Parliament proceedings updates | National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 passed in Lok Sabha

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya introduced the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (Amend) Bill, 2021 in the Lok Sabha on December 6, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been introduced in Lok Sabha.

The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (Amend) Bill, 2021 was passed in the Lok Sabha.

Home Minister Amit Shah gave a statement in the Lok Sabha regarding the Nagaland incident. His address in the Rajya Sabha was disrupted as the proceedings were adjourned for the day due to continuous protest by Opposition members over the suspension of 12 MPs.

Here are the latest updates:

Lok Sabha | 6:43 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha proceedings have been adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Lok Sabha | 6:42 pm

NIPER (Amendment) Bill passed

The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been passed in the Lok Sabha with the support of all the parties.

Lok Sabha | 6:35 pm

Despite being the manufacturing hub for the Pharma sector, we were not the best in terms of research. We thought about the lack of research when the pandemic hit. Today, we have Covaxin, developed and manufactured by Bharat Biotech; ZyCov-D, a DNA based vaccine which the world has been running after for years, has been built by Indian company Zydus Cadila.

Lok Sabha | 6:24 pm

The Health Minister says that Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and other members raised the matter of India's dependence for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (APIs) on other nations.

While the UPA did nothing on this even though it was a matter of concern during their tenure, our Government released a Rs 14,000-crore PLI-1 scheme for the manufacturing of 51 APIs. We decided to make four Pharma parks with the investment of Rs 1,000-crore each for API manufacturing as it is hazardous, he said responding to Mr. Chowdhury.

Lok Sabha | 6:17 pm

There were only 103 generic medicine stores selling less than 300 types of drugs in the country in 2014 even after the scheme was started in 2008 by the UPA government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave me the responsibility to take the scheme forward after we came to power. And today there are 8,500 stores, and more than 600 types of medicines and 56 medical equipments are being sold in them.

It is not possible to get all the medicines even at a private medical store and I don't claim that the generic medicine stores have all of them but we have tried to ensure affordable medicines to the poor of the nation to make their lives better.

Lok Sabha | 6:12 pm

Haven't erased the SC/ST representation: Mandaviya

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya says the National Council will act as the advisory panel for the Boards of Governors of all NIPERs.

Some MPs raised the point that the Government erased the representation of SC/ST members from the Boards of Governors but it is not that, the Minister says. Since we have reduced the number of Board members for each institute from 23 to 12, we have moved the SC/ST members to the Council. Their representation has not been taken away, Mr. Mandaviya responds.

Lok Sabha | 6:10 pm

Health Minister replies

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya is replying on the queries raised by members on The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (Amend) Bill, 2021.

Lok Sabha | 5:54 pm

Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says India needs drug security. We import 70% of our bulk drug requrements, but we need to prepare for a situation in case China tires to harm us more. He says the Government needs to empower PSUs in the Pharma sector to deal with any adverse situation.

He says, citing a CAG report, even after 10 years of active operations, the six new NIPERs have been struggling with issues like lack of infrastructure, insufficient permanent staff and poor placement record at 22%

Lok Sabha | 5:50 pm

Independent member from Maharashtra's Amravati, Navneet Ravi Rana says I appreciate the Health Minister for his positive attitude as he listens to the problems raised by MPs and in my case the the problem was resolved by the Minister.

Lok Sabha | 5:40 pm

Shiv Sena MP Dr. Shrikant Eknath Shinde says the qualification and experience for the appointment of the chairperson of the board of an NIPER should be laid down in the Bill clearly.

Lok Sabha | 5:36 pm

TMC MP Pratima Mondal says the West Bengal Government had alloted 10 acres of land in Nodia district in January 2018. But the NIPER Kolkata is currently running in the leased land of Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd., she says while adding that it had been decided to transfer around 20 acres of the BCPL land to set up the permanent NIPER campus but the construction has not started yet.

Lok Sabha | 5:32 pm

BJP MP Sunita Duggal congratulates the Health Minister and the Prime Minister for bringing the Bill. All members have appreciated the proposal of opening more such institutes, she adds.

Mr. Duggal asks the Government to keep proper representation of women and SC/ST community members in the NIPERs. She also suggests that the NIPERs should also offer short-term courses to increase man-power.

Lok Sabha | 5:27 pm

Congress MP Dean Kuriakose says Kerala also needs one such institute and I request the Government to consider my demand. It is important to maintain geographical representation.

