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Parliament Budget Session highlights: Nirmala Sitharaman tables ‘white paper’ on Indian economy in Lok Sabha

Parliament Budget Session highlights: A white paper is a govt document which is presented to highlight new policies & achievements to gain support.
Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Interim Budget Session of the Parliament on Wednesday.
Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Interim Budget Session of the Parliament on Wednesday.

Parliament Budget Session highlights: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday tabled a ‘white paper’ on the "mismanagement" of the economy during the previous Congress governments in the Lok Sabha. In view of the ‘white paper’, the Budget Session of Parliament has been extended for a day till February 10....Read More

A white paper is a government document which is presented to highlight new policies and achievements to gain support and to gauge public reaction. It is often bound in white cover.

Prior to this, the Congress released a "black paper" to highlight the "failures" of the Modi government at the Centre. They alleged that the last 10 years were a period of "injustice" with issues such as rising prices, unemployment, subversion of institutions and "discrimination" against non-BJP states plaguing the country.

Also Read | UPA inherited healthy economy, made it non-performing: Govt's ‘white paper’

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lauded former PM Manmohan Singh's contribution to the Parliament and the country while bidding farewell to retiring members in the Rajya Sabha.

Modi praised the former prime minister's commitment to his duties as a parliamentarian. "It doesn't matter who he was supporting, I believe that he was supporting our democracy," Modi said.

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Feb 8, 2024 7:59 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Lok Sabha adjourned

Proceedings of the Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow.

Feb 8, 2024 7:58 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Parliament clears Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Amendment Bill 2024

The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Amendment Bill 2024 has been passed by the Lok Sabha.

The bill seeks to decriminalise minor offences related to water pollution, enable the Centre to prescribe service conditions of chairpersons of State Pollution Control Boards, and exempt certain categories of industrial plants from statutory restrictions. It was cleared by the Rajya Sabha on Feb 6.

Feb 8, 2024 7:28 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: RS returns Finance Bill, appropriation bills

The Rajya Sabha has passed and returned the Finance Bill,2024 and the relevant appropriation bills marking the end of the interim budget exercise in Parliament, reports ANI.

Feb 8, 2024 6:14 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Read full text of the govt's white paper

In the white paper tabled in the Lok Sabha, the BJP-led government says that when the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, the economy was in a fragile state, public finances were in bad shape, there was economic mismanagement and financial indiscipline, and there was widespread corruption. Read full text here.

Feb 8, 2024 5:58 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: ‘Indian economy moving from ‘fragile five’ to ‘top five’ due to reforms by BJP’

The government's white paper outlines that the Indian economy is moving from “fragile five” to “top five” in just about a decade because of the reforms taken up by the BJP government.

"The rise of the Indian economy in the last ten years despite unprecedented obstacles of external origin (e.g. pandemic, geopolitical disturbances, etc.) is manifest in the trajectory of its GDP ranking. From being the 10th largest in 2014, India has surpassed many giants to become the fifth largest economy in 2023 (but for the pandemic in 2020, we would have become the 5th largest at least two years earlier) and is slated to become the third largest by 2027 as per IMF projections," it says.

Feb 8, 2024 5:39 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: What ‘white paper’ on Indian economy says

The 'white paper' tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday says that the UPA government inherited a healthy economy ready for more reforms, but made it non-performing in its ten years. Read more.

Feb 8, 2024 5:36 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: What is a white paper?

A white paper is a government document which is presented to highlight new policies and achievements to gain support and to gauge public reaction. It is often bound in white cover. Know more about it.

Feb 8, 2024 5:32 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: What FM Nirmala Sitharaman said about the 'white paper'

As she tabled the ‘white paper’ on the Indian economy in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said: “It is now appropriate to look at where we were then till 2014 and where we are now, only for the purpose of drawing lessons from the mismanagement of those years.”

Feb 8, 2024 5:11 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Environment minister moves bill related to water pollution

Forest and Environment minister Bhupender Yadav has moved The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Amendment Bill, 2024 in Lok Sabha for consideration & passing.

The bill seeks to decriminalise minor offences related to water pollution, enable the Centre to prescribe service conditions for chairpersons of State Pollution Control Boards, and exempt certain categories of industrial plants from statutory restrictions. It was passed by the Rajya Sabha on February 6.

Feb 8, 2024 5:06 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Nirmala Sitharaman tables ‘white paper’ on Indian economy

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has tabled a copy of the 'white paper on the Indian Economy' today, in Lok Sabha.

Feb 8, 2024 4:39 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Nirmala Sitharaman moves 5 bills in RS

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has moved 5 bills in the Rajya Sabha:

1) The Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2024

2) The Appropriation Bill, 2024

3) The J & K Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2024

4) The J & K Appropriation Bill, 2024

5) The Finance Bill, 2024

Feb 8, 2024 3:40 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Nirmala Sitharaman to lay ‘white paper’ on Indian economy in LS today

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman will lay a ‘white paper’ on the Indian economy on the table of Lok Sabha today, ANI reports. The supplementary list of business of the House on February 8 mentioned that the minister will lay a copy of the ‘white paper’.

Feb 8, 2024 2:25 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: DMK turns up in LS wearing black robes in protest

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's MP participated in Lok Sabha proceedings wearing black robes over the non-allocation of requisite funds to Tamil Nadu in the interim budget, reports PTI.

