Parliament proceedings | July 27, 2021

A view of the Parliament House Building in New Delhi. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

After the Parliament was disrupted for the fifth day in a row, the Congress party said that a discussion on Pegasus cyberattack in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, followed by a judicial probe are the pre-conditions for Parliament to function.

This was to counter criticism from the government, which has accused the Opposition of disrupting Parliament since the beginning of the ongoing Monsoon session.

Here are the latest updates:

Lok Sabha | 4.30 pm

Lok Sabha reassembles. Rajendra Agarwal is in the Chair.

Jayadev Galla (TDP) raises the issue of substandard RO purifiers. He recalls the NGT order on the TDS content in RO-purified water.

House is adjourned for the day.

Lok Sabha | 4.00 pm

Lok Sabha reassembles. Rajendra Agarwal is in the Chair.

G Madhavi (YSRCP) asks government to enhance construction costs allocation under government housing schemes

Kavita Singh (BJP) asks government to allocate funds to Rajendra Leprosy Institute in Siwan to pay wages and serve patients.

Lok Sabha adjourned to 4.30pm

Rajya Sabha | 4.00 pm

Rajya Sabha is adjourned for the day moments after it reassembled. A motion to take the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021 for discussion was adopted amid protests.

Lok Sabha | 3.30 pm

Lok Sabha resumes. Zero Hour continues. Opposition members continue sloganeering.

Girish Bapat (BJP) mentions Pune’s Rupee Bank which is 108 years old, founded by Lokmanya Tilak. I ask the government to facilitate for the merger of Rupee Bank with Bank of Maharashtra, he says. Mr. Mahtab, who is in the Chair, points out that he had listed a different subject. Nevertheless, he allows his to make his submission.

Sushil Kumar Singh, another BJP MP, says he was willing to give 30 acres of land to construct a medical college in Aurangabad. But there is little progress in this. He says government should speed up development in aspirational districts.

Nitesh Patel (BJP) urges government to set a railway line between Tarapur and Ahmedabad and upgrade it to grade A.

House adjourned till 4 pm.

Lok Sabha | 3 pm

Lok Sabha proceedings resume. Bhratruhari Mahtab in the Chair. Zero Hour continues.

Hina Gavit (BJP) Urges government to release Maharashtra's share of irrigation water.

Vivek Narayan Sejalkar (BJP) says permission given to farmers groups to protest in Delhi is not COVID-19 compliant.

Sunil Kumar Singh (BJP) asks for restoration of railway stoppage at Latehar and two other stations in his constituency of Chatra (Jharkhand).

Chandrashekhar Sahu (BJD) says a large number of people in Odisha unable to register themselves under Pradhan Mantri aawaas Yojana. Asks that the window period for registration be extended by a month.

Mr. Mahtab requests opposition to stop their protest so that their MPs can also put forward their issues under 377.

Lok Sabha adjourned to 3.30pm

Rajya Sabha | 3 pm

Rajya Sabha resumes. Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal responds during a debate of Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021.

He explains the salient features of the Bill. "We want to align our navigation system with the world standards," he says.

The Bill is taken up for voting. The Chair requests members to go back to the seats so that members can request division.

The Bill is passed amid sloganeering. House is adjourned till 4 pm.

Lok Sabha | 2.30 pm

Lok Sabha resumes. Matters of urgent importance under Rule 377 are being taken up.

Prabhubhai Vasava (BJP) says  sugar mills in his area of Bardoli have not got export subsidies due to them.

Ramdas Tadas (BJP) says chana (gram) crop in his area is being wasted due to lack of sale due to COVID19 asks for procurement via NAFED.

Mukesh Rajput (BJP) says web series are showing content that goes against Indian values. "Family cannot watch such series together," he says.

Mohan Mandvi (BJP) says conversion of tribals into other religions in Sukma is worrisome as it undermines the original culture of tribals.

Opposition continue their sloganeering.

House adjourned till 3 pm

Lok Sabha | 2.00 pm

Lok Sabha takes up Zero Hour. BJP MP Mansukh Vasava says even after 75 years of Independence the SC/ST communities are still lagging behind. He asks the government machinery to be held accountable.

House is adjourned till 2.30 pm

Rajya Sabha | 2.00 pm

Rajya Sabha reassembles. Jugalsinh Lokhandwala finally concludes his speech favouring the Marine Aids Navigation Bill.

