Parliament Day 12 highlights: Demonetisation has led to squeezing of terror funds, says Arun Jaitley

Parliament Day 12 highlights: Demonetisation has led to squeezing of terror funds, says Arun Jaitley
  • 19:32 (IST)

    Lok Sabha is adjourned for the day till 11 am on Wednesday

  • 19:23 (IST)

    The Demands for Supplementary Grants bill is passed 

  • 19:18 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha is adjourned for the day till 11 am on Wednesday

  • 19:10 (IST)

    Nature of products have not changed, methodology of taxation has changed, says Jaitley

    "Now you are paying the same tax once instead of twice. Excise was always embedded in the cost, the trader never told you about the taxation at the level of manufacturing," says Arun Jaitley. Jaitley adds GST seems more because today it is separately given, the CGST is the embedded cost.

    The next meeting of GST council on 5 August will finalise machinery for implementing anti-profiteering provisions, says the finance minister.

  • 19:04 (IST)

    The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 is passed

  • 18:52 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley says demonetisation has led to squeezing of terror funds

    Finance minister Arun Jaitley says demonetisation has led to squeezing of terror funds, including in Jammu and Kashmir. 

    "In 2008 to 2010 we saw thousands of stone pelters on streets. In last few months, there have not been more than 25-50 or 100 stone pelters on the streets. There is one reason, terror funding has been squeezed," said Jaitley, while replying to a debate on supplementary demand for grants in the Lok Sabha. 

    He said as a result of demonetisation, terrorists were forced to rob banks for money, and Uttar Pradesh resident Sandeep Sharma, who was arrested for being a member of an LeT module in south Kashmir, was a welder and thus used to break open bank lockers. (with inputs from IANS)

  • 18:31 (IST)

    UPA govt had left the govt in a near double digit debt situation, says Arun Jaitley

    Finance minister Arun Jaitley says fiscal deficit of states have improved over the last couple of years and he can assure that it will improve further.

  • 18:18 (IST)

    Primary school teachers should not be allowed to participate in a political rally: Roopa Ganguly

  • 18:11 (IST)

    BJP should be rechristened Bharatiya Jumla Party, says Jairam Ramesh

  • 17:59 (IST)

    Apparently putting in NOTA option in RS violates very principle that is the election shall be to proportionate system, says Anand Sharma

  • 17:44 (IST)

    BJP's Prabhakar Kore calls for teacher's accountability in Rajya Sabha

  • 17:39 (IST)

    Sikkim's Prem Das Rai says Centre has to help the state bounce back

    Prem Das Rai says, "We have been sandwiched between Sikkim standoff and Gorkhaland agitation. In the last 45 days, one lakh hotel reservations have been cancelled and we are facing huge economic loss. We would like to know if an insurance fund can be created to help in case any disaster hits us considering we are facing an all time economic low.'

  • 17:21 (IST)

    Congress says govt tried to gain pol mileage out of lynching debate

    Congress said that all political parties, barring the BJP, want a stop to the lynching incidents and accused the ruling party of trying to gain "political mileage" out of the issue. Congress member KC Venugopal also accused the government of trying to "justify" such incidents, while referring to the debate on the issue in the Lok Sabha on Monday.- PTI

  • 17:19 (IST)

    Strength of teachers in elementary schools should be improved, says Congress' Viplove Thakur

    There should be separate teachers for separate classes in each class if we wish to improve quality of education, says Congress MP Viplove Thakur from MP. Thakur adds, education minister should first do a survey of what condition the rural schools are in and how do they even get their licenses. The monopoly of English scores over other problems of teachers.

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha has moved the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017

  • 17:09 (IST)

    Congress MP says state should be responsible for quality education

    Congress MP Rahman Khan discusses the RTE Amendment Bill, but discloses first that he is affiliated to a private school. "The burden of educating a child from 6-14 has been shifted from parents to State. Today, it's the state's responsibility to provide quality education and to ensure that not a single child is left out," Khan says.

