Parliament proceedings | Rajya Sabha passes bill for granting property rights in Delhi's unauthorised colonies

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The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019., was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The Bill seeks to regularise 1731 unauthorised colonies in Delhi which house over 40 lakh people.

 

Here are the live updates from both Houses of the Parliament:

Lok Sabha | 8.00 p.m.

Lok Sabha is adjourned till December 5, 2019.

 

Lok Sabha | 7 p.m.

The governmnet has saved over Rs 1.40 lakh crore in the last 5 years due to the Direct Benefit Transfer program, says Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her response to questions posed in the House.

In response to a question on rising onion prices, Ms. Sitharaman says that the Centre has taken steps to import onion from surplus countries and has also banned exports.

In response to Supriya Sule's remark that agriculture has not been included in the supplementary demand for grants, she says that allocation for agriculture has been increased by 250% since 2018-19.

In response to questions raised by several members about the IDBI bank's financial situation, she says that the bank's stressed accounts were not categorized as NPAs before 2015.

Rajya Sabha | 6.40 p.m.

Rajya Sabha is adjourned till December 5, 2019.

Rajya Sabha | 6.20 p.m.

Rajya Sabha passes the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 through a unanimous voice vote.

The RS is now taking up special mentions.

Lok Sabha | 6.00 p.m.

Anantnag MP Hasnain Masoodi of J&KNC talks about the Kahsmir issue and says that Article 21 does not just promise a right to 'animal existence' but a quality life. At least 1.5 million students in the valley are facing difficulties due to internet curbs and local trade is affected. He further says that the local administration has restricted people from celebrating lthe birthday of late Mohammed Abdullah Sheikh, former CM of the State, on December 5, 2019.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Prime Minister's office  counters Mr. Masoodi iand says that he is trying to mislead the House as there have been no curbs on celebrating any festival in the State. Other members of the Lok Sabha also erupt in protest over Mr. Masoodi's remarks.

Om Birla takes the chair and asks Mr. Masoodi to continue his speech.

Rajya Sabha| 6.00 p.m.

Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs (I/C) Hardeep Singh Puri says the word 'slum' should be discarded and 'informal settlements', which is accepted internationally should be adopted.

Replying to Kumari Selja's comments, Mr. Puri says that people come to urban areas looking for employment opportunities and we should be conscious of the reality that by 2030, over 600 million Indians will be living in urban areas.

He reads out AAP's 2015 manifesto which promised regularising these colonies within a year of coming to power. He also shares some government correspondences which are in public domain. According to these, the Delhi government had in 2017 asked for two years' time to complete a full survey of the unauthorised colonies. However, in January 2019, in another correspondence, an official stated that only one colony had been surveyed by then through drone technology.

 

Rajya Sabha | 5.20 p.m.

Digvijay Singh of the Congress says that Mr. Goel mentioned PM Narendra Modi's name at least 15 times during his speech. "Sycophancy is an art, when it is blatantly done it becomes flattery," he says, adding that the House members should be more specific in their specific subject matters.

 

Lok Sabha | 5.00 p.m.

Supriya Sule of the Nationalist Congress Party says that this has been Nirmala Sitharaman's week as she has been present for every debate in the House. While Ms. Sitharaman has been 'pilloried' publicly for the economic situation, she has shown genuine efforts and just got the job [as a Finance Minister] at difficult times, says Ms. Sule.

 

Rajya Sabha | 4.45 p.m.

Rajasthan MP Vijay Goel (BJP) says that these 1731 unauthorised colonies house 40 lakh people and are situated on agricultural, forest and O-zone land. The Delhi Development Authority and the Congress did not take any action to regularise these colonies and continued selling these properties at high rates, he says.

His remarks trigger heavy protests by Rajya Sabha members. The Chairman requests the people to maintain decorum and says that accusatory comments by Mr. Goel will not be put on record. "This is not a war zone," he says.

Javed Ali Khan of the Samajwadi Party says that Mr. Goel is citing correspondence between the Centre and the Delhi government without the Chair's permission.

Mr. Goel concludes by saying that the Bill introduced by the BJP is comprehensive and goes beyond offering just property rights.

 

Lok Sabha | 4.15 p.m.

Vinayak Raut (Shiv Sena) says that a discussion on farmers must be held.

Rajya Sabha | 4 p.m.

Ram Nath Thakur (JD-U) says he supports the Bill. Poor people come for their families and livelihood to cities, and make homes with whatever money they save, he says.

He congratulates the government for coming up with this Bill. He says the Centre has given respect to the people living in these unauthorised colonies.

Amar Patnaik (BJD) quotes Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto on how giving property rights to people in such colonies aids in their economic development.

K. Somaprasad (CPI-M) says the Bill was drafted in view of the upcoming Delhi Assembly election.

R.S. Bharathi (DMK) says that migration to cities is inevitable. He speaks of Tamil Nadu’s Slum Clearance Board and how it has helped in development.

Lok Sabha | 3.45 p.m.

