The Lok Sabha will take up The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021 and The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021 as we speak.
On Thursday, The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha undertook dialogue on varied points, together with queries round roads and infrastructure, the brand new car scrappage coverage, and the Modi govt’s document in coping with dissent. The Rajya Sabha passed the Insurance Amendment Bill 2021 that will increase the utmost international funding allowed in an insurance coverage firm from 49% to 74%, amid criticism from the Opposition events on the clause enabling “control and ownership” by international buyers.
The first half of the Budget Session of Parliament, which commenced with the handle of President Ram Nath Kovind on January 29, concluded on February 29. The second half of the Budget Session started March 7.
Here are the most recent updates:
Lok Sabha | 1.15 pm
Vinayak B. Raut, Shiv Sena: “The mining sector is the most important sector for country but unfortunately it is full of irregularities. As a result, States lose revenue. That’s why the sector needs regulations. Few years ago, mining in Goa was so severe that sea water started coming in and that’s when the State Government stopped mining.”
Pinaki Misra of Biju Janata Dal thanks the minister for appreciating the Odisha authorities. He says Odisha produced 74 % of nation’s iron ore manufacturing. “We are hoping to double coal and iron ore production in the next 5 years. Some of these amendments proposed in this bill are long overdue. I am going to flag some of the issues that the State government made.”
Mr. Misra flags a priority in regards to the definition of dispatch to forestall misuse. He flagged some of the sections that give the Centre unbridled powers and says they need to be used sparingly.
Rajya Sabha | 1.00 pm
RS adjourned until 2.30 pm.
Lok Sabha | 12.45 pm
Congress MP from Meghalaya, Vincent Pala cites a 2019 Supreme Court order about land and mines belonging to tribals and calls for that the invoice be exempt to Sixth Schedule Areas.
Mr. Pala says the invoice proposes to remove the rights of the land of the State Governments like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bengal the place the BJP will not be in energy. He asks why is the invoice being amended yearly. “Either the ministry is not competent or there is a strong lobby, that’s why I oppose the bill. I know the purpose is because the government is desperate attempt to get cash.”
BJP MP from Jharkhand Sunil Kumar Singh says, “Vincent Pala asked why the bill was changed every year. Because their economy was functioning under ABCD – Avoid, Bypass, Confuse and Delay. This bill is essential for reaching $5 trillion dollar economy.”
Rajya Sabha | 12.30 pm
Mr. Goyal says: “Passengers don’t want to use linen and are carrying their food on their own, some contractual workers were affected due to COVID-19. We asked contractors to not sack employees, we compensated them, the pace has increased so much now that double the people have joined back work.”
MoS Agriculture Parshottam Rupala: “If a farmer wants to move to organic farming, then there is a provision that a farmer will get ₹ 31,000/per two hectares.”
Railway minister Piyush Goyal: “The facade of Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai will not be changed, we have developed a station under PPP mode, a private person has invested ₹ 100 crore, they will raise the money in 30 years after which it will be handed over to Railways. At Chatrapati Shivaji if entry and exit are segregated, then it will benefit passengers.”
“Pune included in station redevelopment plan. CSMT development does not impact the heritage side of the station.”
Neeraj Dangi of Congress asks on what foundation stations are chosen to be developed below PPP mannequin?
Mr. Goyal says: “Footfall is the biggest indicator. we do not overlook other stations, railways provide amenities there, some stations developed that are important from religious point of view. Station like Amritsar, not everyone will come by train, but will have to beautify due to its importance.”
P. Bhattacharya of Congress says: “No competition held for redevelopment of the stations, you just said you are developing it? Why the contradiction?”
Mr. Goyal says: “IRCTC is a joint venture, 50% owned by Railways, they organised the design competition for Nagpur, Gwalior. Parcel service flourished once in railways. we revived it, did video conference with courier companies, asked MSMEs to use the railway service, we have started special trains for parcel service. Our freight speed has doubled, now trains are punctual.”
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, MoS Rural growth: “2.95 crore houses to be built by 2022 under PM Aawas Yojana. ₹ 1.2 lakh credited directly to beneficiaries, no provision of loan. In the past four years, only 1.31 crore houses built under PM Awas Yojana, minister says elections in States delays the construction of the houses.”
Sanjay Singh of AAP says India ranked 94 in starvation index in 2020. Government mentioned it has improved, since rating in 2019 was 102.