  • 17:07 (IST)

    Maharashtra Congress leader Rajeev Shankarrao Satav says railways should be made friendly for disabled people

  • 17:04 (IST)

    The discussion continues on Demands for Supplementary Grants in Lok Sabha

  • 16:56 (IST)

    288 honour killing cases reported since 2014, govt tells Lok Sabha

    As many as 288 cases of honour killing were reported between 2014 and 2016, the Lok Sabha was informed.

    Responding to a query in the matter, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir presented the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data related to honour killings for the year 2014, 2015 and 2016.- PTI

  • 16:54 (IST)

    Narendra Jadhav's view on Right to free and compulsory education

  • 16:38 (IST)

    Govt should not be relaxed when it comes to RTE implementation, says Narendra Jadhav

  • 16:32 (IST)

    Education minister Prakash Javadekar talks of Swayam Prabha, schooling through television

  • 16:26 (IST)

    BJP's Ramen Deka requests Centre to find long-term solutions to prevent Assam floods

  • 15:56 (IST)

    LPG subsidy is a burden on people, govt should reverse it, says Sitaram Yechury

  • 15:42 (IST)

    Discussion begins on schooling and mentorship in Rajya Sabha

  • 15:22 (IST)

    Tiruchi Siva brings up the issue of territorial fishing in Rajya Sabha

  • 15:18 (IST)

    35 sedition cases were registered in 2016, govt tells Lok Sabha

    The government today said that 35 sedition cases were registered across the country in 2016.

    Of the 35 cases under sedition charges (Section 124A of IPC), 12 were registered in Haryana, six in Uttar Pradesh, three each in Karnataka and Kerala and two each in Maharashtra, Telangana and Delhi, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the Lok Sabha in response to a question.- PTI

  • 15:14 (IST)

    Trinamool Congress' Sudip Bandopadhyay raises issue of cooperative federalism in Lok Sabha

    We in Bengal have been the victim of regional imbalances and a huge debt trap, says Bandopadhyay. "We were promised special packages and we have been crying for it for long but the Centre has constantly ignored it. Our Kanyasree project is a big, award-winning project and we have already allotted Rs 3,300 crore for it but the Centre refuses to help us for it.

  • 15:08 (IST)

    Deputy chairman raises the point on why catch is small in deep sea fishing

    PJ Kurien says it is interesting to note that fish catch is small compared to other countries and it is time we know how the agriculture minister plans to change it. To this, D Raja says that the government has been ignoring ecosystem loss for long.

  • 14:49 (IST)

    Despite UP's crushing defeat, you still need to ask what's the impact of demonetisation: BJP's Nishikant Dubey

    While defending the governments' move to implement GST and demonetisation, BJP MP from Jharkhand Nishikant Dubey said that the Congress must have learnt about the impact of demonetisation after the defeat in Uttar Pradesh elections. 

  • 14:43 (IST)

    Congress MP KC Venugopal raises demonetisation issue, asks govt to clarify exact impact

  • 14:41 (IST)

    Government withdraws The Participation of Workers in Management Bill, 1990

  • 13:24 (IST)

    BJP MP Kirit Somaiya raises graft charges against Mamata Banerjee, nephew

    BJP MP Kirit Somaiya alleged that one of the shareholder companies reportedly involved in a scam is registered at the address of  the West Bengal chief minister, Times Now reported. 

    The TMC MPs in Lok Sabha took strong objection to the statement and asked the Dy Speaker to expunge the remarks from record as naming a member who is not present in the House to defend themselves is not allowed. 

  • 13:03 (IST)

    No invite to RS Chairman, Dy Chairman, MPs for function; Opposition protests

    The government on Tuesday faced embarrassment in the Rajya Sabha when the Chair passed strictures against it for not inviting Vice President Hamid Ansari for the inauguration of a new annexe complex of Parliament. 
     