As discussion on the Supplementary Demands for Grants continues, Rajiv Pratap Rudy says the government looks at the glass half-full, not half-empty.

He also says that Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has not yet apologised for his comments, and for this he will have to answer in his next life.

DNV Senthilkumar (DMK) says that corruption at the grassroots level makes sure that schemes of the Central government do not reach beneficiaries.

Saugata Roy (Trinamool) demands that the government releases Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, and restore connectivity in the newly-formed Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

Rajya Sabha | 3.30 p.m.

Contributing to the discussion on the Unauthorised Colonies Bill, Bhupender Yadav (BJP) says this is a law with foresight. He says the Delhi State government hasn't done anything about this, but the Centre has taken it up.

70% of the people in unauthorised colonies live in one or two-room houses, he says.

Lok Sabha | 3.30 p.m.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP): "We have saved J&K from corruption and other issues like discrimination. Now their administration is better, many laws have been passed, every house in Kashmir has electricity. Now the teachers and students have also benefitted. Now Ladakh has an university."

Rajya Sabha | 3.00 p.m.

House reconvenes.

MoS, Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri talks about The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019. "We are not stopping with unauthorised colonies. We will use the PMAY and are now going to implement this in a record period of time."

Lok Sabha | 3.00 p.m.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor (INC): "Our budgets were based on unrealistic revenue projections. Every year the FM has made commitments and failed to meet them. Arun Jaitley kept having to adjust the fiscal deficit target every single year he was Finance Minister. Now in the present scenario, even the Finance Mnister has admitted to media that there's a possibility of fiscal slippage in the current fiscal year.

The govt believes talking of a $5 trillion GDP but GDP growth rate in the recent times has been considerably lower. The labour participation rate has been the lowest. The unemployment rate has touched a 3-year high. We've seen a 9 million people losing jobs between 2012 and 2018. This calls for immediate measures."

Lok Sabha | 2.40 p.m.

Sougata Roy (AITC) says frequent increase of retail kerosene price is forcing people to buy from open markets. "The govt should ensure supply of sufficient pulses and edible oil to arrest the price hike in open markets."

Lavu Sri Krishna Devarayulu (YSRCP)  says the spice and fisheries industry in Andhra Pradesh are biggest in the country. "They both account for 25% of Andhra Pradesh's GDP. More than 50 lakh people are engaged in this industry and many more export and processing industries are depending on it. They are facing some issues like competition in the market, merchandise export scheme is in the process of being disbanded, and incentives of raw produce is greater than that of finished produce. And I request subsidy for this industry."

Indra Hang Subba (SKM) asks for 11 left-out communities be included in list of Scheduled Tribe for equality.

Poonam Mahajan (BJP) says producing artificial meat is a great alternative to traditional meat producing and processing methods which has proven to contribute more towards environmental degradation than other industries.

House takes up the discussion on voting and supplementary demands for grants for the year 2019-20.

Lok Sabha | 2.15 p.m.

Raju Bista (BJP) asks for better healthcare facilities in Siliguri.

N.K. Premachandran (RSP) speaks about eviction of people residing near railway lines in Kollam constituency.

Subhas Sarkar (BJP) speaks about foot and mouth disease and the financial loss due to this disease which affects livestock.

Lok Sabha | 2 p.m.

House reconvenes and Zero Hour continues.

Rahul Gandhi (INC) speaks about a railway line for Wayanad.

Kanimozhi (DMK) brings up the financial assistance to pregnant women under the Maternity Benefits Scheme. She says this was reduced to ₹5,000 per woman and restricted to only the first living child.

Locket Chatterjee (Trinamool) speaks about jute mills in Hooghly.

Lok Sabha | 1 p.m.

BJP MP Locket Chatterjee speaks in Bengali.

House is adjourned till 2 p.m.

Rajya Sabha | 12.45 p.m.

Narendra Jadhav (Nominated) says that binary gender identity hurts trans persons. He asks if the government has any plans to incorporate infrastructure for trans persons.

Viplove Thakur (INC) asks if the government plans to set up skill training for trans persons. Mr. Gangwar says that government has already allocated funds for this.

House is adjourned till 3 p.m.

Lok Sabha | 12.30 p.m.

Kirit Solanki (BJP) says that faculty positions in IITs and IIMs across the country have been filled, but there are no SC/ST faculty in the seven top IIMs in the country. SC/ST make up just 6% of faculty positions in IIMs and 9% in IITs, he says.

Arvind Sawant (SS) says that foot overbridges in Mumbai serving the local train system have to be renovated.

Parvesh Sahib Singh (BJP) says that the Delhi government is not keeping up its promises, whereas the BJP has fulfilled all its promises.

Rajya Sabha | 12.15 p.m.

Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS, Housing and Urban Affairs answers questions on piped sewage systems in cities.

Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) asks about scholarships for students from weaker sections to study abroad. He asks if the Minister knows how expensive it is to live abroad.

A member brings up the attack on migrant labourers in Jammu and Kashmir. Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Labour Minister says that the new Labour Code will protect migrant labourers.

