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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday replied to the Motion of Thanks on President Ram Nath Kovind’s address, in the Rajya Sabha, day seven of the ongoing Budget session of Parliament. Usually, Prime Ministers speak in both the Houses of Parliament – Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. However, with the Opposition protesting refusing to end protests in the Lok Sabha over the contentious farm laws, the PM’s reply, only in the Rajya Sabha, marked a departure from the norm.
In a collective show of strength, more than a dozen Opposition parties had boycotted the President’s address on January 29, which marks the commencement of the Budget session. While debate on Motion of Thanks happened rather smoothly in the Rajya Sabha, with the Centre and the Opposition agreeing to discuss the issue in the Upper House for a total of 15 hours, no discussion could take place in the Lok Sabha or the Lower House. According to an official statement, the first six sittings of the Rajya Sabha in the ongoing session were productive, registering a productivity of 82.10%.
The first half of the Budget session will end on February 13. The second and final half will take place from March 8-April 8.
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FEB 08, 2021 11:01 PM IST
Independent MLA Navneet Rana raises issue of sanitiser being given during vaccination
Independent MLA Navneet Rana said that the Maharashtra government has not taken steps to ensure children get adequate medical treatment in rural areas. She raised the issue of 2 kids who were administered hand sanitiser drops instead of oral polio vaccine drops at a Primary Health Centre at Kapsi-Kopari, an interior village, under Ghatanji tehsil of Maharashtra's Yavatmal district
FEB 08, 2021 10:52 PM IST
Uday Pratap Singh says there are ploy to disturb national peace
The Madhya Pradesh lawmaker says that middlemen and people engaged in corruption in mandis are against the farm laws. He said people who protested in JNU against CAA and NRC and participated in Shaheen Bagh protests are the ones who have hijacked agitation against farm laws.
FEB 08, 2021 10:40 PM IST
Hoshangabad's MP Uday Pratap Singh says govt has taken definitive steps to curb spread of Covid
BJP MP Uday P Singh also said that the PM under his governance ensured people were lifted from poverty and implemented developmental projects to ensure rural as well as urban development across the nation.
FEB 08, 2021 10:34 PM IST
Apni Party MP Anupriya Patel praises govt for handling of Covid crisis
The Mirzapur lawmaker said that the government under PM Modi ensured quick development of two vaccines and used the Covid-19 crisis as an opportunity to develop the medical infrastructure sector of the country.
FEB 08, 2021 10:18 PM IST
Tewari urges to hold discussions on Galwan Valley clashes
Congress MP Manish Tewari says that the government should hold discussions regarding the clashes in East Ladakh. He said that previously whenever there was any attack on India's sovereignty parties in power as well as in Opposition have held extensive discussions in the parliament regarding solving the crisis. Tewari also urged the PM to hold discussions regarding the Galwan Valley clashes.
FEB 08, 2021 10:14 PM IST
Congress MP Manish Tewari says treatment of farmers shows state of nation
Congress MP Manish Tewari says farmers have been mistreated and the treatment of farmers reflects a lot of the state of the nation.
FEB 08, 2021 09:15 PM IST
BJD MP says govt should implement recommendations of Swaminathan commission
BJD MP Pinaki Mishra said the Central govt should implement recommendations of the Swaminathan commission and resume talks with farmers. He also said that the concertina wires and barricades might not help the discussion process but at the same time also criticised unruly elements which created unrest during the Jan 26 tractor rally.
FEB 08, 2021 09:13 PM IST
BJD MP Pinaki Mishra says ministers should get vaccinated
BJD MP Pinaki Mishra said that in every nation heads of states have gotten themselves vaccinated against Covid-19. He said US President Joe Biden, UK PM Boris Johnson had gotten themselves vaccinated and urged top ministers to get vaccinated.
FEB 08, 2021 08:54 PM IST
Farmers' protests being staged by middlemen, show flaw in laws, says Rajiv Ranjan Singh
Rajiv Ranjan Singh says farmers protest is being staged by middlemen and people who run the mandis, and he dared opposition MPs to show flaw in laws.
