The Budget session of the Parliament has been extended for a few more days to discuss pending Bills. Both Houses had decided to skip the regular question hour and Zero hour proceedings to take up Bills. But Rajya Sabha Chairperson decides to take up Zero Hour alone.
Here are the live updates:
T. Subburami Reddy (Congress) rises to repeal the Banning of Unregulated Deposits Scheme Ordinance.
Suresh Prabhu says that deposit mobilisation happened, but the government has to ensure that no one is taken for a ride. He says those who are in this space will be brought under this comprehensive legislation.
Vincent H. Pala (Congress) rises to oppose the Bill. He says the Bill is a dilution of power from the doctors’ fraternity to the government.
Mahesh Sharma (BJP) says that the government’s healthcare schemes have helped a majority of the country.
Chair says that 40% of time has been lost due to disruption in the Upper House. He asks under which rules do these Members disturb the proceedings.
Both sides need corrective introspection, says the Chair. He adds that for scrutiny of Bills by parliamentary committees, they may need codification of rules for the same.
Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) brings up the death of the Unnao rape victim’s lawyer, and the victim being critical from an accident.
Members rise up to support him, while others protest. House is adjourned till noon.
Mr. Shekhawat says that 92% of the dams in the country are build on inter-State rivers. The Dam Safety Bill is introduced.
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan rises for to move that The National Medical Commission Bill be introduced in the House.
This Bill sets up the National Medical Commission (NMC). Within three years of the passage of the Bill, State governments will establish State Medical Councils. The NMC will consist of 25 members, appointed by the Centre. A common final year MBBS exam called NEXT will be introduced, he says.
Rajya Sabha assembles. The Chairperson informs the House that opposition members met him in person and expressed anguish on Bills being taken up without proper scrutiny.
The Chair says while he cannot comment on Lok Sabha, he says the for the last two years eight of 10 Bills were sent to Standing Committees. The other two Bills were passed unanimously.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill was sent to Standing and Select Committees. The opposition wanted the RTI Bill to be sent to Select Committee, but couldn’t because there wasn’t consensus.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Congress) says the House shouldn’t skip Question Hour and Zero Hour since that’s the only way all members get a chance to present the issues of their constituency.
The Speaker agrees. He says he will accomodate Zero Hour today.
Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Shekhawat seeks permission to introduce the Dam Safety Bill. Gaurav Gogoi (Congress) opposes it. N.K. Premachandran too opposes it, he says water is a state subject.
Shashi Tharoor (Congress) suggests the Bill should be sent to a parliamentary standing committee. Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD) questions the legislative competence of the Bill.
Lok Sabha assembles. Speaker Om Birla is in the Chair. Azam Khan apologises to the Speaker for his conduct.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi insists he should apologise to Rama Devi.
Akhilesh Yadav (SP) supports Mr. Khan and says his apology must be accepted and we must move on. “What about the woman in Unnao (the rape survivor who was injured in a road accident.),” he asks.
Rama Devi (BJP) says Mr. Khan should mend his ways.
“The House belongs to all. It runs on everyone’s support. I request you all to address the Chair when speaking,” Speaker says and reiterates that members should refrain from using language that would affect the dignity of the House.
Rajya Sabha assembles. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu is in the Chair. An emotional Mr. Naidu recallls his relationship with the late leader Jaipal Reddy, also a former Rajya Sabha member.
The House pays tribute to the departed leader. Jaipal Reddy passed away on Sunday.
On those days, when the Assembly assembles at 8 am. He and I would meet at 7 am over breakfast, Mr. Naidu recalls his association with Reddy. I have 40 years of personal association with him, he says.
Mr. Naidu congratulated Mary Kom for winning gold medal at the Presidency Cup. He congratulates other boxers too. Ms. Kom is a member of Rajya Sabha.
Rajya Sabha adjourned for till 11.24 am after smoke emits out of voting panel.
Agenda of the day
The Dam Safety Bill, 2019.
The National Medical Commission Bill, 2019.
The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019
The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019.
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
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