Parliament proceedings live | Lok Sabha to discuss triple talaq Bill on Dec. 27

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Lok Sabha.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Lok Sabha.   | Photo Credit: LSTV

For the eighth consecutive day, the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were washed out due to disruptions caused by members from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh over various issues. The war of words between Congress and BJP members also contributed to the adjournment.

The Lok Sabha, too, witnessed two adjournments, but the lower Houses passed two key Bills — The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018, and The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018. While the former awaits upper House's clearance, the latter will now be sent to the President for his approval.

Here are the live updates:

Lok Sabha | 3:30 pm

The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018 is taken up for consideration. The Bill was already passed in Rajya Sabha. The Bill is being amended to make way for the Board members to hold office for a fixed term of three years. The Centre should initiate the process of finding a new Chairperson six month before his/her term expires.

Supriya Sule (NCP) intervenes. She suggests the Chairperson must be an expert in the field and not a bureaucrat.

The Bill is passed and the House is adjourned for the day.

Lok Sabha | 3:15 pm

Discussion on triple talaq Bill on Dec 27

Speaker takes up The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, popularly known as the triple talaq Bill. Mallikarjun Kharge requests the Speaker to take the Bill on December 27. I give you a commitment that Congress party will participate in the discussion on the Bill, he says.

Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad says he respects Mr. Kharge and expects the Congress leader to assure the proceeding will be held peacefully. He also requests the members to take up the Bill is a peaceful and sanguine manner. Mr. Kharge gives assurance again.

N.K. Premachandran has sought permission to move statutory resolution against the Bill. He says he will move the resolution on 27th itself.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar agrees to the change of schedule.

Lok Sabha | 3:10 pm

Union Minister Paswan responds. The sloganeering gets louder as the minister speaks.

He says the Centre or the Bill will not take away the powers of the Centre. On misleading advertisements, the seller, advertiser and the endorser are responsible, but the extent of their responsibility varies. The existing consumer forum did not have punitive powers, so the new authority has quasi judicial powers.

The Bill goes for voting.

Amendments moved by Shashi Tharoor are not taken up as he is not present in the House.

Amendments moved by Adhiranjan Chaudhury and Mr. Premachandran are rejected by voice vote.

Amendments moved by Mr. Paswan are accepted.

The Bill, as amended, is passed.

Lok Sabha | 3:05 pm

N.K. Premachandran says he is supporting the Bill but it is weak and needs tweaking.  He says the purpose of the 1986 Act was not achieved because of the delay in delivering justice. He observes this Bill is also on the lines of the older Bill and hence, it needs simplification.

He says unethical and unfair online trade practice must be addressed. He also says responsibility must be fixed for the brand endorsers. When a newspaper can be tried for slander if it publishes wrong content, why can't celebrities be tried, he asks.

The Bill, as amended, is passed.

Lok Sabha | 3:00 pm

Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav says the Jaago Jaagrak Jaago campaign must be expanded. He also says the Commission must ensure diversity by having members of SC and OBCs. As Mr. Yadav makes his points, he is surrounded by members agitating for a JPC probe on Rafale deal. Mr. Yadav ends the speech with a demand for JPC! 

Parliament proceedings live | Lok Sabha to discuss triple talaq Bill on Dec. 27

Lok Sabha | 2:55 pm

What is the Bill about?

The Bill seeks to replace the three-decade-old Consumer Protection Act, 1986, which was amended thrice but is still found wanting in tackling challenges posed by online transactions, and tele-, multi-level, and digital marketing.

The Bill seeks to set up a Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) to "promote, protect and enforce the rights of the consumers."

The Bill also seeks to provide Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Consumer Protection Councils and consumer mediation cells.

The Bill also envisages provisions for product liability action on account of harm caused to consumers due to a defective product or by a deficiency in services.

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Lok Sabha | 2:50 pm

Kaushalendra Kumar (JD-U) is the next speaker.

CPI's Rajesh says this government is allowing a history graduate to head the RBI and an executive to run a quasi-judicial body. He says online fraud and spamming must be seriously tackled.

Mohammed Basheer (IUML) says it is a good Bill but doubts if it can meet the challenge of today's problem. He says the Bill is inadequate to tackle online fraud. He says selling of goods beyond expiry dates must also be addressed. He also fears poor and illiterate consumers may find it difficult to reach out to the concerned authority. 

Lok Sabha | 2:40 pm

Rahul Shewale (Shiv Sena) says the packaging of food items must clearly indicate the salt, sugar and trans fat content. He also suggests colour codes on packaged goods. He also says experts and not executives must be appointed for advisory rules. He also suggests a judicial person must be included in the Commission.

Madhukarao Kukade (NCP) says the Bill was expand its ambit to aid the farmers. He also claims there is adulteration in products sold by the Railways. He also speaks against dilution of States' rights.

