Friday, 2 December 2016

Vociferous protests stall Parliament proceedings..

Trinamool and other Opposition members in both Houses raise the issue of West Bengal not being informed of the Army's presence.

Top Developments

The issue of the deployment of the Army in West Bengal was raised. The government called this a routine exercise
Private Members' Bills are to be taken up today
Navaneethakrishnan of AIADMK raises the issue of crop insurance payment
Tiruchi Siva of DMK raises the issue of disinvestment of Salem Steel Plant
Constant protests in Lok Sabha. House is adjourned till Monday.
With Parliament seeing repeated adjournments, the winter session has so far managed to pass only amendments to the Income Tax Bill so far.

On Friday, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day due to uproar created by Opposition, which wanted the Prime Minister to apologise for his statements outside Parliament.
In the case of the Lok Sabha, with no signs of thaw in the deadlock with the government, a combative Opposition continued their vociferous protests in the House over the demonetisation issue, forcing the adjournment of the House for the day without transacting much business.
Following are the updates of the day:

House resumes proceedings. Members shout slogans in the well of the House. Private Members' Bills are being introduced.
Chair calls on Tiruchi Siva to speak. Shouting of slogans shouting drowns him out. House is adjourned till Monday.
Proceedings resume. All notices of adjournment disallowed. Shouting of slogans commences.
Protesting members shout slogans, even as some members ask questions and get answers.
BJD member Bhartruhari Mahtab raises the issue of large scale theft of debit card data earlier this year. "Around Rs. 10 crore is said to be siphoned off. Our banking security hacked. The government should come back with full forensic report on it."
"HDFC, ICICI, other banks suffered biggest data breach; transactions originating in China and US," he says
House adjourned till Monday.

Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu of the Congress brings up issues related to cashless transactions. "Still, the Government of India has not planned for cyber crime."
K.K. Ragesh, Kerala CPI(M) member, raises the issue of falling coconut price.
Question hour commences. Shouting of slogans begins. House adjourned till 2.30 p.m.

LOK SABHA | 11.50 A.M.
House adjourned till noon.

RAJYA SABHA | 11.45 A.M.
T.K. Rangarajan of the CPI(M) raises the issue of crop insurance payments. "We have already raised the issue of the Salem Steel Plant," he says
"The MoS for Finance misled the House. In a written reply to my unstarred question, he said there is sufficient currency with the government, which is false," says Subbarami Reddy of the Congress.
"I direct the government to reply during the discussion," says the Chair.
Derek O'Brien (TMC) raises rule 249 for authentication of papers laid on the table. "Those are selective placing of documents. The issue is about December 1, and not the dates the Minister has stated."
Vijila Satyananth of the AIADMK also raises the issue of the Salem Steel Plant.
Shantaram Naik of the Congress gives a breach of privilege on the Prime Minister for not making a statement on demonetisation.

RAJYA SABHA | 11.30 A.M.
Chair calms down the protesting members. "Don't shout at me or at members. If you find the Minister's statement misleading, invoke the rule book and question."
Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) says, "MoS Defence's statement is far from the truth and misleading the House. The issue was related to December 1 incident. He did not say whether state was consulted. Rather, he has used the term 'national emergency'. He needs to clarify."
Minister Venkaiah Naidu says, "National emergencies can also be natural calamities. The date was changed on request of the State. This is truth. It is not misleading the House. It is a sensitive matter. Don't politicise."
Navaneethakrishnan of the AIADMK raises the issue of crop insurance payment. "The farmers are not able to make the payment by December 5. This needs to be extended."
Tiruchi Siva of the DMK raises the issue of disinvestment of the Salem Steel Plant.

