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Parliament Updates: Opposition targets Centre over farm laws; legislations give freedom to farmers, says MoS Agriculture

Parliament Updates: MoS Agriculture Kailash Choudhary also claimed that the Modi government has significantly hiked the MSP on all crops and increased the agriculture budget

FP Staff February 10, 2021 00:28:59 IST
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Parliament Updates: Opposition targets Centre over farm laws; legislations give freedom to farmers, says MoS Agriculture

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Those on borders of Delhi are not farmers but Left leaders: BJP MP

While continuing to debate on the Motion of Thanks in Lower House, Ramesh Bidhuri of BJP said that those who are on the borders of Delhi are not farmers but Left leaders, reports The Hindu.

"The villagers of those areas are not striking.  Rakesh Tikait had earlier welcomed reforms. Just as Ravan first deceived and abducted Sitaji, so are our people being deceived otherwise how could this strike be done? Please look at your leader (Rahul Gandhi) does not respect the chair of PM and came and fell on Modi ji," he said.

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Feb 10, 2021 - 00:23 (IST)

BJP MP from Ladakh lauds Modi govt

BJP MP from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for facing various challenges like COVID crisis and Galwan clash. He lauds the Modi govt for increasing the budget for the Ladakh council. He also listed achievements in the education sector. He thanked the government for providing tele-medicine in remote areas. He also lauds Modi government for increasing telecommunication facilities. He listed various other developments in the region.

Feb 10, 2021 - 00:06 (IST)

Lok Sabha sitting further extended

The sitting time for the Lok Sabha has been further extended till all the Members on the list of speakers have made their statements. The House is discussing the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address.

Feb 09, 2021 - 23:45 (IST)

Centre's farm laws have given freedom to farmers, says MoS Agriculture

Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary tells Lok Sabha that the Modi government has increased the agri budget from  Rs 22,000 crore under UPA to Rs 1.24 lakh crore, as per India Today. Over Rs 75,000 crore are transferred directly to farmers under Modi rule, he claims. He also claimed that the Modi government has significantly hiked the MSP on all crops, he claimed. He also said that the number of eNam mandis has been increased during the pandemic. He mentioned that farm laws are being referred to as black laws and according to Hindustan Times, claimed that the election manifesto of Congress in 2019 also promised similar reforms.

He said that he is also a farmer and wondered why he couldn't sell his produce outside the mandi. Why were farmers not given freedom, he asks and asserts that the farm laws give freedom to farmers. He also said the farmers wont have to pay tax. Amid protests from Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, the minister alleged that people were being misled. He sought to know which provision of the law was in need of amendment.

Choudhary said that the protests are not subsiding even though the government had already agreed to farmers' primary demands of shifting disputes from SDM courts to civil courts, stubble burning and electricity.

Feb 09, 2021 - 23:07 (IST)

Karti Chidambaram criticises President's address

Karti Chidambaram, participating in the debate on Motion of Thanks for President's address, said "I am more concerned about what was not said rather than what was said. It was a mundane exercising in rehashing in a long slew of govt talking points." The farm laws which are seeing protests were not addressed, he says. India's response to COVID-19 is among the worst in the word, he says citing results of survey by an Australian Institute. The govt responds to tweets by international pop stars must respond to this survey, he says. He speaks about rising inequality , unemployment  and falling workforce participation rates of women. The Congress leader says the Global Hunger Index puts us at 94, well below our neighbours and smaller economy. he also talks about India;s ranks on the World Freedom Index and says that India is the capital of internet shutdowns.

"Failure to recognise what is happening is a great disappointment," he says.

Feb 09, 2021 - 22:45 (IST)

BJP MP moves Breach of Privilege motion against Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

BJP MP from Odisha Aparajitha Sarangi lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "leading from the front in the battle against COVID-19". BJP's PP Chaudhary says he has moved Breach of Privilege motion against Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for the use of the term 'persona non grata' while referring to Greta Thunberg. The notice is under consideration of the Speaker, says NK Premachandran, who is in the Chair.