Lok Sabha | 12 noon

Papers are laid on the table.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (INC) says Pakistan sponsors terror, which is in turn supported by China. We don't take action against China, he says. He wants a discussion on this.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says the Army is intent on defending our borders. India and China have differences in perception of borders, he says.

Rajya Sabha | 11.45 a.m.

Rewati Raman Singh (SP) says Allahabad University is suffering as the strength of students has fallen.

Sambhaji Chattrapati (Nominated) speaks about the Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Hospital in Palapur and says that despite being around for almost 150 years, it lacks good facilities and medical education.

G.V.L. Narasimha Rao (BJP) brings up the Bhima-Koregaon case and about suspected Maoists arrested in Kerala. He says the CPI(M), which is in power in Kerala is supporting Maoists. Chair asks him not to name party.

Vaiko (MDMK) says the Madras High Court should be renamed as Tamil Nadu High Court. It is high time the Union government allows the regional languages to be court languages, he says.

K.T.S. Tulsi (Nominated) speaks about the shortage of doctors. The current doctor-patient ratio is 1:1499. The WHO benchmark is 1:1000, he says.

Lok Sabha | 11.40 a.m.

Rajsamand BJP MP Diya Kumari asks a question about the Mavli-Marwar railway line and when the project will be started. MoS Railways Suresh Angadi says the Railway Board has decided to retain the section as a heritage line, so it won't begin now. Ms. Kumari says that's a disappointing answer for a sanctioned project. For the last three Budgets this has been sanctioned.

Mr. Angadi says two wildlife sanctuaries are in the way. This involves huge land acquisition and capital.

Gaurav Gogoi (INC) brings up the CAG report on the financial performance of the Railways. He asks for the projected operating ratio for this year and next year. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal says that after the implementation of the VII Pay Commission, the costs for Railways has shot up in the last three years.

He adds that toilets are now working and operational in stations, and stations are cleaner than ever.

 Lok Sabha | 11.30 a.m.

As Question Hour continues, a question on High Court Benches is taken up. Meerut MP Rajendra Agrawal says there are not enough Benches to serve the areas in UP. Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says that the Member has raised this many times and the government is looking into it.

Mr. Agrawal asks if the Parliament can legislate on this. Mr. Prasad says while the Centre can legislate on this, it is up to the State government to identify where and how to set up the Benches.

Kalyan Banerjee (Trinamool) asks that the government clear the names recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for High Court judges. Mr. Prasad says the government is not a post office, but a stakeholder in this process.

Rajya Sabha | 11.25 a.m.

N. Gokulakrishnan (AIADMK) speaks about Arikamedu, the archaeological site in Puducherry. He says it has been subject to neglect and vandalism. He asks that a site museum with interpretation centre should be established. He also wants further excavation.

Ram Nath Thakur (JD-U) asks that Rajendra Prasad’s birth anniversary be celebrated like Teacher's Day or Children's Day.

Sanjay Singh (AAP) says near the river in Badharpur in Delhi, no one can establish any premises.

Lok Sabha | 11.10 am

In Lok Sabha, members ask about the plight of BSNL and MTNL. Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterates that the public sector telecom operator will be revived and all steps are being considered.

N.K.P. Premachandran says the signal of BSNL is weakest in Delhi.

Mr. Prasad says 5G is an evolving scenario. Also installing a tower in Delhi is very difficult. I faced a lot of difficulties to install a tower in parliament premises. Other operators should also improve their connectivity, he says.

Nusrat Jahan (Trinamool) asks about the implementation of 4G spectrum in BSNL. Minister says that decision has been taking.

Rajya Sabha | 11.10 am

Zero Hour proceedings underway in Rajya Sabha. Rajamani Patel speaks about EPF pension scheme. He says the government has copious funds but is reluctant to give it to the pensioners. He says the Rs. 1000 pension is a pittance and an insult to workers.

Narendra Jadhav (nominated) notes that the attendance of members are generally poor on Friday, a day when  private members Bill are taken up. He suggests private members Bills can be taken on the middle of the day. "What is required is the change of mindset of the members," the Chair says.

Vandana Chavan (NCP) speaks on climate change affecting Mumbai and the coastal states due to rising seas. She recalls the minister has denied the threat. She says the government has to be serious and consider this report.

Lok Sabha | 11.05 am

Sadasiva Lonkhade, Shiv Sena member, asks about health hazards of mobile phone radiation. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Communication Minister, says there is no serious health hazards. Our emission regulations are 10 better than the prescribed standards. We are also imposing fines, he adds.

What about birds, asks the member. We are not seeing birds these days, he says.

We are monitoring the radiation continuously. On the issue of birds, the minister says birds are safe in India. I see a lot of birds in Delhi. If the member is talking about a particular area, I request him to give the details, he says.

11.00 am

Rajya Sabha assembles. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu in the Chair. Papers are being laid on the table.

Lok Sabha assembles too. Speaker Om Birla is in the Chair. Question Hour is taken up.

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