Lok Sabha | 5:15 pm

N.K. Premachandran, RSP, says I support the Bill for declaring six more NIPERs as institutes of national importance, subject to a condition. I request the Minister to also declare the Government College of Pharmacy in Thiruvananthapuram as an institute of national importance.

Lok Sabha | 5:12

CPI MP M Selvaraj says it is sad that most of the NIPERs have been functioning without proper infrastructure, including a permanent campus.

Lok Sabha | 5:04 pm

IUML MP E.T. Mohammed Basheer says the intention of this Bill is good.

While I welcome all the amendments, I would like to point out that Kerala has been ignored in the Bill, he says. He says due consideration should be given to Kerala when upgrading these institutions to national standards.

Lok Sabha | 4:57 pm

CPI (M)'s S Venkatesan is speaking on the subject in Tamil.

Lok Sabha | 4:47 pm

BJP MP Anurag Sharma says NIPERs have entered into more than 160 MOUs with industry, have published 5,277 research papers, and have filed 301 patents so far.

I request that all the NIPERs take up higher research in Ayurveda to promote indigenous system of medicines, Mr. Sharma says. He also asks the Centre to increase the intake of the students in these institutes.

Lok Sabha | 4:40 pm

Congress MP from Bihar's Kishanganj, Mohammad Javed says the condition of the NIPER in Hazipur is extremely bad. It does not have a permanent campus to operate from, he adds.

Mr. javed asks the Centre to have at least one woman member and one member from the SC/St community each on the Boards of all NIPERs. He also requests the Government to open one institute in his constituency, Kishanganj.

Lok Sabha | 4:35 pm

NCP MP Supriya Sadanand Sule says it's good to see that the Health Minister is the flavour of the Government this session as he is bringing many bills. Usually it's the Finance Minister but good to finally see the Government being seirous about health issues, she adds.

I want to ask the Minister the idea behind adding bachelor's programme at NIPERs while many colleges across the country offer it. She says there is no harm in having it but asks if there are any specialised efforts going to be there.

She says even though many major Pharma companies are based out of Maharashtra, the State has been left out from getting a NIPER. We really needs an institute in our State, Ms. Sule says to the Health Minister.

Lok Sabha

Kunwar Danish Ali of the BSP terms the bill "very important" and stresses that there is a need for strict accountability while carrying out the trial for any medicine.

He was is of the view that the government should allocate more money for research in the pharma sector.

Rajya Sabha | 4:05 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Rajya Sabha proceedings have been adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, as Oppostion MPs continue their protest in the well of the House.

Rajya Sabha | 4:02 pm

Amit Shah speaks on Nagaland killings in Rajya Sabha

Home minister Amit Shah is making a statement on Nagaland killings in the Rajya Sabha even as Opposition continues to raise slogans

Lok Sabha | 3:55

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singari, YSRCP, says our share in world Pharma business is only 3%. By volume we are on the third position, while in value we are 14th in the world. We have more volume but less value, he says. Comparatively, the U.S.'s share in Pharma business in the worls is 60%.

We are supply generic drugs to 200 countries but earn very less. We are leaders in mass production but lag behind in innovation. We have given only 14 new drugs to the world in the past 35 years while the U.S. has given more than 300 new drugs in just five years.

We welcome the amendments proposed by the Government but we also have some suggestions, Mr. Singari says.

We demand at least one SC/ST person on the board of seven NIPERs.

Lok Sabha

The IITs, set up earlier, have done a great job but the NIPERs have not been able to reach there yet, the TMC MP remarks.

Lok Sabha

Mr. Roy says apart from the NIPER, Mohali, none of the other institutes have permanent campuses. They are functioning from elsewhere.

Many States are asking the Centre to open new NIPERs but the Government has not given approvals. The last one was opened at Hazipur, Bihar, in 2018, he adds.

Lok Sabha

TMC MP Prof. Sougata Roy says research in the Pharmaceutical sector is very necessary. During the COVID pandemic we realised the importance of manufacturing of new vaccines and medicines. Some of our companies like Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech have done extremely well, he says.

The Health Minister says they are doing good work and research, have signed 161 MOUs in industry, have published 5,277 research papers, but I want to know from him which significant medicine or vaccine has been developed by the NIPERs, Mr. Roy adds.

I want the Minister to present a paper on the work done by NIPERs.

Lok Sabha | 3:19 pm

The Bill seeks to bring all seven NIPERs under the purview of institutes of national importance, Mr. Roy says.

