Live: Modi seeks cooperation, Opposition wants no-trust motion

In this Session, the government wants to replace six Ordinances with Bills.

The monsoon session of parliament began on Wednesday and the government is likely to face two crucial challenges.  The Rajya Sabha must elect a Deputy Chairperson as P.J. Kurien’s tenure has ended last month. In the Lok Sabha, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a former ally of ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is considering to bring a no-trust motion against the government.

The government too has its own agenda — to replace six ordinances with Bills, and introduce three key Bills on dam safety, DNA profiling, and higher education reforms.

Also read: The long list of Bills pending in Parliament

Here are the live updates:

India Post

In Lok Sabha Question Hour continues amid sloganeering.

A member asks if Post Offices will be used for any other allied services, like how it is being used for applying and renewing passports.

MoS for Communication Manoj Sinha says Post Offices are used for other services too.

Whether the revenue deficit of India Post due to e-commerce delivery? Will India Post do anything to tap its rural penetration, Congress member Shashi Tharoor asks.

India Post is tapping rural penetration by pushing India Post Bank, the minister says. We are working on increasing revenue through parcel services, he adds.

A. Sampath, Attingal MP, says India Post is sitting on gold mine. It has lots of land that is being encroached by vested people. Will the ministry take up the issue, he asks.

 

Chairperson M. Venkaiah Naidu informs the House that members can speak in any of the 22 schduled languages. "I encourage members to speak in their mother tongue," Mr. Naidu says.

He goes on to say this in several languages including Bengali, Kannada, Telugu, Gujarati, Tamil and Malayalam, and gives a word of caution. This is a new arrangement , there may be some short comings, so please bear in mind, Mr. Naidu says.

Nominated member Subramanian Swamy suggests the vocabulary should have more Sanskrit words, to which some members object to it.

Nuclear plants and environment concerns

The second question during Question Hour is on nuclear power plants. A member wants to know if the government is taking any steps to employ local people in such power plants, especially those who are affected due to the plant.

MoS Jithendra Singh says local people are given preferences in such projects. In Jaitapur, Rs. 5 lakh is being provided as job compensation.

Rahul Ramesh Shivalay asks if environmental concerns are addressed and monitored in places where nuclear plants are set up. The appraisal of environmental concerns is mandatory for every five years, says the minister.

Wi-fi in Lok Sabha

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announces the House that the premises now has wi-fi services and members can utilise the facility. This will enable us to go paperless, the Speaker says.

She proceeds to Question Hour. Questions on monsoon prediction is being taken up. Opposition members rise slogans.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan reads obituary reference. Former members Bahadur Singh, Sanat Kumar Mandal, and Kandala Subrahmanyam passed away recently. The Speaker also condoles the deaths of several Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan.

Chairperson of Rajya Sabha, M. Venkaiah Naidu, reads the obituary reference. Former members Vishwasrao Ramrao Patil, Mohammed Amin, Ashok Mitra, Balkavi Bairagi, Kameshwar Paswan, Shantaram Naik, Surinder Kumar Singla and M.M. Jacob passed away recently.

Both Houses convene. New members are taking oath.

In Rajya Sabha, Kerala member Binoy Viswom and nominated member Raghunath Mohapatra took oath in their mother tongue Malayalam and Odiya. The Rajya Sabha now allows members to speak in any of the 22 scheduled languages.

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Adjournment notice

A Sampath, CPI(M) member has given an adjournment notice in Lok Sabha for a debate on mob lynching. The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the government to frame a separate law to tackle lynching after nearly 40 people lost their lives since 2015 due to mob violence.

New members

Four members will be taking oath as Lok Sabha members today. They are M.Y Kukade from Bhandara-Gondiya, Rajendra Gavit from Palghar, Tokheho from Nagaland, and Tabassum Begum from Kairana.

Twenty-five members including Elamaram Kareem, Jose K. Mani, Binoy Viswom and four nominated members will be taking oath as members of Rajya Sabha.

PM seeks cooperation while Opposition wants no trust motion

Hand-in-hand: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, and others after an all-party meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Hand-in-hand: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, and others after an all-party meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.
 
| Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

 

Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought the cooperation of all parties for the smooth functioning of Parliament, and told an all-party meeting that issues raised by the Opposition gave the government an opportunity to re-evaluate its policy decisions.

But soon after the meeting, the Congress announced that over a dozen parties are keen on bringing a no-confidence motion against the Modi government.

Beginning Wednesday, the monsoon session will have 18 working days before ending on August 10. And the government has listed as many as 45 Bills, including pending Bills for introduction and passage.

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