Opposition continues its sloganeering. The Chair goes ahead with the proceedings.

A YSR Congress MP favours the Bill.

House adjourned till 3 pm

Lok Sabha | 12.30 noon

Lok Sabha adjourned again, till 2 pm

Lok Sabha | 12.00 noon

Lok Sabha also resumes. Ministers table various papers pertaining to their ministry.

Chair again requests the protesting members to go back to their seats, House adjourned again till 12-30 p.m.

Rajya Sabha | 12.00 noon

Rajya Sabha resumes. Question Hour begins. So does sloganeering. A member asks a question on vaccinating children against COVID-19.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya responds but he is barely audible.

Deputy Leader of the House Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi objects to the sloganeering. He points out that the members are not adhering to covid protocols.

House is adjourned till 2 pm.

Lok Sabha | 11.45 am

Lok Sabha resumes. The Chair takes up Question Hour. A member asks a question on PM Grameen Sadak Yojana.

Member Ramdas Chandrabhanji Tadas from Wardha in Maharashtra seeks information related to the construction of roads under PM Gram Sadak Yojana,  Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti says 1.19 lakh-km road is to be constructed by 2025 under the project. The projects proposed by State governments as per the yardsticks set by the Centre will be considered.

House is adjourned till 12 noon.

Lok Sabha | 11.25 am

On crop damage

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar says that due procedure is in place for deciding compensation in case of such natural calamities.

"The farmers of Maharashtra, who were affected by the calamity, have also benefited under the PM Fasal Beema Yojana. Today, more than 15 questions related to the cause of farmers are being taken up. I would urge the Opposition to participate. By indulging in sloganeering, they are obstructing the proceedings," he says.

House adjourned till 11.45 a.m.

Lok Sabha | 11.20 am

On crop damage

Omprakash Bhupalsinh of Shiv Sena raises the issue of crop damage due to heavy rains last year in his constituency in Maharashtra.

MoS Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar says that based on the survey team's report, the committee concerned took decisions, and accordingly, farmers are being given compensation.

₹701 crore is being given to the farmers in Maharashtra, ₹113.75 crore for those in Rajasthan and ₹729.30 crore to those in Karnataka through NDRF fund, he says.

Meanwhile, sloganeering has intensified in the House.

Rajya Sabha | 11.15 am

Zero Hour begins.

Chairman says Parliament is meant for making laws, but it is not being allowed to function.

Unfortunately, Parliament is being reduced to such a sorry state, he says, as the shouting gets louder.

House adjourned till 12 p.m.

Lok Sabha | 11.10 am

Question Hour in progress.

On regulation of pesticides

MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar seeks information from the government on regulation of pesticides to reduce pollution. Has any study been conducted to check if their use has been reduced after the issuance of soil health cards to farmers, he asks.

Minister of State (Agriculture) Kailash Choudhary says the government have developed a database on soil quality and also got conducted a study which found that if the farmers do farming based on the findings of soil health cards, it may reduce the use of pesticides by about 20%.

"Soil testing labs are being made available at the local level. Owing to the use of soil health cards, the produce has also increased," he adds.

Mr. Choudhary says there is a separate allocation of funds to promote organic farming. "It is also being promoted under the Namami Gange project. Currently, organic farming is being done across about 38 lakh hectares, and farmers are being provided financial support to encourage them for taking up organic farming," he says.

Rajya Sabha | 11.05 am

Rajya Sabha proceedings start.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu reads obituary references for ex-member Wasim Ahmad, former President and PM of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth and founding father of Zambia Dr. Kenneth David Buchizhya Kaunda.

Opposition members start disrupting proceedings as MoS V. Muraleedharan lays papers on the table.

Chairman tells protesting MPs "I'm not going to oblige. You can't force me like this through undemocratic method."

Mr. Naidu add that "nothing should be shown". Meanwhile, protesting MPs are holding placards in front of the Chair.

Opposition continues shouting slogans against the government on the Pegasus issue.

Lok Sabha | 11 am

Lok Sabha starts for the day.

Speaker Om Birla says: "If you want to raise your issues, I will give an opportunity. I will talk to the government about it, issues of public concern should be highlighted and discussed."

Question Hour begins amid sloganeering.

 

Lok Sabha

Bill for Consideration and Passing

- Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Discussion and Voting on the Supplementary DFGs 2021-22

Rajya Sabha

Bills for Consideration and Passing

- Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021

- Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021

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