Parliament LIVE updates: Oppn dubs Rafale deal a scam, Congress demands setting up of JPC

The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed by a voice vote a legislation prescribing death penalty to those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years and making the law against such sexual offences more stringent. Follow for LIVE updates:

By HT Correspondent | Aug 07, 2018 17:40 IST

The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed by a voice vote a legislation prescribing death penalty to those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years and making the law against such sexual offences more stringent.

The Bill replaces the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21, following an outcry over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of another woman at Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

The Lok Sabha passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018 on July 30.

Here are the LIVE updates:

5:20 pm IST

Oppn dubs Rafale deal a scam, Congress demands setting up of JPC

Dubbing the Rafale fighter jet deal as a “scam”, opposition parties in Lok Sabha on Tuesday demanded a probe into it, with the Congress demanding the setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate it.

4:30 pm IST

Outgo on pension to exceed salary payment this fiscal: Finance Minister

The government’s outgo on pension will exceed the expenditure on salaries by nearly Rs 10,000 crore in the current financial year, and the trend will continue for two more years till March 2021, a Finance Ministry document said on Tuesday.

4:10 pm IST

BJP to hold rallies to connect with backward classes: Ananth Kumar

Union minister Ananth Kumar said that the BJP will hold scores of rallies, from August 15 to August 30, to give an account to people about the policies and schemes they have introduced for the development of the backward classes since 2014.

3:05pm IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till tomorrow amid protests by TMC members on (Assam) NRC issue.

2:55pm IST

NCP’s Vandana Chauhan likely Oppn candidate for RS deputy chairperson post

Vandana Chavan of the Nationalist Congress Party is likely to be the Opposition candidate for the Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson’s election to be held on August 9.

Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) Satish Mishra and Trinamool’s Derek o Brien proposed her name at the Opposition meeting in Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s chamber in Parliament. Azad is also believed to be reaching out to BJD’s Naveen Patnaik and Shiv Sena seeking support for her. The opposition is likley to meet again at 6 pm

2:40pm IST

Naidu chides members for thin attendance in House

Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu chided members for the thin attendance in the House when a crucial legislation to provide constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes was passed on Monday evening.

At the start of the day’s proceedings, Naidu observed that 156 members were present when the Rajya Sabha passed the constitution amendment bill. “We just scraped through,” he lamented. “We were exactly a little above the mark, that’s all. Otherwise, you can’t get it approved also.”

2:37pm IST

Centre withdraws FRDI Bill from Lok Sabha

Nearly a year after introducing it in the Lok Sabha, the government withdrew the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill following widespread concerns over certain provisions in the proposed legislation. There have been concerns over the proposed ‘bail-in’ clause to resolve a failing bank and insurance cover on bank deposits.

2:18pm IST

Continuously working for poor, weaker sections: Amit Shah

The prime minister had said that this government will be for the poor and weaker sections of the society and so we are continuously working for them, says Amit Shah.

2:14pm IST

Farmer’s income will be doubled by 2022: Amit Shah

We have undertaken a number of tasks for the welfare of farmers, ever since we have come to power, says Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha. “Farmer’s income will be doubled by 2022. Budget allocation for agriculture sector was increased by 75%.”

2:10pm IST

UP shelter home case: Rajnath says no culprit will escape action

With opposition parties raising serious concern over the alleged sexual exploitation of girls at a children’s shelter home in Uttar Pradesh, home minister Rajnath Singh termed the incident shameful and declared that no culprit would escape action.

1:45pm IST

RS panel to submit report on Ancient Monuments Bill in winter session

The Rajya Sabha allowed its Select Committee to submit its report on The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill in the second week of winter session of Parliament.

1:25pm IST

Opposition meets to discuss Rajya Sabha deputy chairman election

Opposition meeting is underway at Ghulam Nabi Azad’s chamber to discuss on candidate for the election of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman.

12:30pm IST

Paswan urges members to pass consumer bill without debate

Consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan urged Lok Sabha members to pass the new Consumer Protection Bill without debate, saying it is a “revolutionary” and “non-controversial” measure aimed at benefiting consumers.

The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 provides for establishment of an executive agency to be known as the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) which will deal with unfair trade practices and misleading advertisements.

12:20am IST

BJP to celebrate Social Justice week in August

“The PM has decided we will celebrate ‘Smajaik nyay pakhwada’ from August 15-31. We will go to every part of India and make people aware of decisions we made for social justice and safety. From next year, the BJP will celebrate Social Justice week from August 1-9 every year,” says BJP leader Ananth Kumar after Parliamentary meeting.

According to news agency PTI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked ‘August Kranti’, named so as Mahatama Gandhi launched the Quit India movement in this month in 1942, as he spoke about the “historic” significance of the bills passed in this month by Parliament. “A historic law has been passed and another is likely to be passed in a day or two,” Kumar said.

Party sources said Modi also spoke about his government’s work for developing backward regions and backward sections of the society since it took over.

11:45am IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon

Opposition Aam Aadmi Party and Samajwadi Party forced a pre-noon adjournment of proceedings in the Rajya Sabha over alleged sexual abuse of young girls at a shelter home at Deoria in Uttar Pradesh.

11:15am IST

Opposition MPs protest outside Parliament

TDP MPs protest in the Parliament premises over their demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh while RJD, SP and CPI MPs protest in the Parliament premises over Deoria shelter home case and Muzaffarpur shelter home issue.


11:00am IST

Mayawati says credit of implementation of Bill goes to ST/SC people

“Our party gives credit of implementation of this Bill to ST/SC people of the country which includes BSP supporters too, who successfully conducted Bharat Bandh on April 2 and pressurised the Centre and BJP govt to retain the earlier provisions of the Bill,” says BSP chief Mayawati : ANI.

10:10am IST

Rahul Gandhi arrives for Congress Parliamentary party meet

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders including Jyotiraditya Scindia, KC Venugopal and Ranjeet Ranjan arrive for Congress Parliamentary Party meeting: ANI.

9:45am IST

Modi arrives for BJP Parliamentary party meeting

9:30am IST

Amit Shah, Union ministers arrive for BJP Parliamentary party meeting

BJP president Amit Shah and Union ministers Ananth Kumar, Prakash Javadekar and Arjun Ram Meghwal arrive for BJP Parliamentary party meeting at Parliament library building: ANI.