Prahlad Singh Patel (BJP)  says it is the responsibility of the government to intervene if the trust of consumers are breached. He also says adulteration is a health risk. He lauds Mr. Paswan for bringing this Bill.

Lok Sabha | 2:30 pm

Federal structure is at stake: Satpathy

Tathagata Satpathy (BJD) says earlier the government brought a New Delhi Arbitration Council Bill because it wasn't functioning properly. But do we analyse the post-legislative impact, he asks pointing out at the GST reforms. He claims the GST and demonetisation have crippled the economy.

We don't have a sunset provision in a Bill. The last time the Bill was brought in for the first time, there was no e-commerce in India. He pitches for a sunset clause, say five years.

A woman member intervenes seeking a reply from Prime Minister. Mr. Satpathy replies, PM is not here. He says he empathises with their protest but doesn't approve their way of protest.

He objects to the "excessive powers being given to executives" to frame rules and regulation.  He also objects to "taking off" the powers of the States, thus destabilising the federal structure.

Congress and BJP chant slogans against each other.

Lok Sabha | 2:10 pm

Pratima Mondal (Trinamool Congress) says the Bill aims to simplify the process of filing the complaint. She points out that the Bill states that the Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission is a quasi judicial body. But a judicial person is not made the member of the Commission. She also says Consumer Protection Councils have advisory role, but doesn't specify to whom will Council advice.

Ms. Mondal says there is no clarity on the role of celebrity endorsers. On one hand they are accountable for the misleading advertisements, but also let's them away.

She also wants a way to help the consumer verify the claim of the sellers.  She also suggests a blanket ban on celebrity endorsement.

The sloganeering is back in the House.

Lok Sabha | 2:00 pm

Consumer Affairs Minister Ramvilas Paswan introduces the Consumer Protection Bill. He says a person can file complaint even through email and need not have to hire a lawyer to pursue the case.

The Bill has passed the scrutiny of Standing Committee and is a "non-controversial" Bill, Mr. Paswan says.

The celebrities who endorse a spurious product or service will not be jailed, he clarifies. He requests the House to pass the Bill.

There is no sloganeering or display of placards in the House.

Lok Sabha | 12:05 pm

Adjournment motion rejected, House adjourned

AIADMK floor leader P. Venugopal seeks permission to move adjournment motion.

AIADMK floor leader P. Venugopal seeks permission to move adjournment motion.   | Photo Credit: Courtesy LSTV


Lok Sabha proceedings resume. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is in the Chair. Ministers are laying various papers pertaining to their ministries.

AIADMK floor leader Venugopal seeks permission to move adjournment motion against Karnataka's proposed construction of dam across Cauvery in Mekadatu. "This is in violation of the Cauvery Board's decision," Mr. Venugopal says.

A Karnataka member says the Centre has only given an in-principle approval and the dam will be used only for drinking water purpose and not for irrigation. Speaker reject AIADMK's demand.

Ruckus in the House. Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm.

11:20 am

One State, two protests

Members of YSR Congress demand Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

Members of YSR Congress demand Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

The Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress party, both from Andhra Pradesh are demanding special category status to their State. They also have similar demands such as a steel plant in Kadapa, more funds to tackle natural calamities, farm loan waiver. But the parties hold separate protests outside the parliament daily.

TDP members protest outside the Parliament.

TDP members protest outside the Parliament.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena


Rajya Sabha | 11:10 am

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Rajya Sabha Chairman makes a statement regarding an argument between Congress member Anand Sharma and MoS Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel. Mr. Sharma had claimed Mr. Goel took the name of Rahul Gandhi, a member of the other House, while Mr. Goel refused the claim.

Mr. Naidu says he checked the records and found out that Mr. Goel didn't take up Mr. Gandhi's name. Mr. Sharma says, while he accepts the ruling many other members took his name and had placards carrying the Congress president's name. "The sloganeering don't make it to the records," Mr. Naidu says.

Members from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu troop into the Well. House is adjourned for the day.

Lok Sabha | 11:00 am

Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon

Lok Sabha assembles. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is in the Chair. She proceeds with the Question Hour. BJD member Bhartuhari Mahtab asks a question related to access to credit to handloom sector. MoS for textiles Ajay Tamta is replying. His answer is barely audible as Congress and BJP members raise slogans against each other.

While the Congress members insist on a JPC on Rafale deal, BJP members want an apology from Rahul Gandhi for levying what they call fake claims.

The AIADMK members are holding placards and today some Karnataka members too raise placards supporting the construction of dam in Mekadatu.

Lok Sabha is adjourned till 12 noon.

Rajya Sabha | 11:00 am

Rajya Sabha assembles. Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu is in the Chair. He is greeted by Tamil Nadu members. He replies back with "Vanakkam". For the past seven sessions, the members were raising slogans leading to wash out of proceedings.

AIADMK members raise anti-union government slogans outside the Parliament on Thursday.

AIADMK members raise anti-union government slogans outside the Parliament on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena


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