MoS Agriculture Purshottam Rupala says: “Some NGO in the world does the survey, we have asked on what basis have you reached this conclusion? Whenever a dog gives birth in our village, even though it bites, we provide them food. in a country where such tradition exists, and an NGO comes and gives such report, no need to pay attention to such reports. 5 lakh 59 tonne buffer stock, there is no problem of food shortage. As far as these surveys are concerned, strong children are also accounted in these surveys, there should be awareness in society, our dynamic minister Smriti ji has started a jan andolan, 13 crore events were done.”
MoS Rupala says: “Some perishable food is wasted, that is why funds allocated for harvesting management.”
Lok Sabha | 12.15 pm
Mines and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill, 2021 moved
Pralhad Joshi strikes the Mines and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
Mr. Joshi says India has the potential like South Africa and Australia, “but we are considerably lower.”
Mining sector is one of the largest employment turbines, he says. “This sector is under explored.”
Mr. Joshi says that we consider in ‘reform and remodel’ and that we purpose at unshackling the mining sector to generate employment. “Around 55 lakh direct and indirect employment are expected to be generated by these reforms. We will allow private sector into exploration. This is to enhance mining activity.”
Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi says captive mines can promote above 50% of their produce.
Mr. Joshi explains the assorted provisions of the proposed amendments of the Mines and Minerals Development Bill. He mentioned many of the proposals have come from many State governments.
Mr. Joshi talks in regards to the lacuna within the definition of mining operations. “Now, there will be clarity in the language to mean production and dispatch within two years of allocation of mines. Today is the most remarkable day in the country’s mining sector as we are unshackling the sector.”
Lok Sabha | 12.10 pm
Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 approved by Lok Sabha
Papers being laid on the ground of House.
Consideration of Rajya Sabha amendments to Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 taken up.
The Bill, as amended by the Rajya Sabha, is approved by the Lok Sabha.
Rajya Sabha | 12.05 pm
Question Hour begins within the Rajya Sabha.
Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress says there was a proposal to merge three divisions of Gulbarga in Karnataka.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, responding to Mr. Kharge, says, “Railway Board studies the proposals. Practical viewpoint is to be taken. We will discuss in detail with Leader of Opposition Kharge ji.”
Mr. Goyal says: “Modern train is the need of the day, under PM Modi ji railways has got historical investment, if a road is built, then everyone uses it, similarly if a pipeline is built by GAIL and they only use it, it will be misused. Similarly if new rail tracks are laid and private people are invited and encouraged to operate there, it will be run by loco pilots, there will be caterers, so it will generate employment and not lead to job losses.
Zafar-ul-Islam of BJP seeks to know about level of participation of private players in laying down railway tracks, specially in UP.
Mr. Goyal says identified seven routes dedicated to semi high speed passenger corridors, we are talking to State governments, UP government is cooperating on Delhi-Varanasi route, mostly elevated along the highways.
Asset monetisation is a mask for privatisation: Jairam Ramesh
Jairam Ramesh of Congress says: “Two days in the past he mentioned no plan to privatise railways, now he says asset monetisation. Asset monetisation is a masks for privatisation.”
Mr. Goyal says: “When you privatise, you dump the belongings completely, the plan is monetise is in phrases of the way it will generate assets, additional funding and progress, the infrastructure of Indian Railways won’t ever be privatised, devoted freight hall is a separate company entity, railway is supporting them, railways does not personal the tracks, if we increase funds by giving them out to non-public sector to be used, we’re doing a service for the nation, that may give us cash.”
BJP’s Jyotiraditya Scindia says that 700 railway staff died due to COVID-19, asks if any help was done to their families.
Mr. Goyal says: “Seventh pay fee has been applied, compensation quantity has elevated resulting from it. WB has not applied seventh pay fee. Whoever is eligible, one member of the family is appointed on compassionate grounds.”
Fauzia Khan of NCP says over 19,000 coolies, badly impacted by COVID-19.
Lok Sabha | 12 pm
Congress MP Ravneet Bittu asks if COVID-19 vaccines affect the DNA of our future generations and says there are a lot of apprehensions.
Dr. Vardhan talks about vaccine-preventable diseaes and how many viruses have been eliminated.
“When a vaccine is given the ultimate go forward, quite a bit of trials are performed and knowledge is analysed not simply within the nation but in addition on the stage of the WHO. 0.000432% of negative effects are seen for COVID-19 vaccine. The knowledge must be believed. I wish to inform the residents, have no apprehensions,” says the Health Minister.
Supriya Sule asks by when the government will allow universal vaccination.
