'Law not enough to protect tribals'

March 24, 2017 10:49 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:58 pm IST

Flowers blossom at Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday, during the budget session.

Flowers blossom at Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday, during the budget session.


Here are the latest updates:

6 p.m.: Lok Sabha

House adjourned till 11 a.m. on March 27.

5.30 p.m.: Lok Sabha

Jitendra Choudhury : The law of the land was not enough to protect tribals. Due to illiteracy, they were being alienated from their land. There was a struggle to protect land, culture and language of adivasis.

Tripura has accepted the seventh schedule. Then after 3 years in 1985, again the constitution has been amended and sixth schedule has been promulgated.

Govt has no programme for tribals who are social and economically backward.

Apart from the state budget, they get money from urban development ministry. My argument is that govt should consider the 3-tier panchayat system and also the urban body should be there for good infrastructure for roads, drinking water and so on.

If I get to talk in my mother tongue — kokborok (the principal language of Tripura state), I can speak better than you. But I can't. I have to speak in Hindi or English.

Money goes to Integrated Tribal Development Authority. ITDA is headed by District Collector. There is no accountability.

There should be a mechanism of the elected council, not the nominated one. Why don't we have autonomous council?

5 p.m.: Lok Sabha

Madhya Pradesh BJP MP Prahlad Singh Patel: I'd like to talk about Manipur. When Manipur had kings, there were no fights amongst nagas or kukis. Once upon a time I had said that people have made a mistake of making a law against the environment.

You won't find a single hand pump in Manipur. People still have to buy water bottles. There is no development.

Development is possible only when we keep their traditions and culture alive.

Tripura CPI(M) MP Jitendra Choudhury talks about the tribes of northeast: They have nothing to do with Sixth Schedule. They have Hill council. Even in 1949 Tripura was independent state. Till 1982, Tripura was under sixth schedule. For more than 1300 years tribal king of Manika dynasty ruled the state.

5 p.m.: Rajya Sabha

Private Members Business comes to an end. RS adjourned until 11 a.m., March 27.

4.30 p.m.: Rajya Sabha

INC MP Renuka Chowdhury: The solution to municipal waste is that municipality should take up and use that waste, sterilize it and use it as manure.

Prakash Javadekar: Now we are installing waste segregation boxes in many schools. But more importantly, lakhs of toilets have been constructed and 1,76,000 villages have become defecation free.

INC MP Subbarami Reddy withdraws the Solid Waste Management Bill. Chair Kurien appreciates him.

BJP member Subramanian Swamy introduces a private member bill which seeks “deterrent punishment”, including the death penalty, for slaughter of cow and issues related to that.

4.30 p.m.: Lok Sabha

Nishikant Dubey: Outsiders spoil culture in the northeast. Also, northeast people are being exploited. We need a comprehensive bill for functioning of district council. We need that type of change. It needs to be time-bound.

4 p.m.: Lok Sabha

Jharkand BJP MP Nishikant Dubey says youth become easy targets for rebel elements and get recruited. The main issue here is development. Whoever is corrupt, should be dealt with strongly.

4 hours time for The Sixth Schedule bill exhausted. Time extended by 1 hour.

4 p.m.: Rajya Sabha

Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar: After 70 yrs of independence 80% of sewage goes untreated. Most of it goes into water bodies. Excessive usage of fertilizers and pesticides is also a problem. Waste disposal has a cost.

Madhya Pradesh BJP MP La. Ganesan talks about cleaniness of rivers and public places.

Karnataka INC MP K.C. Ramamurthy speaks about waste management, "Strict guidelines are needed for waste management. The govt needs to perform an anchoring role and regulate and monitor the levels of pollution."

3.30 p.m.: Lok Sabha

Shailesh Kumar introduces The High Court at Patna (Establishment of a Permanent Bench at Bhagalpur) Bill, 2016.

Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria introduces The Farmers Welfare Fund Bill, 2016.

Rama Devi introduces The Prevention of Bribery in Private Sector Bill, 2016.

Rabindra Kumar Jena introduces The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of section 23, etc.), The Food Safety and Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of section 57, etc.) and The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016(Amendment of section 135).