LOK SABHA | 11.30 A.M.
Protesting members troop into the well of the House. Questions on IT solutions in the Health Sector being taken by Ministers, while protesting members hoot.
Defence Minister on procurements: We have brought in a good black listing policy for defaulting suppliers.
Opposition members demand voting and discussion on demonetisation issue.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan says she is not adjourning the House.
''We are jointly developing technologies with Israel,'' says Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

RAJYA SABHA | 11.15 A.M.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien asks BSP chief Mayawati to speak. Government wants to reply first.
"LoP has referred to excesses in Bengal. Army has been deputed at toll plazas," says Ms. Mayawati. "As former UP CM, I can say Army comes after State government's permission. We respect the Army. But this is an attack on federal structure as the State hasn't been consulted. Army should not be politicised."
"Army is carrying out routine annual data collection exercise," says MoS Defence Subhash Bhamre. "The exercise was delayed because of 'Bharat bandh'. A letter was written to the District Magistrate of Howrah. The exercise was to update database available of vehicles. In 2015, Eastern Command did the same exercise."
Protesting members take to the well of the House.

Lok Sabha proceedings begin. The way the House paid homage to the Bhopal gas leak victims, homage should be paid to those who died in queues due to demonetisation, says Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
TMC member Sudip Bandyopadhyay raises the issue of Army deployment in West Bengal. "Why is the Army being used in such a way?" he asks.
The Defence Minister says, "I am shocked by the statement given against the Army. This was a routine exercise of the Army and it was carried out last year also. For the past 15 years, the exercise has been going on. This year also, the Eastern Command started exercise with State governments in Northeast and West Bengal. The original dates of exercise was November 28, 29, 30, but as advised by the local police, it was changed to December 1, 2."
Opposition members begin shouting slogans.

It's the day for private members' Bills to be brought up in the House. Papers are laid on the table.
Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress raises the issue of the Army in West Bengal. "Our Army is our pride. They lay down their lives for the country. Sometimes on a State government's need, the Army is also sent during natural calamities. People trust the Army."
"But in West Bengal, the Army has taken toll plazas at 19 places. This is difficult to grasp. The Chief Minister is protesting. She was in the Secretariat whole night! She says will stay unless she is told what is this. Without the State's knowledge, the Army is at toll plazas! There is no law and order problem. We are hearing the Army is counting trucks there."
Mr. Naidu says, "Let us know the facts before dragging the Army into controversy."
Mr. Roy says, "We agree with the Leader of the Opposition. This has never happened in the history of India. Army vans took charge of toll plazas. No information was given to the State. We are proud of our Army. But the way yesterday the Army was deputed in 19 places without telling the state — where is this provided for in the Constitution? Mamata has been protesting demonetisation. They want to create panic in Bengal."
Mr. Naidu says that the exercise happened last year too. ''And that it is happening in the Northeast''.
Ruckus ensues.
Today's list of business
Rajya Sabha
- The Compulsory Health Insurance for Senior Citizens, Mentally Retarded Children and Disabled Persons Bill, 2016
- The Youth (Eradication of Unemployment and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 2016
- The Water Conservation Authority of India Bill, 2016
- The High Courts (Use of Official Languages) Bill, 2016
- The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Insertion of new article 21B)
- The Women Welfare Bill, 2016
- The Women Workers (Equal Pay and Welfare) Bill, 2016
- The Women (Reservation in Services) Bill, 2016
- The Tea Workers' (Welfare and Special Provisions) Bill, 2016
- The Inter-State River Water Authority Bill, 2016
- The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of articles 109,117, 198 and 207)
- The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of articles 102 and 191)
- The Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016
- The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Amendment of article 324)
- The Compulsory Gender Sensitisation Curriculum in Educational Institutions Bill, 2014
- The Farmers of Arid and Desert Areas (Welfare and Other Special Provisions) Bill, 2014
- The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of the Eighth Schedule)
- The Population Stabilization Bill, 2012
- The Medical Consultancy and Other Services (Rationalisation of Fees) Bill, 2013
- Discussion on demonetisation of currency
- The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014
- The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014
- The Employee's Compensation (Amendment) Bill, 2016
Lok Sabha
- The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016
- The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016
- The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016
Source: The Hindu

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