The Minister responds that every vaccine doesn’t require universalisation. “The National Expert Group for Vaccination Administration decides, on scientific foundation, whether or not it’s vital that every individual ought to be given the vaccine.”
Rajya Sabha | 12 pm
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on an issue raised by Vivek Tankha of Congress earlier, says, “he raised an essential challenge relating to spinal muscular atrophy illnesses suffered by kids. He mentioned there was just one medication, which is imported and the tax part on it’s Rs. 7 crore. It will not be right, all medicine imported for private use are exempted from customs obligation. Therefore, it’s entitled to concession. They attact 5% GST, which on this case is Rs. 80 lakh. The GST council has granted powers to the Finance Minister to grant exemption on an ad-hoc foundation. These options are then positioned in entrance of the council.”
Akhilesh Prasad Singh of Congress says the price of LPG cylinders has increased by Rs. 225 in past three months. “Gas subsidy has additionally not been obtained by individuals.”
Lok Sabha | 11.45 am
Ashok M. Nete, BJP MP, asks about health services in remote and tribal areas like Gadchiroli.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan replies with details of the steps taken to strengthen health infrastructure including medical colleges in aspirational districts. He informs the House that the Centre assists State governments to strengthen health infrastructure.
He says MPs should evaluate the shortcomings in primary health services under their constituencies and if there are shortcomings, they can ask for strengthening them by sending a proposal to the Centre through State governments.
Mr. Nete asks if there are plans to set up a medical college in Gadchiroli. The Minister informs the House that 157 medical colleges are at various stages of development in the past six years.
“The National Medical Commission is inspecting the place new medical faculties ought to be arrange. If future proposals come from State governments, they are going to be evaluated. But at this second, we won’t make a remark about organising new medical faculty,” he says.
BJP MP Maneka Gandhi says Thalassemia has been recognised as a disability and asks the Minister about specific steps taken in terms of free blood bank etc., for Thalassemic patients.
The Minister replies that screening of such patients, counseling at the stage of conception, and bone marrow transplants are ongoing. He says since bone marrow transplant is expensive, the Centre suggests that State governments should bear half the cost while the Centre will bear the other half.
Dr. Vardhan also speaks about corporates pitching in for bone marrow transplants.
Ms. Gandhi suggests bringing thalassemic patients under the Atal Amrit Abhiyan. She says there is no point in talking about corporates as “they do nothing”.
The Minister replies that thalassemic patients are provided free blood. He talks about corporates with regard to bone marrow transplants. He also seeks specific suggestions from Ms. Gandhi.
Rajya Sabha | 11.45 am
Subhash Chandra Singh of BJD speaks in Odiya.
Hardwar Dubey of BJP says, “lakhs of vacationers come to see Taj Mahal in Agra, Mathura and Bharatpur.”
Priyanka Chaturvedi of Shiv Sena says, “the rules for comorbidities doesn’t embody bronchial asthma and weight problems. To guarantee extra individuals over 45 years of age may very well be vaccinated, these ought to be included. Many sadhus, friends should not have papers, they need to be prioritised for vaccines.”
Fauzia Khan of NCP says, “prepare routes in Marathawada ought to be expanded.”
Chaya Verma of Congress says, “Centre is delaying chilly chain services for Chattisgarh.”
Jugalsingh Mathurji Lokhandwala of BJP says, “1,700 crore litre of milk produced within the nation, and a big amount is adulterated.”
Lok Sabha | 11.30 am
Mr. Javadekar talks about steps like efforts to move to BS VI emissions norms and the move to electric vehicles. “3,000 industries switched to piped pure gasoline; 3,000 brick kilns had been fitted with Zig Zag know-how,” he says.
The Minister says, “in contrast with earlier years, the emission norms have come down.”
Some people in Delhi are giving ads in newspaper about reduced pollution when they had nothing to do with it, he says. “PM Modi had introduced clear air know-how plan for the subsequent 5 years from the Red Fort final 12 months.”
Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan, replying to a question on land slides, talks about mapping 4.25 lakh square kms of land. He says 50% of the job is done.
On the question of shifting people who are vulnerable to landslide, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said the information collected by Geological Survey of India is passed on to State governments.
Rajya Sabha | 11.30 am
Bhupender Yadav of BJP says, “Article 21 of the Constitution says no individual ought to be disadvantaged of private liberty. Telegraph Act says telephones can’t be tapped illegally. I wish to increase the Rajasthan challenge, the place the telephones of Ministers and BJP leaders had been tapped.”
Chairman Naidu asks him not to blame anyone.