Feb 8, 2024 2:22 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: PM Modi's 'kaala teeka' dig at Mallikarjun Kharge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bidding farewell to members retiring from the Rajya Sabha, on Thursday lauded the contributions of his predecessor Manmohan Singh to the House and also took a sarcastic jibe at the Congress after Mallikarjun Kharge released a “black paper” against the Centre over his failures in the last 10 years. Read more.

Feb 8, 2024 2:06 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Rajya Sabha retiring members give farewell speeches

Retiring members of the Rajya Sabha are giving their farewell speeches in the House on Thursday.

Feb 8, 2024 2:00 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: TDP MP K Ravindra Kumar thanks Rajya Sabha chairman

Retiring TDP MP K Ravindra Kumar thanked former Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu and present chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar and other presiding officers of the House.

Feb 8, 2024 1:15 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Retiring Rajya Sabha MPs to attend farewell function

A farewell function will be organised today for the retiring Rajya Sabha members, at the residence of the Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar.

Feb 8, 2024 12:11 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: 58 Rajya Sabha MPs set to retire in July 2024

On Thursday, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh informed that the tenure of 58 MPs of the House would end in July 2024.

Feb 8, 2024 12:00 PM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge addresses Rajya Sabha

In the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Congress president and Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge urged the House to have more discussions on crucial matters concerning the country.

Kharge also hailed the contribution of the retiring MPs of the Rajya Sabha.

Feb 8, 2024 11:53 AM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Here is how PM Modi praised ex-PM Manmohan Singh

In the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the contribution of former PM Manmohan Singh. Modi said Singh will be remembered for a long time for his contribution to the House and the country.

Feb 8, 2024 11:40 AM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: PM Modi praises ex-PM Manmohan Singh

In the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the contribution of former PM Manmohan Singh. PM Modi also bid farewell to all the retiring MPs.

Feb 8, 2024 11:23 AM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge targets BJP

Here is how the Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has taken potshots at BJP.

Feb 8, 2024 11:17 AM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Lok Sabha proceedings begin

Proceedings of the day have begun in the Lok Sabha.

Feb 8, 2024 10:46 AM IST

Parliament Budget Session LIVE: Congress MP Manickam Tagore demands early release of disaster relief funds package to Tamil Nadu

Congress MP Manickam Tagore has urged the Lok Sabha to direct the Central government to early release 37,907 crore funds sought by the Tamil Nadu government towards flood relief, reported news agency ANI.

"It is important that this House should come forward to start discussion on the impact of cyclone Michaung in Tamil Nadu and to direct the government to early release 37, 907 crore funds sought by the state government towards flood relief," Tagore wrote in his letter to the Lok Sabha Secretary General.

Feb 8, 2024 9:47 AM IST

Congress MP Manickam Tagore submits adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha to address Tamil Nadu Cyclone.

Congress MP Manickam Tagore has submitted an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha to address the effects of Cyclone Michaung in Tamil Nadu.

Feb 8, 2024 8:49 AM IST

Parliament Budget Session: Both Houses to resume at 11 am today

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will reconvene at 11 am on Thursday to address the legislative matters scheduled for the day.

In the Rajya Sabha, discussions on the Union Interim Budget 2024-25 and the Interim Budget of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will continue following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 90-minute response to the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address.

As per the day's agenda listed for the Upper House, Union Minister Bupender Yadav will present a motion for the election to the Central Advisory Committee.

Feb 8, 2024 7:43 AM IST

Union Minister Bupender Yadav to propose motion for election to the Central Advisory Committee

Today in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Bupender Yadav will propose a motion for the election to the Central Advisory Committee.

Feb 8, 2024 7:42 AM IST

Debate on interim budget 2024-2025 to commence in RS today

Debate on the interim budget for 2024-25, as well as the interim budget for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, will recommence in the Rajya Sabha today.

Feb 8, 2024 6:34 AM IST

Lok Sabha extends budget session by one day, no question hour on Feb 10

The Lok Sabha's budget session has been prolonged until Saturday, February 10, to ensure ample time for addressing crucial government matters. A notification from the Lok Sabha Secretariat issued on Wednesday announced the extension, which was proposed by the Chair and approved by the House. This extension aims to accommodate the completion of essential government business. However, it's important to note that there will be no Question Hour session on this extended date.

Feb 8, 2024 8:49 AM IST

Parliament Budget Session: Both Houses to resume at 11 am today

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will reconvene at 11 am on Thursday to address the legislative matters scheduled for the day.

In the Rajya Sabha, discussions on the Union Interim Budget 2024-25 and the Interim Budget of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will continue following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 90-minute response to the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address.

As per the day's agenda listed for the Upper House, Union Minister Bupender Yadav will present a motion for the election to the Central Advisory Committee.

Feb 8, 2024 7:43 AM IST

Union Minister Bupender Yadav to propose motion for election to the Central Advisory Committee

Today in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Bupender Yadav will propose a motion for the election to the Central Advisory Committee.

Feb 8, 2024 7:42 AM IST

Debate on interim budget 2024-2025 to commence in RS today

Debate on the interim budget for 2024-25, as well as the interim budget for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, will recommence in the Rajya Sabha today.

Feb 8, 2024 6:34 AM IST

Lok Sabha extends budget session by one day, no question hour on Feb 10

The Lok Sabha's budget session has been prolonged until Saturday, February 10, to ensure ample time for addressing crucial government matters. A notification from the Lok Sabha Secretariat issued on Wednesday announced the extension, which was proposed by the Chair and approved by the House. This extension aims to accommodate the completion of essential government business. However, it's important to note that there will be no Question Hour session on this extended date.

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