Parliament monsoon session: Bill against economic offenders passed
Discussion on the Andhra special status category, and the Congress privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman were the highlights of Tuesday’s proceedings in Parliament. Here are the live updates.
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Parliament reconvened on Wednesday, a day after the Congress party moved a privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha over the Rafale deal.
On Tuesday, the government rejected the Opposition’s demand to extend Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh even as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that he had made this assurance on behalf of Parliament and had expected his successor to fulfil it.
Here are the Live updates on monsoon session of Parliament:
More than 7,000 Indians in foreign jails
As many as 7,737 Indians are languishing in various jails in foreign countries, the Lok Sabha was informed today, reports PTI. In a written reply to a question, minister of state for external affairs VK Singh said wherever required, the Indian missions and posts abroad provide airfare to facilitate the return of Indian prisoners who have completed their sentence.
Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018, passed
Parliament passes Bill to prevent fugitive economic offenders from evading legal process and fleeing the country.
IMA threatens stir
The Indian Medical Association (IMC) threatened to launch a stir if the “crassly pro-rich” National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill is passed by Parliament, reports PTI. The NMC Bill, which will be tabled in the ongoing Monsoon Session, seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI).
3,700 Naxals surrendered in four years
Over 3,700 Naxals have surrendered before the authorities in last four years, the Rajya Sabha was informed today, reports PTI. Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship Anantkumar Hegde said during the last four years, 3,714 Left Wing Extremists (LWE) have surrendered as per the available records of the ministry of home affairs.
Consumer expenditure survey findings next year
The government is likely to release the findings of NSSO consumer expenditure survey 2017-18 by June next year, which will form the basis for calculation of absolute poverty, Parliament was informed today, reports PTI. The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has completed the data collection related to consumer expenditure survey 2017-18 in June this year, minister of state for planning Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
Khadi sales increase
Sales of khadi and village industries products have increased to Rs 59,098 crore in 2017-18, Parliament was informed today, reports PTI. The sales stood at Rs 52,138 crore in 2016-17, according to the data shared by MSME Minister Giriraj Singh in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Raw silk production to increase
India’s raw silk production is expected to reach 38,500 tonnes by 2019-20, Parliament was informed today, reports PTI. However, despite several schemes and programmes for increasing silk production in the country, India still imports silk products from China, Japan and Korea, minister of state for textiles Ajay Tamta said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Textile exports have increased
Textile and clothing sector exports have increased marginally to $39.2 billion in 2017-18 from $39 billion in the previous fiscal, Parliament was informed today, reports PTI. On the other hand India’s imports of textile and apparel have increased by 17% from $6.3 billion in 2016-17 to $7.3 billion in 2017-18, minister of state for textiles Ajay Tamta said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Half of SEZ land lying vacant
About half of the land out of 45,711 hectares notified for 373 special economic zones (SEZs) are lying vacant as on August 2017, Parliament was informed today, reports PTI. The vacant land is primarily with private sector or state public sector unit developers, minister of state for commerce and industry CR Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Ananth Kumar takes dig at Cong over privilege motion
Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar took a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi following the Opposition’s decision to move a privilege motion against PM Narendra Modi and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman for allegedly misleading the lower house over Rafale aircraft deal during no-confidence motion debate, reports ANI
Kharge targets Modi on Africa tour timing
Coming down hard on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing three-nation to Africa, senior Congress leader and member of Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the former could have avoided his visit as the Parliament session is currently underway, reports ANI.
59 mega infra projects report cost overrun of Rs 1.36 lakh
As many as 59 mega central sector infrastructure projects, worth at least Rs 1,000 crore each, have reported cost overrun of Rs 1.36 lakh crore, Parliament was informed today, reports PTI.
Union minister Vijay Goel, in a written reply to Lok Sabha, said: “As on April 1, 2018, a total of 389 mega projects (costing Rs 1,000 crore and above) including rail and road sectors were on the monitor of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI).”
CPI(M) plea for women’s reservation
CPI(M) makes strong plea for passage of women’s reservation bill in Lok Sabha, saying it should be brought now so that it can be implemented before the International Women’s Day next year.
Heated exchanges over bullet train project
Lok Sabha witnesses heated exchanges between the Opposition and the government over the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, with the former terming its cost exorbitant and the latter alleging that the previous regime had sanctioned projects for “narrow political gains”.
YRS Congress MP apologises
Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today cited former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s speech in the House yesterday to stress that members can put forth their views without shouting, after a YSR Congress MP apologised for his behaviour.
During a short duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, on implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act, YSR MP V Vijayasai Reddy made certain remarks after the Chair did not give him extra time to complete his speech on the issue.
“I am sorry for the incident, (for) what happened yesterday,” Reddy said.
Lok Sabha adjourned briefly
Lok Sabha adjourns briefly following heated exchanges between TMC and BJP members over alleged lynching of women in West Bengal.
Congress moves adjournment notice over NEET
Congress MP KC Venugopal has given adjournment notice in Lok Sabha over NEET data leak matter.