Ninong Ering introduces State of Arunachal Pradesh (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of section 35).

Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel introduces The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of article 15), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016(Insertion of new article 371-K), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016(Amendment of article 25), and The Military Service (Regulation of Transfer of Personnel Appointed on Compassionate Grounds) Bill, 2016.

Gajanan Kirtikar introduces The Child Development Programmes Coordination Agency Bill,2016, The Slums and Jhuggi-Jhopri Areas (Basic Amenities and Clearance) Bill, 2016, The National Authority for Rehabilitation and Welfare of Persons Living around Railway Tracks Bill, 2016, and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Insertion of new sections 10A and 10B).

Rajesh Ranjan introduces The Solid Waste Management Bill, 2016, The Education Loan Bill, 2016, The Jute Growers and Workers (Welfare) Bill, 2016, and The Handloom Weavers (Protection and Welfare) Bill,2016.

Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria introduces The Compulsory Voting Bill, 2016.

Rama Devi introduces The Reservation of Posts in Services and Seats in Educational Institutions for Persons Living in Economically Backward Areas Bill, 2016, The Provision of Uninterrupted Power Supply to Industries in Backward Areas Bill, 2016, and The Clinical Trial of Drugs on Patients(Regulation) Bill, 2016.

Santokh Singh Chaudhary introduces The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of article 16).

Bidyut Baran Mahato introduces The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of the Schedule).

Arvind Sawant introduces The Designation of States As Sponsor of Terrorism Bill, 2017.

Ninong Ering introduces The Compulsory Teaching of North-East Culture in Educational Institutions Bill, 2017.

Kirit Somaiya introduces The National Skills University Bill, 2017.

Sudheer Gupta introduces The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Insertion of new sections 6A to 6D).

Dharam Vira Gandhi introduces The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of section 2, etc.).

Ninong Ering introduces The National Tribal Research and Development University Bill, 2017.

Kavitha Kalvakuntla introduces The Turmeric Board Bill, 2017.

A.T. Nana Patil introduces The Compulsory Teaching of Sanskrit Language in Schools Bill, 2017, and The Education Loan to Students Belonging to Economically Weaker Section Bill, 2017.

House takes up consideration of The Sixth Schedule to the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 on the constitution of District Councils and powers of the District Councils and Regional Councils. Nishikant Dubey begins speaking.

3.30 p.m.: Rajya Sabha

Anil Kumar Sahani of the JD(U) speaks next. Sukhendu Sekhar Roy is in the Chair.

3 p.m.: Lok Sabha

Mr. Tharoor also brings up the issue of lack of mental health professionals in the Armed Forces. "We cannot run the risk of one of our soldiers, a man with a gun, suffering from a mental illness."

Heena Gavit of the BJP speaks next. She calls the Bill a welcome step. She also lauds the decriminalisation of suicide. Discussion on the Bill will taken up on Monday.

Private Members' legislative business is taken up now.

3 p.m.: Rajya Sabha

Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu says solid waste management is not a part of the Swachch Bharat Mission. He recommends plasma technology to deal with waste.

Basawaraj Patil of the BJP speaks next. He says the Bill does not reduce usage of plastic.

Vishambar Prasad Nishad of the SP speaks of manual scavenging.

2.30 p.m.: Lok Sabha

House reconvenes to take up legislative business.

J.P. Nadda introduces The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016. He calls it a patient-centric Bill.

The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, aims to provide provide for mental healthcare and services for persons with mental illness and ensure these persons have the right to live a life with dignity by not being discriminated or harassed.

The Bill assures that a person with mental illness has the right to live with dignity, and decriminalises suicide.

Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai is in the Chair.

Shashi Tharoor speaks after the Minister. "We owe it ourselves and the future of our society." He says that colonial authorities just branded persons with mental illness as 'lunatics' and confine them to a physical space. "Inmates, particularly women and children, in mental health facilities are treated worse than animals," he says referring to an UNHRC report.

The term 'mentally ill' has been replaced with 'persons with mental illness.' Mr. Tharoor says that his party is with Mr. Nadda.