     
    A united opposition slammed the government for "insulting" the Upper House by ignoring its presiding officer, who is also the Vice President of India, and the Rajya Sabha MPs at an official function on Monday.
     
     
    Kurien said the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has "already written to the Lok Sabha Secretariat regarding the impropriety of not inviting the Chairman."  

  • 12:30 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

  • 12:20 (IST)

    United Oppn stall RS proceedings protesting LPG price hike

    A united opposition om mondy stalled the pre-noon proceedings in the Rajya Sabha protesting against the government's decision to hike the prices of domestic
    cooking gas (LPG) by Rs 4 per cylinder every month to eliminate all subsidies by next March.

    The issue was raised by Derek O'Brien (TMC) who gave a notice under rule 267 that seeks to set aside business of the day to discuss an important issue.

  • 12:13 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned for 10 minutes

  • 12:11 (IST)

    SP leader Naresh Yadav objects to introducing NOTA in Rajya Sabha polls

  • 12:09 (IST)

    After Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha members demand roll back of decision to drop gas cylinder subsidy

  • 12:06 (IST)

    Govt has no accurate data on illegal migrants: Kiren Rijiju tells Lok Sabha

    Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge questioned the government over the status of illegal migrants in India. He asked that whether any accurate date is available about number of illegal immigrants in the country.

    Responding to this, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said that it was a difficult task o definitely ascertain the number of illegal marginals. 

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Issue of illegal migrants and refugees taken up in Lok Sabha

  • 11:52 (IST)

    BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi asks govt whether it plans to promote cow urine for medicinal purposes

  • 11:49 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12.00 pm

  • 11:31 (IST)

    Sloganeering in Rajya Sabha over withdrawal of LPG subsidy

    Briefly after Rajya Sabha was covenend, TMC MP Derek O'Brien raced the issue of systematic increase in LPG proces by removing subsidy, which triggered chaos in the House. Opposition members started raising slognas in the House, alleging that the government was misleading the people in the name of LPG subsidy. 

    The Centre, on Monday, had ordered State-run oil companies to raise the price of subsidised cooking gas (LPG) by Rs. 4 a cylinder every month to eliminate all subsidies by March next year.

  • 11:28 (IST)

    Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over govt's order to roll back LPG subsidy

    The Opposition members raised slogans, "Band Band karo gareebo ko lootna band karo."

    "What am I to do with you all," Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien asked despondently before adjourning the House for 10 minutes. 

  • 11:26 (IST)

    Question Hour begins in Lok Sabha, MP Asadaduddin Owaisi raises discussion on Aadhaar-based feritiliser distribution systems

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Absenteeism of BJP MPs in Rajya Sabha taken up in BJP Parliamentary meet

    BJP leader Ananth Kumar said that  till Parliament is on all members should be present, adding that the matter will be taken up seriously. CNN-News 18, reported that the BJP national president Amit Shah has also conveyed the displeasure of the prime minister.

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Proceedings of both Houses begin

  • 11:03 (IST)

    Lok Sabha: Recap from Day 11

    The eleventh day of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament saw charges and countercharges flying in the Lok Sabha over the issue of lynchings, with the Congress saying 'Hindustan' should not be allowed to become "lynchistan" and the government accusing the Opposition of enacting a "drama" in the name of secularism. 

    Responding to a debate in Lok Sabha under rule 193 which lasted for around six hours and saw heated exchanges between the treasury and Opposition benches, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju urged members to condemn mob violence while asking the states to act tough.

    The minister also accused the Opposition was trying to gain political mileage over the killings across the country blamed on cow vigilantes. Not satisfied with his response, the Congress, Left, Samajwadi Party and AIMIM members walked out.