FEB 08, 2021 08:48 PM IST
JD(U) MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh says PM Modi took tough decision to implement Covid-19 lockdown
The JD(U) MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh said that PM Modi took a tough decision to implement lockdown. He also said that several opposition MPs whose names he did not want to take, did not even try to help stranded labourers. He said opposition MPs should understand that amid pandemic all should stand together despite political leanings.
FEB 08, 2021 08:44 PM IST
'Why government missing deadlines to notify citizenship rules ?' asks TMC MP Mahua Moitra
TMC MP Mahua Moitra says "Citizenship Amendment Act was passed in 2019 in this House on the pretext of granting citizenship to persecuted Hindus & other minorities in neighbouring countries. At the same time, it threw into abusive insecurity millions of Indians who had been living in this land for generations. But the rules by which this act will be implemented were not yet prepared by December 2020, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The deadline has yet again been extended till April 2021. If indeed this govt cared so much for those persecuted in the neighbouring countries, why does it miss the deadline to notify these rules?" reports ANI.
FEB 08, 2021 08:32 PM IST
Shiv Sena MP says even during lockdown farmers ensured we do not sleep hungry
Shiv Sena MP Prataprao Jadhav said that farmers are the soul of the nation. They have made sure that during lockdown we do not sleep hungry. He said there should be investigation into violence during the Jan 26 tractor rally. He said the national flag should be respected but farmers should not be treated (or called) terrorists.
FEB 08, 2021 05:32 PM IST
BJP MP Locket Chatterjee says TMC govt mishandling Central govt schemes
The BJP MP from Bengal says that the Trinamool Congress politicians change the names of central schemes and do not credit the Central government for extending these schemes to the people of Bengal. She also alleged that the Trinamool Congress govt is mismanaging the funds sent by Centre.
FEB 08, 2021 05:22 PM IST
BJP MP Locket Chatterjee says there was no political reason behind the awarding Bharat Ratna to former president Pranab Mukherjee
BJP MP Locket Chatterjee while extending her condolences towards those who lost their lives in pandemic also extended her condolences towards former president of India Pranab Mukherjee. She also said that there was no political reason behind awarding Bharat Ratna to Pranab Mukherjee. She highlighted that PM Modi and the former president had deep respect for each other and democratic institutions.
FEB 08, 2021 05:16 PM IST
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Choudhury demands standalone discussion on farm laws
The Congress leader from Bengal said that discussions on the President's Motion of Thanks would entail discussions on several topics concerning the nation. Choudhury expressed concerns that this would not allow for a detailed discussion on the farmers' agitation. He said that it is hard for opposition MPs to remain silent when farmers' are agitating amid cold wave conditions.
FEB 08, 2021 05:07 PM IST
Singh urges parliamentarians to uphold democratic processes
Defence minister Rajnath Singh says every political party should uphold democratic processes. He was speaking in connection to the repeated sloganeering by the opposition politicians demanding repeal of farm laws. Lok Sabha has reconvened.
FEB 08, 2021 04:17 PM IST
You've been sent here to help the people of your constituencies: Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla before adjourning session
A visibly disappointed Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla was seen requesting opposition parliamentarians to stop sloganeering and use the valuable time of the parliament to ask questions about govt policies rather than continuing with protests. The Lok Sabha speaker has adjourned the proceedings till 5pm.
FEB 08, 2021 04:12 PM IST
Union minister Prakash Javadekar says despite pandemic students were not affected due to availability of online material
Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that despite the pandemic students were still able to access study materials over the internet. He also said that Tata Sky, YouTube, JioTV and many other websites and TV channels helped students continue with their studies despite the challenges presented by the pandemic.
FEB 08, 2021 04:08 PM IST
Lok Sabha reconvenes
Lok Sabha has reconvened amid slogans demanding withdrawal of farm laws from opposition MPs.
FEB 08, 2021 03:15 PM IST
BJP MP gives notice in LS on 'poor condition' of NH-19
BJP MP Sushil Kumar Singh has given Zero hour notice in Lok Sabha over, 'poor condition of NH-19 (National Highway).'