"Mental health is an issue that is difficult to comprehend for many people." He says he has lived with a person with mental illness.

He says educational institutions should hire professionals to help with the mental health of students, speaking about suicides. "We should also sensitise the media on how to report suicides."

He says half of medical students in India suffer from depression and anxiety. "The very institutions we have created to make a better future for our children put them under extreme pressure." He says psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists have not been included in the Bill. "There is only one psychiatrist per five lakh people in our country." He says we need a multi-disciplinary, multi-pronged approach.

2.30 p.m.: Rajya Sabha

House reconvenes. Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien is in the Chair.

Private Members' Bills are being taken up.

Vandana Chavan introduces The Children with Specific Learning Disabilities (Identification and Support in Education) Bill, 2016.

Kanwardeep Singh introduces The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Palvai Govardhan Reddy introduces The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of Tenth Schedule).

Prabhat Jha introduces The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of article 51A).

Subramanian Swamy introduces The Cow Protection Bill, 2017.

Naresh Gujral introduces The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017.

T. Subbarami Reddy introduces The Solid Waste Management Bill, 2016.

Sasikala Pushpa introduces The Women Welfare Bill, 2016.

Subramanian Swamy introduces The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

B.K. Hariprasad introduces The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (amendment of the Eighth Schedule).

Anubhav Mohanty introduces The Women (Equal Participation in Decision Making) Bill, 2015.

House takes up Solid Waste Management Bill, 2016 for discussion.

1 p.m.: Lok Sabha

Zero Hour continues in the House. Narasimham Thota of the TDP asks for Coconut Board in all districts of Andhra Pradesh.

House is adjourned till 2.30 p.m.

12.30 p.m.: Lok Sabha

A.P. Jithender Reddy of the TRS quotes a Hindustan Times report stating his attendance is the poorest. "This is defamatory and Parliament should issue a notice to them."

Meenakshi Lekhi speaks about tuberculosis prevention and cure. "Swachch Bharat includes spitting too, and spitting can lead to TB."

12.30 p.m.: Rajya Sabha

K.C. Ramamurthy of the Congress asks a question on the fall in prices of pulses below the MSP. Minister Radha Mohan Singh says minimum support price has increased by Rs. 1,000 in the last two years.

"The Opposition attacks us both if there is food inflation and when higher MSP demands are made," says Ram Vilas Paswan.

Rajeev Shukla rasies the issue of water bottles being sold over MRP. "What have you done about this?"

House is adjourned till 2.30 p.m.

12 noon: Lok Sabha

Papers are laid on the table.

Zero Hour begins. Submissions by Members are being made.

P. Venugopal of the AIADMK raises the issue of Tamils in Sri Lanka. "India need not treat Sri Lanka as a friendly country." Bhartruhari Mahtab of the BJD associates with the issue and asks what steps the government has taken in this regard.

Ananth Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister responds saying the matter is with the UNHRC and he will bring the concerns of the Members to the notice of Sushma Swaraj.

P.R. Sundaram brings up the issue of Jayalalithaa's 'mysterious' death and wants a detailed CBI inquiry.

Saugata Roy of the Trinamool Congress speaks about the cost of MPs' perks and pensions being borne by taxpayers. He raises the issue of the Supreme Court's notice to the Centre. "Why should the Supreme Court enter into parliamentary privileges? We don't ask about judges' pensions." Ananth Kumar says it is a matter of constitutional mandate of Parliament to decide salaries and allowances of MPs.

Y.V. Subba Reddy of the YSR Congress also brings up the issue of the wife and son of an Indian software engineer being killed in the U.S. on Thursday.

12 noon: Rajya Sabha

Question Hour begins. Chairman Hamid Ansari is in the Chair.

Rajani Patil of the Congress asks a question on covering farmers who have taken loans under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

Suresh Prabhu answers a question on flexible pricing in trains after Rajiv Shukla says people are looking at airline tickets after the introduction of these fares. The Minister says Railways has to compete with flights.

Lal Singh Vadodia of the BJP asks a question on the setting up of forensic laboratory for animals in Gujarat.