Lok Sabha | 3:17 pm

BJP MP from Assam's Silchar, Rajdeep Roy thanks the Health Minister for bringing the Bill. He starts the debate on behalf of the treasury bench.

He pays tributes to Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar on his 65th death anniversary.

The NIPER Bill was initially tabled in 1998 with the first institute starting in Mohali. Subsequently more institutes were added in 2007.

Lok Sabha | 3:14 pm

Initiating debate on the Bill, Abdul Khalek from the Congress says the Bill, which seeks to bring down the number of members from 23 to 12, has also led to removal of three MPs from the governing council.

MPs are representative of people and can provide better insight to any institutions as they are connected to public, he said.

Lok Sabha | 3:12 pm

Lok Sabha discusses The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021

The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (Amend) Bill, 2021 has been taken up for discussion after Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tabled it in the Lok Sabha.

The Bill, 2021 seeks to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.

The Bill provides for a Council to coordinate the activities among the institutes under the Bill to ensure development of pharmaceutical education and research and maintenance of standards.

The Bill reduces the number of members in the Board of Governors for each institute to 12. The Board will be chaired by an eminent academician or professional. - PRS Legislative

Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 4:00 p.m.

Rajya Sabha adjourned until 4:00 p.m. amid chaos over suspension of 12 MPs.

Rajya Sabha

They know they are in the dock for this increase in petrol prices and to cover up they are protesting, Leader of the Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal says.

Rajya Sabha

Pandemonium continues in RS over suspension of 12 MPs. Opposition members troop into the well, raise slogans.

Lok Sabha | 3:08 pm

Congress and DMK members walked out as Chair didn't allow any clarification on the Home Minister's statement.

Lok Sabha | 3:07 pm

The Government of India deeply regrets the incident in Mon district, Nagaland, and offers condolences to the families of the deceased, says Home Minister Amit Shah.

Lok Sabha | 3:05 pm

The Army has issued a statement, expressing its regret, has instituted an inquiry at the highest level. It will take comprehensive action once the report is prepared, Mr. Shah says. He informed the House he is in touch with Nagaland's Chief Minister and Governor.

The Home Minister also said that security forces will have to ensure that such civilian casualties don't occur while acting on specific intelligence in the future.

Lok Sabha | 3:04 pm

The matter of December 4 has been reported to the local police station and an SIT has been formed to investigate the matter and asked to submit its report within one month, Home Minister tells the Lok Sabha.

After a mob of over-250 people attacked Assam Rifles' headquarters in Mon district, the force had to open fire to disperse the crowd, Mr. Shah said while informing that one person was killed in the firing and one more injured. To prevent any more untoward incident, additional security forces have been sent.

Lok Sabha | 3:01 pm

Amit Shah speaks in Lok Sabha on Nagaland killings

Home Minister Amit Shah is giving his statesment on civilian killings in Nagaland.

The Home Minister says the local administration is taking measures to maintain law and order as the situation on ground remains tense.

Rajya Sabha | 2:06 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 p.m.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 p.m. amid protests from Opposition members.

Lok Sabha | 2:03 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 p.m.

Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 3 p.m.

Rajya Sabha | 2:00 pm

Short duration discussion on price rise in Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha | 2:00 pm

Rajya sabha resumes

Leader of Opposition again raises the issue of suspension of 12 MPs

Lok Sabha | 1:35 pm

Congress MP Ravneet Singh says AAP MP Bhagwant Mann has claimed he was offered money to join the so-called world's largest political party. This is a shameful thing for all us politicians. If this is not true, the government should clarify.

Lok Sabha | 1:15 pm

NC MP Hasnain Masoodi says everyone sympathised with Nagaland, but not "with us" (Kashmir), referencing recent civilian killings in Hyderpora.

Lok Sabha | 12:59 pm

DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi cites NHFS report and says that Tamil Nadu has a lower fertility rate than the country. Tamil Nadu and other southern states get punished with less share of taxes for containing their population, she adds.

Ms. Kanimozhi says the delimitation process will reduce their parliamentary seats again and that this is very unfair.

Lok Sabha | 12:50 pm

BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh raises issue of Delhi government's new excise policy, calling it a "black excise policy". He says while the city was facing the second wave, the government came out with home delivery of alcohol and the new excise policy. Bhagwant Mann is not sitting here, but he would be happy with this policy, says Mr. Singh.

