Parliament proceedings | Houses adjourned for the day

Parliament House in New Delhi   | Photo Credit: SANDEEP SAXENA

Rajya Sabha passed The Inland Vessels Bill, 2021, while Lok Sabha passed the  General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021 - both amid sloganeering.

In the Lok Sabha, The Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2021 was withdrawn, and The Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 introduced, before the House was adjourned, for the second time, till 2 p.m.

Here are the live updates:

Rajya Sabha | 3.40 pm

Rajya Sabha proceedings resume.

Vice chairman Bhubaneswar Kalita says two important Bills - Appropriations No. 4 and No.3 Bills, 2021 - are being taken up, tells MPs to cooperate.

Opposition continues shouting slogans. Mr. Kalita says it is in the MPs interest to participate.

House adjourned till 11am tomorrow

Lok Sabha | 3.30 pm

Lok Sabha takes up The General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021.

The Bill was introduced on Friday and saw little discussion.

Introducing the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said its passage will help generate required resources from the Indian markets so that public sector general insurers can design innovative products.

Opposition has termed the Bill will facilitate privatisation of PSU insurance firms.

RSP MP N K Premachandran moved his amendments despite Opposition protests but there were defeated by voice vote.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury gets up the to protest the bills, says the government is selling off the legacy of these companies that were built over the years.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Mr Chowdhury is misleading the public and telling an untruth. She says the Opposition is running away from a discussion so that the truth doesn't come out.

Bill passed amid  din and House adjourned until 11am, Wednesday.

Rajya Sabha | 2.30 pm

Sloganeering continues in Rajya Sabha. A member tries to film the proceeding, the Chair objects to it.

A couple of opposition members takes part in the discussion, but speak on reasons behind their protest. Their remarks are expunged.

K. Raveendra Kumar says the Bill interferes with the powers of the State government.

Minister Sarbanand Sonowal responds. He thanks members who participated in the discussion. He says the Bill doesn't intend to take away the rights of the States.

The Bill is taken up for voting. Some member throw papers on the Chair. Despite ruckus the House passes the Bill.

House is adjourned for an hour.

Lok Sabha | 2.15 pm

Member Rattan Lal Kataria advocates development of an industrial hub in Ambala, saying it would reduce the pressure on the national capital region.

Member Keshari Devi Patel seeks an AIIMS in Prayagraj

Mohan Mandavi seeks residential facility for COVID warriors at health centres in his constituency

Tirath Singh Rawat raises the issue of migration of people from the villages bordering China.

House is adjourned till 3.30 pm

Rajya Sabha | 2.10 pm

Rajya Sabha takes up Inland Vessels Bill, 2021. Sloganeering by opposition continues.

Mahesh Poddar (BJP) lauds the government for relooking at old and obsolete laws and upgrade it to modern needs.

Prasanna Acharya (BJP) says India utilises "very little" inland navigation. He appreciates the penary provisions of the Bill.

Dr. Prakash Banda (TRS) also supports the Bill. He also raises the issue of Krishna and Godavari.

AIADMK's Thambi Durai says while the Bill is with good intention, it is taking away the powers of State government. He requests the Minister to rejunuvate the Buckingham Canal.

Lok Sabha | 2.00 pm

Matters under Rule 377 being taken up in Lok Sabha.

Member Sumedhanand Saraswati raises the issue of bad condition of a road linking Jodhpur to Delhi, seeks the conversation of a State road into a national highway.

A member requests the government to introduce a Doordarshan channel in Santhali language.

Member Janardan Singh Sigriwal requests the Rail Ministry to convert the vacant land around the railway stations in his constituency into parks.

Member Pratap Chand Sarangi says at Baleswar in Odisha, the government should develop a "plastic park" for the plastic industry..

Slogan shouting by protesting members has intensified.

Rajya Sabha | 12.30 pm

Anurag Thakur. Minister of Information and Broadcasting, answers questions about government advertisements.

Amid sloganeering from the Opposition, the House is adjourned till 2 p.m.

Rajya Sabha | 12.15 pm

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, addresses Members' questions on rehabilitation and resettlement scheme for Adivasi and Dalit families affected by the PIP (Pollavaram project).

Slogans are heard in different languages, including English, Hindi and Kannada.

Speaker Om Birla reiterates that public money is being used for the proceedings, asking the Opposition to let the House function.

Dr. Fouzia Khan of the NCP demands discussion on the Pegasus issue, says, "it is an issue of national security".