Mr. Yadav continues, “residents telephones are being tapped”.
The Chairman says any mention about any State government will not go on record.
Mr. Yadav says, “6 crore individuals of Rajasthan, the individuals, the disgruntled leaders of Congress, their rights had been violated.”
Thumping of desks by the Treasury benches.
Mr. Yadav demands protection to such people.
No allegation against any government, State or Central, or party will go on record, Mr. Naidu says.
“Mr. Yadav was additionally mentioning an incident. Don’t present allegations and counter allegations on TV, do not pressure your self,” the Chairman says.
Mamata Mohanta of BJD speaks in Odiya.
A.D Singh of RJD says there is immense pressure on the judiciary in Bihar due to unintended implication of prohibition. “5,600 instances are pending within the HC for bail, and all are associated to prohibition,” he says. “Regular instances shouldn’t be delayed resulting from prohibition instances,” Mr. Singh says
Lok Sabha | 11.20 am
YSRCP MP P.V. Midhun Reddy asks if the government has a mechanism to control forest fires and flash floods.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar says the government has very good mechanism that can send out a message. He cites the examples of controlling the fire in Manipur Nagaland border, Assam and Nagaland. “Even in Simplipal, it was contained early,” he says.
Mr. Reddy asks about carbon emissions to which the Minister replies that India is way below other countries like China.
Ajay Kumar Misra Teni of BJP asks the government’s plans on afforestation and whether help is being taken from different agencies. Mr. Javadekar responds that the Ministry is always working with different agencies.
Riteish Pandey of Bahujan Samaj Party asks about the lack of funds in fighting climate change.
Mr. Javadekar asserts that there is no shortage of funds. “The challenge will not be of funds however the common problem of local weather change,” he says.
Rajeev Pratap Rudy asks a question on air pollution. He says, “I’m apprehensive about individuals like Prakash Javadekar, Meenakshi Lekhi or Rajnath Singh as air high quality in India is hazardous.”
Mr. Rudy asks the government for creative solutions to tackle the problem of air pollution, “that declare extra lives than COVID-19”.
Since he speaks for a considerable time, Meenakshi Lekhi, who is on the chair, asks him to ask a question.
Rajya Sabha | 11.20 am
Zero Hour begins in the Upper House
Om Prakash Mathur of the BJP speaks about a dam built in 1957 in Rajasthan.
Rajeev Satav, of the Congress asks, “When authorities can conduct animal and tree Census, why not conduct Census of OBCs?”
GVL Narasimha Rao of the BJP says that 56 containers of chilli is stuck at the Colombo port.
Sujeet Kumar of BJD speaks about cancer affecting 6 lakh people annually. “It disproportionately impacts decrease revenue teams. There is an pressing have to decrease the value of most cancers saving medicine,” he says.
Seema Dwivedi of the BJP says many students and teachers affected due to COVID-19.
Lok Sabha | 11 am
Question Hour begins in the Lok Sabha.
B. Mahtab of Biju Janata Dal asks a question about duty imposed on Cotton and its impacts on farmers.
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani informs the House about the steps taken by the government to help cotton farmers in terms of minimum support price and other measures. Specifically with regard to duty, she says the matter has been forwarded to the Finance Ministry after taking feedback from stakeholders.
Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla talks about how the textile industry mmoved out of Punjab after 1984 and the steps taken to revive it. Ms. Irani responds that textile industry didn’t get the support it needed in the 10 years of the UPA.
Rajeev Ranjan Singh (Lalan) of JD-U asks about the promotion of Bhagalpur silk. Ms. Irani lists the steps taken by the Centre along with the Handloom and Handicraft departments, and the State governments.
Rajya Sabha | 11 am
Rajya Sabha proceedings begin.
Parliamentary Standing Committee report on ministries of Health and Family Welfare, Energy, Food and Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Water Resources tabled in the House.
Minister V. Muraleedharan reads out the list of business for the next week. Working of various ministries will be discussed, demands for grants 2021-22 will be taken up, and there will be a discussion on the budget of Union Territory of J&K and Puducherry, 2020-21.
National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 will also to be discussed.
Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu appeals to all the Members to be extra careful due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. “Be cautious whereas interacting with individuals,” he says.
The Rajya Sabha may have the next discussions:
Discussion on the working of the Ministry of Tourism
Discussion on the working of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries
Discussion on the working of the ministries of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Rural Development
Discussion on the working of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Consideration of Rajya Sabha Amendments
Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020
Bills for consideration and passing
The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021
The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021