Lok Sabha | 12:41 pm

TDP MP Srinivas Kesineni raises issue of the state of police reform in Andhra Pradesh. Women account for only 6% of police force in Andhra Pradesh, there are 14,000 vacancies in total, says Mr. Kesineni.

Lok Sabha | 12:39 pm

'Government should repeal AFSPA'

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi wants the government to repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Says that no country in the world has a barbaric law like this.  Will the government give permission to prosecute the killers, he asks. Was the informant linked with China, asks Mr. Owaisi. Speaker Om Birla says Home Minister will give a statement after lunch.

Lok Sabha | 12:36 pm

YSRCP MP P.V. Mithun Reddy says we sympathise with the people of Nagaland. We want peace to be restored soon, the morale of the armed forces should not be reduced.

BSP MP Ritesh Pandey says there should be speedy investigation into the matter. The victims' families should get compensation and government jobs.

As an Indian, I hang my head in shame. Amendment of AFSPA should be carried out, says Congress MP Pradyut Bordoloi.

Lok Sabha | 12:35 pm

Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut says the incident is a matter of concern. How does this kind of incorrect information get passed on to the security forces by intelligence agencies? There should be a review of the intelligence agencies, he says.

NCP MP Supriya Sule says ₹25 lakh compensation is not enough, government should give ₹50 lakh to ₹1 crore to all, including the solider who lost his life

Lok Sabha | 12:33 pm

Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut says the incident is a matter of concern. How does this kind of incorrect information get passed on to the security forces by intelligence agencies? There should be a review of the intelligence agencies, he says.

Lok Sabha | 12:28 pm

'How come a group of unarmed civilians could not be distinguished from hardcore militants?'

The people of Nagaland and North-East want to live in peace and celebrate their culture. Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi appeals for peace and demands truth from Union Home Minister and Union Defense Minister. He says what has happened on December 4 will be remembered as a black day. He condemns the killings of unarmed civilians. 

The law and order situation continues to deteriorate in the North-East, he adds.

DMK MP Thalikkottai R. Baalu says it is condemnable that our own security forces have killed our own people. He calls for compensation for the victims and a probe into the incident.

Trinamool MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay says the incident is painful and it cannot be tolerated in any manner. He adds that Nagaland should not be 'thrown' into uncertainity.

Lok Sabha | 12:22 pm

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 introduced

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 is introduced in Lok Sabha. Zero Hour starts. Tokheho Yepthomi, NDPP (Nagaland) gives the details of the Nagaland killings. He requests compensation to the families of the civilians killed in the 'ambush'.

Rajya Sabha | 12:20 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.

During Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Derek O' Brien to Water Resources Minister, "I want to ask the minister why has democracy dried up in the country" Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m..

Lok Sabha | 12:16 pm

Bhartruhari Mahtab says that he is in agreement of N.K. Premachandran.  He asks that the government redraft the legislation. Giving retrospective effect to a penal provision is bad in law, and what is bad in law is no law. MoS Finance says that the questions will be answered during discussion and moves to introduce the Bill.

Lok Sabha | 12:11 pm

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in violation of Article 21: N.K. Premachandran

N.K. Premachandran, RSP (Kollam) moves to oppose the introduction of The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021. He claims that his objection is purely technical. He claims that he is challenging the legislation as it is in violation of Article 21. He adds that they cannot make a legislation that violates a Fundamental Right.

The government is giving retrospective effect to a criminal penal offence, says N.K. Premachandran.

Rajya Sabha | 12:10 pm

In a response to a question, Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri says that they will make sure to increase the target of rural households. He says Ujjwala 2.0 was introduced in August, and it has helped lakhs of households during the pandemic.

The Chair reiterates that Question Hour is important, and that the Opposition is creating a ruckus.

Lok Sabha | 12:09 pm

MoS Finance moves to introduce The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Rajya Sabha | 12:08 pm

The Chair again urges the protesting members to go back to their seats amid increasing protests. He appeals to them to let the Question Hour proceed smoothly.

Lok Sabha | 12:03 pm

Question Hour comes to an end

Question Hour ends. Papers being laid on table now.

Rajya Sabha | 12:02 pm

Rajya Sabha resumes

Deputy Chairman appeals for calm amid protests. Amid protests, the Deputy Chair signals to begin the Question Hour. The protestsing members are in the Well, the Chair urges them to go back to their seats.