FEB 08, 2021 01:55 PM IST
RS passes J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, adjourned
Rajya Sabha passes the Jammu and Kashmir reorganisation (Amendment) Bill 2021, adjourned till tomorrow.
FEB 08, 2021 01:34 PM IST
Congress, CPM gives notice in Lok Sabha on farm laws
Congress MPs Manish Tewari, Jasbir Gill and CPM MP AM Arif give adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha and demand the repealing of three farm laws.
FEB 08, 2021 01:02 PM IST
Existence of land almost negligent in J&K: Azad
Existence of land is almost negligent in Jammu and Kashmir, that's why Maharaja Hari Singh added that provision for land: Azad in Rajya Sabha.
FEB 08, 2021 12:59 PM IST
Have not been able to buy land in J&K, says Cong's Azad
Most areas in Jammu and Kashmir are forests and mountains. When it was made UT, many MPs said they'll buy land there. I said I've not been able to do so and asked them if they know cost of land in Jammu and Srinagar. Price of land in these cities is ₹40-50 crore per acre: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress
FEB 08, 2021 12:15 PM IST
TMC MPs walked out as PM Modi began his address
TMC MPs walked out as PM Modi began his reply in Rajya Sabha to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address.
FEB 08, 2021 11:53 AM IST
'Modi hai, Mauka lijiye,' PM concludes speech in Rajya Sabha
PM Modi concludes his speech in Rajya Sabha; says, "Modi hai, mauka lijiye."
FEB 08, 2021 11:38 AM IST
India needs to be wary of new FDI or 'Foreign Destructive Interference': PM Modi
‘India needs to beware of new FDI or Foreign Destructive Ideology’, says PM Modi in Rajya Sabha.
FEB 08, 2021 11:36 AM IST
New class of people, called 'Aandolankari' coming up, says PM Modi
PM takes dig at people seen in every agitation; says that a new class of people is coming up. This class, he says, is 'Anadolankari,' and everyone needs to be expose such people.
FEB 08, 2021 11:34 AM IST
Country extremely proud of our Sikh brothers: PM Modi
Country is extremely proud of our Sikh brothers. What have they not done for the country? People trying to mislead them should realise doing this will not benefit anyone: PM Modi
FEB 08, 2021 11:30 AM IST
MSP tha, hai aur rahega: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha
On MSP, PM Modi again assures farmers that it will stay. 'MSP tha, hai aur rahega, says PM Modi in Rajya Sabha.
FEB 08, 2021 11:29 AM IST
Need to explain to farmers that farm laws benefit them, says PM Modi
We need to collectively convince the farmers that the farm laws will be beneficial to them. I'm doing this, you do this as well. Let all abuses come my way, you can take credit for good things: PM Modi
FEB 08, 2021 11:21 AM IST
Need to improve the lives of small farmers: PM Modi
NDA's other schemes also help farmers. For example- the PMGSY. When the road connectivity improves, it enables the produce of the farmers to reach distant places. There are efforts like Kisan Rail too. The need of the hour is to improve the lives of the small farmers: PM Modi
FEB 08, 2021 11:13 AM IST
Initiated changes in agriculture to empower farmers: PM Modi
Since 2014, we have initiated changes in the agriculture sector aimed at empowering the farmer. The crop insurance scheme was changed to make it more farmer friendly. The PM-KISAN scheme was also brought in. We are working for the small farmers: PM Modi
FEB 08, 2021 11:07 AM IST
Thank ex-PM Deve Gowda for discussions related to agriculture: PM Modi
I would like to appreciate the contribution of Shri HD Devegowda ji on the discussions relating to agriculture in the house. His words have added great perspective to the debate. He himself has a strong association with the agriculture sector: PM Modi
FEB 08, 2021 11:01 AM IST
Need to defeat poverty if we have to progress, says PM Modi
"We will have to rid ourselves of poverty if we have to progress. We will have to do a lot more besides what we’ve already done. Once a poor person gets confidence, he will himself be empowered to do this," says PM Modi.
