Parliament LATEST updates: “Satyameva Jayate – the truth shall prevail. The CAG Report on Rafale reaffirms the dictum. 2016 vs 2007 terms – Lower price, faster delivery, better maintenance, lower escalation,” Tweeted Jaitley after the CAG on Air Force deals was tabled in Rajya Sabha.
According to ANI, the CAG report, tabled before Rajya Sabha, says that compared to the 126 aircraft deal of the UPA, India managed to save 17.08% money for the India Specific Enhancements in the 36 Rafale contract done by the Modi government.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi gave a speech at the Congress’ parliamentary committee meeting on Wednesday, in which she attacked the Modi government for ‘weakening’ various institutions including the Parliament and called it an “unprecedented economic stress and social stain for the country”.
Due to ruckus over tabling of the CAG report on Rafale deal, Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12 pm. The report is also scheduled to be tabled in the Lok Sabha.
The CAG report on Rafale deal was tabled in the Rajya Sabha. The report will include the performance audit details and a list of acquisitions made by the Indian Air Force, including the controversial Rafale deal.
Opposition MPs including members of TMC and TDP staged a protest outside the Parliament premises on Wednesday. Rahul Gandhi also joined the protests where legislators were also seen flying ‘paper planes’ to attack government against the Rafale deal.
As the Budget Session of the Parliament draws to a close on Wednesday, the 16th Lok Sabha will convene for its final sitting. The Lower House is expected to discuss and take up a Bill seeking to protect gullible investors from Ponzi schemes. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is also scheduled to be taken up for discussion and passage today.
However, all eyes will be on Rajya Sabha where two key bills — The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 — will lapse if not passed by the Upper House on Wednesday. The fate of these bills, which have been facing strong resistance from the Opposition and some of BJP’s own allies, would be a crucial test for the Modi government.
While an ordinance is currently in force outlawing the practice of triple talaq, the government has the option of re-promulgation if the bill is not passed in this session. However, Congress has already said that it would scrap the bill if it is voted to power.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill will be moved in the Rajya Sabha by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Opposition parties have demanded the Bill to be sent to the Select Committee of Parliament for further vetting. However, the Centre had rejected the demand.
Also, the much-awaited CAG report on Rafale deal will be presented before the Parliament on Wednesday. The report titled ‘Capital Acquisition in Indian Air Force’ will be presented by Junior Finance Minister P Radhakrishnan. The report will include the performance audit details and a list of acquisitions made by the Indian Air Force.
The report is expected to have the CAG’s findings on the Rafale deal over which the Congress and other Opposition parties have been attacking the BJP-led government.
On Tuesday, the Lok Sabha passed the Finance Bill, 2019 by a voice vote. Replying to the discussion on the bill, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal asserted that all the proposals in the bill are aimed at benefiting the middle classes and honest taxpayers. He appealed to the states to furnish data about farmers so that the income support under the PM-Kisan scheme is credited to their accounts at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the Congress staged a walk-out in Lok Sabha over the Rafale deal while Rajya Sabha faced adjournment following an uproar by Samajwadi Party members after party chief Akhilesh Yadav was allegedly stopped at Lucknow airport while on his way to Allahabad.
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