Feb 09, 2021 - 22:36 (IST)

Govt should resolve farmers issue, says JMM MP

JMM's Vijay Kumar Hansdak says the farmers issue is not about the govt-Opposition and the government should resolve this issue. He raises the issue of reservations. Handak says that public sector institutions are the backbone of the country and alleges that the govt is privatising the entire country. According to the Hindustan Times, Hansdak said that privatisation will affect employment generation and also the upliftment of those belonging to lower socioeconomic strata.

Feb 09, 2021 - 22:03 (IST)

Commotion over Ravneet Singh Bittu's claims

House witnesses commotion over Ravneet Singh Bittu's remarks. Not every person in the agitation is Khalistani, terrorist, he says. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi says that Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said BJP was behind the Republic Day violence while Bittu is naming Yogendra Yadav among other for the violence. Joshi alleges that Bittu is misleading people of the country. 

Feb 09, 2021 - 21:49 (IST)

Ravneet Singh Bittu, Anurag Thakur spar over farm laws

Congress MP from Punjab Ravneet Singh Bittu speaks about farm laws. Objections raised when Bittu claims laws say mandi system will be done away with. BJP's Anurag Thakur alleges leaders like these are misleading the public . "Where is it mentioned in laws that madis will be closed? Nowehere does it say that mandis will be scrapped.They first misled Punjab farmers and now are misleading the country, he says. NK Premchandran who is in the chair keeps requesting Bittu not to yield to questions. Unparliamentary and objectionable comments will be exounged says Premchandran and asks minister not interrupt Bittu. 

Feb 09, 2021 - 21:36 (IST)

Lok Sabha session extended till midnight

Feb 09, 2021 - 21:24 (IST)

Let go of ego and repeal fam laws, RSP MP tells Govt

RSP's NK Premchandram declares his party's solidarity with agitating farmers and says country is receiving big criticism in international for, especially from intelligentsia. Inclusive governance not there in NDA govt, it is not taking Parliament and Opposition into confidence, he alleges. Why doesn't govt repeal the bill and then discuss the issues in Parliament. The govts political ego is dominating he says and cautions the govt. Let go of ego and repeal fam laws, the RSP MP told the government.

Parliament Updates: Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary claimed that the Modi government has significantly hiked the MSP on all crops and asserted that the farm laws give freedom to farmers.

As per reports, Choudhary said that the protests are not subsiding even though the government had already agreed to farmers' primary demands of shifting disputes from SDM courts to civil courts, stubble burning and electricity.

Karti Chidambaram, participating in the debate on Motion of Thanks for President's address, said "I am more concerned about what was not said rather than what was said. It was a mundane exercising in rehashing in a long slew of govt talking points." The Congress leader said India's response to COVID-19 is among the worst in the word,  citing results of survey by an Australian Institute. The govt responds to tweets by international pop stars, teen activists and it must respond to this survey, he said.

Congress MP from Punjab Ravneet Singh Bittu  spoke about the farm laws in the Lok Sabha. Objections are raised when Bittu claims law says mandi system will be done away with. BJP's Anurag Thakur alleges leaders like these are misleading the public . "Where is it mentioned in laws that madis will be closed? Nowehere does it say that mandis will be scrapped.They first misled Punjab farmers and now are misleading the country, he alleges.

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi targets Centre over China issue, says China has entered Nathu La and questions PM's silence. "China is entering into Nathu La, Sikkim. What's the government, especially PM, scared of? China is capturing India's land and prime minister doesn't utter China's name."

He said that the farm laws violate the federal stricture. "You'll have to repeal the laws and let go of your ego," he said.

BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi defends farm laws , says they were brought in to end farmers suicides in India. According to reports, Meenakshi Lekhi says that the fact that the world is now discussing the protest going on in India in the name of farmers instead of the Wuhan virus proves that there is stealth warfare going on against India.

Opposition members including, SAD's Harsimrat Kaur and RLP's Hanumal Beniwal target the Centre over the farm laws and farmers agitations.

Over 6.76 lakh Indians gave up Indian nationality between 2015 and 2019 and took up citizenship of other countries, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

The Delhi Police had acted swiftly and in an impartial and fair manner while dealing with the 2020 northeast Delhi riots, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

SP MP Akhilesh Yadav in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday claimed that the promise of MSP is only good in speeches, not in ground reality, which is why the farmers are agitating on the streets.

