am Naresh Agarwal asks action taken against cow vigilantes. MoS Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir says State government are taking action against such incidents.
12:00 noon Lok Sabha proceedings begin. Various papers are being laid on the table.
12:00 noon Zero Hour ends. Question Hour begins. In the Chair is Vice-President Hamid Ansari.
11:54 am Tiruchi Siva raises the issue of locals protesting in Kathiramangalam against ONGC's drilling activities to extract methane. The groundwater is contaminated. This exploration will affect farming in the delta region. The ONGC and government should meet the people, Mr. Siva says.
11:51 am Subbarami Reddy talks about floods situation in northern and northeastern India. Along with floods, come vector-borne diseases, he says.
11:50 am Pratap Singh Bajwa raises the issue of Indian youth allegedly lured into Islamic State. He asks about the whereabouts of Indians in Mosul. Why not send an all-party delegation, he suggests.
11:44 am Vijay Sai Reddy, Andhra Pradesh MP, raises the issue of rising availability of narcotic drugs in illegal markets. Recently, a spate of arrests were made in Telugu speaking states, involving Nigerian nationals and even film faternity.
11:40 am Tapan Kumar Sen says: "Privatisation and selling of national assets chanting nationalistic slogans has become the policy of this government." Fourteen ordinance factories being closed. BEML being forced to privatise. What national interest is being served here by destroying our manufacturing capacities, he asks.
11:36 am KK Rageesh speaks against privatisation of Hindustan Newsprints. The company is in crisis after government removed the import duty on foreign newsprints. The modernisation proposal is waiting for government's acceptence. The company can be made profitable, he says.
11:32 am Mr. Raja raises the issue of reports on shutting down the Central Institute of Classical Language functioning in Chennai. This is being done with ulterior motives of giving upper hand to a couple of languages. All languages should be made nation language, he says.
Mr. Javadekar says government has not taken any such decision. "We want to promote all Indian languages. We are not going to impose any language on anybody."
11:30 am Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice, says the law against manual scavenging will be strictly implemented.
11:28 am J.P. Nadda, Union Health Minister, clarifies on NEET issue. The Health Ministry has sent its response. The papers are with the President Office. We are following up the issue, he says.
11:25 am Ali Ansari (JD-U)raises the issue of manual scavenging. Most people engaged in manual scavenging labour are Dalits. Many have lost their lives due to asphyxiation while cleaning sceptic tanks. "We are talking about going to moon. But there is no machine to clean sewage?" Mr. Ansari asks.
11:25 am AIADMK MPs approach the Well. "We want exemption,' they shout.
11:20 am Congress MP Anand Sharma too joins the Tamil Nadu MPs. He raises a Point of Order saying the Cabinet is yet to respond to Tamil Nadu Assembly's resolution. D. Raja (CPI) also joins in.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar respons. "The matter is sub-judice. We are taking into consideration, everyone's concern."
11:13 am Zero Hour proceedings begin in Rajya Sabha. Tamil Nadu MP A K Selvaraj speaks about exempting the State from implementing NEET. Kanimozhi also joins the issue. The Tamil Nadu wants permanent exemption from NEET, she says.
MP Navaneethakrishnan claims tougher question papers were distributed to South Indian students. Many students are on the verge of committing suicide, he says.
11:10 am A number of MPs want suspension of business under [Rule] 267 notices on agrarian crisis.
11:09 am In Rajya Sabha, Mr. Kurien allows MPs to speak on matters of importance. Anand Sharma, Sharad Yadav and Digvijaya Singh speak about farmers protesting in Jantar Mantar. "We will have a discussion later in the day," says Mr. Kurien.
11:06 am Questions being taken on launch of nano satellites. MoS Dr. Jithendra Singh informs the House that Mars Orbitor Mission has completed 1000 space years this June.
11:05 am Various papers are being laid on the Table in Rajya Sabha. Prominent ones are parliamentary committee on reviving sick PSUs, Action Taken Statements of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers, and Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Rural Development.
11:00 am Lok Sabha proceedings begin. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is in the Chair. Question Hour begins. Congress MPs raise slogans. Minister Ananth Kumar requests the Opposition to allow the House to function.
11:00 amRajya Sabha proceedings begin. Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien is in the Chair.
10:30 am A meeting of BJP Parliamentary Party is underway with top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, L.K. Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and others are participating.
M. Venkaiah Naidu is understandably missing. He resigned from the party after agreeing to contest in Vice-President election. But Mr. Naidu continues to be an MP in Rajya Sabha.