Lok Sabha | 12:01 pm

Bhartruhari Mahtab, BJD (Odisha) asks the Finance Minister to help him understand the logic behind the amount of grants released to local bodies. Ms. Sitharaman says that the process is State-driven and the allocation is made after that. She says that a gradual buildng up will happen.

Lok Sabha | 11:55 am

Hasnain Masoodi from Jammu and Kashmir asks whether there are any tribal councils in Jammu Kashmir and asks an update on their work.

Arjun Munda, Minister of Tribal Affairs says that such schemes could not be implemented when Article 370 was in place. He adds that Home Ministry is currently working on implementing these schemes after reading down of Article 370.

Lok Sabha | 11:37 am

Subhash Chandra Baheria asks whether recepients of Mudra loans have taken a loan for the second time under the same scheme. MoS Finance says that he will get back with the information in due time.

Lok Sabha | 11:29 am

Saugata Roy asks what specific steps government is taking to ensure Mudra loans reach small businessmen in general and in West Bengal in specific. Ms. Sitharaman says when banks are given allocation, the banks grant the allocation to its branches and that the allocation cannot be done by States.

Lok Sabha | 11:19 am

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman answering a question about potential losses in IPOs, says SEBI monitors it. Opposition MPs continue sloganeering and holding placards. Manish Tiwari (Congress) asks Finance Minister whether trading platforms have been classified as critical infrastructure digitally and whether they are being safeguarded from cyber attacks.

Finance Minister says that there are timely measures being taken and that checking is happening. The NSE and BSE platforms are declared as critical infrastructure and that they are being digitally safeguarded.

Rajendra Agrawal, in the chair, asks protesting MPs to return to their seats.

Lok Sabha | 11:13 am

MoS Education Subhas Sarkar replying to a question about engineering courses in regional languages. Sloganeering against the government continues.

Rajya Sabha | 11:12 am

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 p.m.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu says that the house has to be adjourned, sacrificing the Zero Hour meant to raise issues of national importance, because of few members, who refuse to cooperate. The Chairman says he will not hear it now, and that it will not go on record, disallows the Opposition to speak. Rajya Sabha is adjoruned till 12 p.m..

Rajya Sabha | 11:10 am

Opposition demands a discussion on Nagaland issue

Leader of Opposition Mallikharjun Kharge brings up the Nagaland issue in the House. He says that the Opposition demands a statement today given that the matter is very serious. The Chairman says that government will respond in due course. The Chairman says that he had a word with the Defence Minister, and Home Minister, and the HM has promised to make a statement today. Piyush Goyal intervenes says that the Minister will make a statement in due course. The Opposition starts protesting, urging the House to discuss the issue now.

Lok Sabha | 11:08 am

Question Hour begins in Lok Sabha

Question Hour starts. Opposition MPs start raising slogans.

Lok Sabha | 11:07 am

Speaker Om Birla says he will let members raise the Nagaland issue during Question Hour.

Rajya Sabha | 11:06 am

Supplementary demands for grants are being made.

Lok Sabha | 11:02 am

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury brings the Nagaland killings to the Lok Sabha's notice. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi says Home Minister will make a detailed statement today itself. Speaker Om Birla says the Home Minister has told him in writing that he will make a statement in the House.

11:02 am

Parliament resumes

Both Houses of Parliament resume for the sixth day of winter session.

10:09 am

Shah to give a statement in Parliament regarding the Nagaland incident

Home Minister Amit Shah to give a statement in both the houses of Parliament regarding the Nagaland incident. The statement is expected around 2 p.m., first in Lok Sabha, followed by Rajya Sabha.

9:52 am

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9:30 am

Legislative Business for December 6, 2021 is as follows:

Lok Sabha:

Bill to be introduced:

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Bills for consideration and passing:

The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

The High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2021.

Rajya Sabha:

Bills for consideration and passing:

The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2021.

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2020.

9: 00 am

Day 5 recap

The Central Vigilance Commission (Amednment) Bill, 2021 and The Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2011 were introduced in Lok Sabha. The government sought Parliament's nod for gross additional spending of over ₹3.73 lakh crore in the current financial year.

Four MPs of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) led by K. Keshava Rao staged a walk out from Rajya Sabha as they were not satisfied with reply of Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal on their demand on government's assurance to procure parboiled rice from Telangana this Rabi season.

Lok Sabha discussed COVID-19 situation in the country.

Both the Houses took up Private Members' Bills.

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