Speaking about the farmers' issue in Lok Sabha, Farooq Abdullah of National Conference said, "It's not a religious scripture that changes can't be made. If they (farmers) want it to be repealed, why can't you talk to them? I request that let's not stand on prestige."

While continuing to debate on the Motion of Thanks in Lower House, Ramesh Bidhuri of BJP said that those who are on the borders of Delhi are not farmers but Left leaders, reports The Hindu.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha urged the government to issue a clarification on VK Singh's statement in which he said Indian troops have transgressed LAC over 50 times. China has termed the statement 'unwitting confession

After Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah is briefing Lok Sabha on the tragedy that struck Uttarakhand on Sunday.

Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Manish Tewari told reporters that the Repealing and Amendment Bill 2021 will be moved in the Lower House by a group of party MPs from Punjab including himself, Preneet Kaur, Jasbir Singh Gill and Santokh Chaudhary.

More than 50 lakh healthcare and frontline workers have been vaccinated against coronavirus in 21 days in India which is the fastest rate in the world, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday

The union home minister in Rajya Sabha confirmed that 20 people died in Uttarakhand due to flash floods as of Monday 5 pm and 197 people were still missing.

Attributing his success to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in his retirement speech expressed gratitude to Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi to give him the opportunity to work under the Congress.

Addressing the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said he will sum his experience in the Parliament in a few couplets.

An emotional prime minister on Tuesday expressed his gratitude to retiring member Ghulam Nabi Azad for 'always prioritising the prosperity of country first'.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the prime minister said, it was Azad’s proposal to call an all-party meet to fight the crisis as one nation.

"Today, we bid farewell to four colleagues from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir - Mir Mohammad Fayaz, Shamsher Singh, retiring on 10 February; Ghulam Nabi Azad and Nazir Ahmad Laway, retiring on 15 February," said Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu.

The MoS Finance said the RBI does not have a legal framework to regulate crypto currencies to a question on regulation of Bitcoins.

"The existing laws are inadequate. Inter-Ministerial Committee has given a report, the empowered technology group has met, the Cabinet Secretary has given a report, a Bill to regulate cryptocurrency is being finalised and will be sent to the Cabinet soon," he said.

The home minister is expected to make a suo motu statement at 11.30 am on the Uttarakhand disaster. Over 500 rescue personnel from state, disaster and defence forces are racing against time to rescue the 34 workers believed trapped inside a 1.6-km-long debris-filled tunnel of the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project.

Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to move the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020, in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The bill seeks to provide for regulation, operation and planning of major ports Ports in India.

Four Opposition parties — DMK, CPI, AAP and Shiv Sena have given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 over 'the plight of protesting farmers in Delhi', reported ANI.

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri to move that the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021, be taken into consideration.

Lok Sabha resumed normal functioning Monday after a week-long disruption over the three Central farm laws following an appeal by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh that it was a duty of every member to maintain the tradition of passing the Motion of Thanks to President's address.

After the House convened at 5 pm, Singh said the tradition of thanking the President has been continuing for long and it should not be broken in a healthy democracy.

He also said that Rajya Sabha has already passed the Motion of Thanks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reply and "I appeal to members not to break this tradition in the Lok Sabha".

Singh said that members are free to speak on farm laws during the discussion on the Motion of Thanks.

Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury too said that this tradition has been continuing since 1921 and should not be broken.

"Our demand was to discuss the issue of farmers who have been sitting in the cold on the borders of Delhi in protest against farm laws. It is regrettable that they are being stopped from entering the capital by sharp nails and barbed wires," he said referring to the reinforced barricading at the farmers' protest sites.

He said the Opposition wanted an assurance from the government for a standalone discussion on the farmers' issue either after the debate on Motion of Thanks or after the discussion on Budget.

Speaker Om Birla also appealed to the members to allow the House to function and not indulge in sloganeering.

The House was repeatedly disrupted by the Opposition members from 2 February over the three farm laws which was passed by Parliament in September last year.

Earlier Birla had called a meeting of leaders of different political parties to break the impasse in the House.

In the meeting, an agreement was reached to resume its normal functioning with Singh making an appeal to start the debate on President's address.

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