FEB 08, 2021 10:58 AM IST
India has seen days when there was a large threat of polio, small pox: PM Modi
India has seen days when there was a large threat of polio, small pox. Nobody knew whether India will get a vaccine or how many people will get it: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha.
FEB 08, 2021 10:55 AM IST
Covid-19 period strengthened our federal structure: PM Modi
Covid-19 period has added new strength to our federal structure and the spirit of cooperative federalism: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha
FEB 08, 2021 10:50 AM IST
Some people mocked those who lit lamps during Covid-19: PM Modi
"You might've seen on social media-an old woman sitting outside her hut on footpath, with a lit earthen lamp, praying for welfare of India. We're mocking her! If somebody who never went to school thinks they can serve India by lighting lamps, they can do it. It's being mocked," says PM Modi.
FEB 08, 2021 10:47 AM IST
'Third world countries' developing vaccines for humanity: PM Modi
Nations labelled as 'third world countries' are developing vaccines for humanity. Largest vaccination drive against Covid-19 underway in India. World proudly says it has received vaccines from India: PM Modi
FEB 08, 2021 10:44 AM IST
Credit of winning war against Covid-19 goes to India, says PM Modi
Credit of winning war against Covid-19 goes not to the govt or individual, but to India: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha
FEB 08, 2021 10:41 AM IST
President's address was still delivered, says PM Modi
In a dig at Opposition parties which boycotted President's address, PM Modi says that the message was 'still delivered.'
FEB 08, 2021 10:39 AM IST
50 MPs expressed their views for more than 13 hours: PM Modi
In Rajya Sabha, over 50 MPs expressed their views for over 13 hours, they expressed their invaluable views. So, I express my gratitude to all the MPs: PM Modi
FEB 08, 2021 10:37 AM IST
India is a land of opportunities: PM Modi
"India is a land of opportunities in real sense, opportunities are waiting for us. India can't afford to miss opportunities," says PM Modi.
FEB 08, 2021 10:33 AM IST
PM Modi responds to Motion of thanks in Rajya Sabha
Whole world is witnessing a severe crisis (Covid-19), who would’ve thought humanity will have to go through something like this: PM Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha.
FEB 08, 2021 10:30 AM IST
Congress' Tagore gives notice in Lok Sabha on Uttarakhand
Congress MP Manickam Tagore has given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over flash floods in Uttarakhand.
FEB 08, 2021 10:09 AM IST
India will get all its Rafale aircraft from France by April 2022: Rajnath Singh
11 Rafale aircraft have arrived in India. By this March, India will have 17 Rafale aircraft. By April 2022, all Rafale aircraft (the entire batch) will come to India: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in Rajya Sabha
FEB 08, 2021 09:58 AM IST
BJD MP gives Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha
BJD MP Prashanta Nanda gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha and demanded to provide mobile connectivity in villages and left-wing extremism (LWE) areas in Odisha.
FEB 08, 2021 09:29 AM IST
Will ask HM for details on Uttarakhand tragedy, says RS chairman
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, the Rajya Sabha chairman, says that he will ask home minister Amit Shah for details on Uttarakhand disaster once the home ministry has full report.
FEB 08, 2021 09:20 AM IST
Shiv Sena gives notice to discuss TRP scam
Shiv Sena's Priyanka Chaturvedi gives suspension of business notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to discuss the investigation of TRP scam.
FEB 08, 2021 09:08 AM IST
PM to respond in Rajya Sabha at around 10:30 am, says PMO
At around 10:30 AM today in the Rajya Sabha, PM Narendra Modi will reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address: Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
FEB 08, 2021 08:31 AM IST
CPI gives notice over Uttarakhand flash floods
CPI MP Binoy Viswam has given suspension of business notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha over the flash floods in Chamoli, Uttrakhand.
FEB 08, 2021 08:14 AM IST
PM Modi likely to speak at 10:30 am in Rajya Sabha
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reply to the debate on Motion of Thanks on President Ram Nath Kovind’s address, in the Rajya Sabha at 10:30 am on Monday.
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