  • 11:03 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha: Recap from Day 11

    The Rajya Sabha discussed on a variety of topics ranging from air pollution to minority commission. However, the debate on minority commission bill's amendment got prolonged triggering a bit of ruckus where the two sides failed to reach a conclusion. The government suffered an embarrassment in the Rajya Sabha when it could not ensure passage of the bill to confer constitutional status on the Backward Classes Commission with the opposition succeeding in amending an important provision.

    The house took up the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017, which was earlier passed by the Lok Sabha. But after day-long discussion, Congress members Digvijaya Singh, BK Hariprasad and Hussain Dalwai moved an amendment to clause 3 of the bill seeking to provide for the appointment of all the five members of the commission from the OBC community, including a woman and a person from the minority community.

The Parliament will meet at 11 am on Wednesday on the twelfth day of the Monsoon Session. After seeing the passage of two key bills in Rajya Sabha, the Lok Sabha is likely to debate The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017 on Tuesday.

The Rajya Sabha will discuss The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, apart from taking up the debate on agricultural crisis in India.

An aggressive opposition on Monday accused the Modi government of encouraging cow vigilantes to go for mob lynchings but the Centre argued that law and order needed to be tackled by states.

Responding to a debate in Lok Sabha under rule 193 which lasted for around six hours and saw heated exchanges between the treasury and opposition benches, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju urged members to condemn such incidents and asked states to act tough.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The Minister said the opposition was trying to gain political mileage over the killings across the country blamed on cow vigilantes.

Not satisfied with his response, the Congress, Left, Samajwadi Party and AIMIM members walked out.

"There is a trend of such incidents in the country. Be it any government in the states or at the Centre... the figure remains the same," Rijiju said, citing figures of such reported incidents against Dalits and Muslims in various states over five years.

"Do you want the Prime Minister to break the federal structure and take over the state machinery?" he asked.

Rijiju said the issue was raked up for debate only to target the Modi government's image whose popularity, he added, was increasing not only in the country but outside too.

"Since they have no issue, they try to create issues. Sometimes they rake up the issue of intolerance. Sometimes they organise protests like 'Not in my name'. They raise issues like attack on churches. Now they have come with mob lynching. Three years back corruption was a big issue but this has vanished from the political sphere due to the Prime Minister's stand against it. So they come up with such issues and walk out of the House," he said.

He said whenever mob attacks took place in BJP-ruled states, immediate action was taken.

Initiating the debate, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said: "Hindustan should not become lynchistan." He accused the government of indirectly encouraging cow vigilantes.

"The government should tell the House how many of these cow vigilantes have been punished... How many have been arrested. You disown them but what action has been taken," he asked.

"No action is taken, rather they are encouraged. This government is against Dalits, minorities and women. It is also being done so that your ideology could be enforced all over the country."

Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy demanded a separate law to address mob lynching.

Roy said 97 per cent of the lynchings happened after the Modi government took power. "86 per cent (of the victims) were Muslims. I want to ask members of the ruling party... Do you want a 'Muslim-mukt' Bharat?"

He said such incidents were not being controlled because the BJP leadership was shying away from condemning them.

"It took three day for the Haryana Chief Minister to condemn the incident in Bahadurgarh. The Rajasthan Chief Minister took almost a month to condemn the lynching in Alwar," Roy said.

Biju Janata Dal leader Tathagata Satpathy said the lynchings were killing the rural economy.

BJP's Hukmdev Narayan Yadav called the killings a conspiracy against the government. "These programmes are being run to malign the government... It is important to find out who is behind these attacks."

Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan said it was the duty of states to control killer mobs.

"Do you want the Centre to send the Army to control goons? Even if a law is passed, it will be implemented by the state governments," said the Lok Janshakti Party leader.

The debate was taken up on Monday after a meeting of the Business Advisory Council last week.

The Lok Sabha saw protests and disruptions all through last week as opposition members demanded a debate on the issue, leading even to suspension of six Congress MPs for five days.


Published Date: Aug 01, 2017 06:54 pm | Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 07:33 pm


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