Lok Sabha | 12.10 pm

The Tribunals Reforms Bill introduced

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman seeks withdrawal the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Bill.

The House grants the leave. The Bill withdrawn.

Ms. Sitharaman seeks approval to introduce The Tiribunals Reforms Bill, 2021.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says, "The government has been bulldozing one legislation after the other. We want discussion, but "Pegasus" issue should be debated first."

The House approves introduction of the Bill. The Finance Minister introduces The Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021.

The House is adjourned till 2 p.m.

Lok Sabha | 12 pm

Lok Sabha proceedings resume.

Kirit Premjibhai Solanki is in the Chair. The Speaker has turned down all the notices of adjournment motions, he informs the House.

Papers are being laid on the table of the House.

The Opposition members continue to raise slogans.

Rajya Sabha | 12 pm

Opposition continues to protest in the House

Slogans are still being raised in the House as it resumes after the day's first adjournment.

Slogans against Pegasus surveillance are heard.

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Heavy Industries, answers questions posed by various Members on the promotion electric vehicles, even as the Opposition raises slogans.

Lok Sabha | 11.40 am

Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon

Speaker Om Birla says, "For the past two weeks, there have been regular disruptions of the proceedings. Crores of rupees are being spent to ensure there is debate in the House...I again urge the protesting Members to cooperate for the smooth functioning of the House."

The Opposition continues to raise slogans.

The House is adjourned till 12 noon.

Lok  Sabha | 11.30 am

On MICE national strategy

On the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) national strategy, Tourism Minister G. Kishan Reddy says the government is taking various measures to promote MICE.

"Financial support is also being given to promote the country as MICE destination. E-commerce visa is also being issued to ensure this. A draft national strategy for MICE tourism has been developed, it will be made public and suggestions will be sought."

State governments have also been approached to expand the MICE infrastructure, the Minister says. "Based on inputs from some States and other stakeholders, we will be taking all necessary measures to promote MICE tourism."

The Minister says the country's Global MICE ranking improved to 22 in 2017 from 25 in 2014.

Lok Sabha | 11.20 am

Sitharaman on PMMY

Answering a question on disbursement of loans under PM Mudra Yojana, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Mudra loans are available for manufacturing, trading, services and activities linked to agriculture. "In this scheme, banks have advised lending institutions to not insist on any security..."

Ms. Sitharaman says through All India Radio, Doordarshan and other medium,  information is being disseminated to ensure that financial credit assistance reaches people in the remote areas.

Lok Sabha | 11.15 am

Question Hour continues

Member Rekha Verma asks what steps are being taken for Ujjwala scheme beneficiaries.

In his response, Minister Hardeep Singh Puri says it was started in 2016 and the intention was that by March 2020, 8 crore Ujjawala connections would be given. "I am happy to inform you that about seven months ago, the target was achieved. Our sisters and mothers who had been reliant on traditional modes of cooking fuel, which are injurious to health, have been able to shift to these sources of fuel...three more cylinders have been provided, normally six to seven cylinders are used by normal households. Today, there are 29.11 crore gas connections. This number has gone up significantly since 2014. From 2014, there has been 80% increase in LPG distributors, 60% increase in bottling capacity; total LPG consumption has gone up 57%. These are far sighted visionary policies."

Opposition is raising slogans in the House.

Rajya Sabha | 11.10 am

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 p.m.

As the business for the day begins, the Opposition members leave their seats, in a chaotic scene.

The Chairman says, "Names of those holding placards should be published."

He continues, "If members cooperate, I can allow for discussions. I am ready to discuss farmers problems and other problems if House is in order."

Ruckus continues in the House and Mr. Naidu adjourns the House.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 p.m.

Rajya Sabha | 11 am

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu says he was a personal witness to the hard work and commitment of P.V. Sindhu, the bronze medal winner at the Tokyo Olympics. "I wish her all success and more laurels," Mr. Naidu says.

Lok Sabha | 11 am

Lok Sabha proceedings begin

The Speaker informs the House that P.V. Sindhu, who won the bronze medal on August 1, is the first Indian athlete to have won medals in two consecutive Olympics

Question Hour begins.

Several Opposition members have gathered in the Well of the House.

Legislative Business

Rajya Sabha

Bill for introduction:

The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Bill for consideration and passing:

The Inland Vessels Bill, 2021

Lok Sabha

Bill for withdrawal:

The Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2021

Bill to be introduced:

The Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021

Bill for consideration and passing:

The General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021

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