11.30 a.m.: Lok Sabha

Mr. Ering asks how the government is planning on supporting NGOs that work on child rights. The Minister says the government ties up with NGOs for awareness programmes.

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank asks the next question on Ayurvedic manufacturing units.

"On the manufacturing of ayurvedic drugs, there 8668 total Aayush units," says the Minister. "For raw material, the national medicinal plant board is working on promoting herbs. NGOs are also being involved."

The next question is on waiting time for surgeries in government hospitals. Sharad Tripathi of the BJP congratulates the government for setting up AIIMS in Gorakhpur.

Question Hour comes to a close.

11.30 a.m.: Rajya Sabha

Derek O'Brien of the Trinamool Congress says there are 11 Private Members' Bills listed for today. "After Private Members' Bills we should not to take up The Finance Bill."

Subbarami Reddy of the Congress raises the issue of a family of a software engineer being killed in the U.S. on Thursday. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says he will convey the message to Sushma Swaraj.

Zero Hour begins.

Kahkashan Perween of the JD(U) speaks after Dola Sen of the Trinamool Congress asks for a white paper on the Sardar Sarovar Project.

Tapan Sen of the CPI(M) speaks about increasing pendency in industrial disputes.

Motilal Vora of the Congress says that the Centre now supports midday meals after opposing it, just like they did with Aadhaar. "But government wants to weaken the midday meal scheme by linking it with Aadhaar."

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar defends the scheme saying bogus users have come down, and no child will be denied a meal.

Narendra Budania of the Congress says that OBCs don't have enough representation, even though they contribute to the GDP the most. "Where did the creamy layer come from? It needs to be removed."

Kanimozhi of the Congress raises the issue of the Hindustan Unilever mercury thermometer factory contributing to sickness and ailments in Kodaikanal.

Zero Hour ends.

11 a.m.: Lok Sabha

House reconvenes. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is in the Chair.

Anupriya Patel, MoS Health answers a question on birth control drugs.

Rama Kishore Singh of the Lok Jan Shakti Party asks a question on the shortage of doctors in Ayurvedic dispensaries. Shripad Naik, MoS AAYUSH says that the Centre financially supports the States through various programmes, in various systems of medicines. "If the State government sends proposal for health centres, we can certainly help them."

Answering a question on medicines being available in CGHS dispensaries, Mr. Naik says that it goes through the Health Ministry. "AAYUSH gets the requisition from the Health Ministry and we provide according to that."

Nagendra Pradhan of the BJD wants to know what the Centre's portion is in grants given under AAYUSH.

Ninong Ering asks a question on child abuse. "What are we doing to stop trafficking?"

Krishna Raj, MoS Women and Child Development says complaints on child abuse and trafficking are being registered and the Ministry is circulating a documentary in schools for awareness. "In anganwadis, we are training and sensitising workers."

11 a.m.: Rajya Sabha

House reconvenes. Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien is in the Chair.

Committee Reports are laid on the table.

Opposition Members raise their voices almost immediately after papers are laid. Ram Gopal Yadav alleges a conspiracy to get rid of OBC reservations.

Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment says that the Prime Minister has said that reservations will remain. "We have always supported OBCs." Slogan shouting begins from Opposition benches. Members troop into the Well.

House is adjourned till 11.30 a.m.

10.45 a.m.:Listed business for the day

Rajya Sabha

Private Members' Bills

- The Children with Specific Learning Disabilities (Identification and Support in Education) Bill, 2016 - The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2016 - The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of Tenth Schedule) - The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of article 51A) - The Cow Protection Bill, 2017 - The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 - The Solid Waste Management Bill, 2016 - The Women Welfare Bill, 2016 - The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2016 - The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (amendment of the Eighth Schedule) - The Women (Equal Participation in Decision Making) Bill, 2015

Bills for consideration and return

- The Finance Bill, 2017 - The Appropriation (Railways) Bill, 2017 - The Appropriation (Railways) No. 2 Bill, 2017

Listed Discussions

- Discussion on the working of the Ministry of Railways - Discussion on the working of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions - Discussion on the working of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises - Discussion on the working of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

Lok Sabha

- The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016

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