Parliament Updates: Rajya Sabha passes Taxation (Amendment) Bill; Nirmala Sitharaman slams Opposition for 'elitist' jibe against govt

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Parliament Updates: Rajya Sabha passes Taxation (Amendment) Bill; Nirmala Sitharaman slams Opposition for 'elitist' jibe against govt
  • 18:24 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha latest updates

    Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 approved by Upper House

    The Rajya Sabha on Thursday approved the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, moved by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, replacing ordinance used to slash corporate tax rate.

  • 18:21 (IST)

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    Nirmala Sitharaman slams Opposition for 'elitist' criticism against Centre

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slammed the Opposition for calling the Centre's policies regarding the economy, "elitist". Sitharaman's outburst comes amid trolling and criticism for her "I don't eat onion, garlic" remark in the Lok Sabha earlier on Thursday, when asked about the rising prices of onions.

    In the Rajya Sabha, during the debate on the Taxation (Amendment) Bill, she said, "I absolutely condemn the approach of the members calling me elitist. This govt. thinks of the poor much more."

  • 17:47 (IST)

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    Nirmala Sitharaman responds to arguments against Taxation (Amendment) Bill

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman began her arguments in the debate over the Taxation (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha. She broke down the clauses of the amendment and gave details of the government's effort over the legislation.

    Asserting that computer software development, mining, printing of books will not to be treated as manufacturing for lower tax, she said, "Good reforms to boost economy will continue."

  • 17:42 (IST)

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    Nitin Gadkari expresses regret over hurdles in land acquisition for road projects

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed regret in the Lok Sabha on Thursday over hurdles like land acquisition and environment clearance faced by various road projects, saying the country must have a positive approach towards development.

    Gadkari also asked all MPs to remain aware about road projects in their respective constituencies and help in resolving problems coming on the way of constructing roads and bridges. "Everyone says 'stop the work'. No one says 'do the work'. The country has to have a positive approach and attitude towards development projects," he said during the Question Hour.
     
    Describing the process of acquiring land and environment clearance as the major hurdles, the Union road transport and highways minister said environment and development have to go together. "I am pro-environment. But environment and development have to go side by side," he said.

  • 17:15 (IST)

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    I don't eat onions, so don't know market situation: Ashwini Choubey

    Union minister Ashwini Choubey on Thursday reacted to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's statement on the increase in prices of onions. Earlier on Thursday, Sitharaman said in the Lok Sabha that she "doesn't eat onions or garic".

    He said, "I am a vegetarian. I have never tasted an onion. So, how will a person like me know about the situation (market prices) of onions."

  • 16:44 (IST)

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    JD(U) says Taxation Bill is 'messed up'

    Ram Chandra Singh of the JD(U), asserting that action needed to be taken on direct tax code, said, "When a baby is born, its face is cute. But when it gets small pox, it gets all sorts of scars. The bill has got so many amendments that it's messed up."

    DMK MP TKS Elangovan also said, "This government is tapping the poor and patting the rich. The government has not provided anything to the poorer sections of the society. Two crores of job creation every year was promised. Why has domestic consumption gone down? The welfare of 80 percent of the population is left out."

  • 16:22 (IST)

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    Taxation (Amendment) Bill is fundamentally flawed: Opposition MPs

    The Congress, Trinamool Congress, and AIADMK raised objections regarding the Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

    Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, "There are significant issues between the ordinance that was issued and the bill. We are living in an era of QSQT, not qayamat se qayamat tak; It is quarter se quarter tak. I am not a believer in QSQT. Because economies grow in long term. But when you have 6 consecutive quarters of GDP decline, it is cause of worry. The assumption of the bill is fundamentally flawed."

    Sukhendu Sekar Ray of the Trinamool Congress said that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman should "consider and clear the pending GST compensations to five states including West Bengal."

    Meanwhile, A Vijayakumar of the AIADMK said, "Our economy is under deep stress. The govt is targetting a $5 trillion economy. The size of the economy was $2.7 trillion. Out of the total 7 crore taxpayers, only 11.86 lakh are corporate tax payers."

  • 16:10 (IST)

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    Om Birla urges states to draft action plan to curb incidents of digital banking frauds

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday urged the state governments to draft an action plan with the aim of tackling incidents of digital banking frauds across the country. His remark came after an MP raised the issue in the House during the Zero Hour.

    BJP's Arvind Kumar Sharma said that on one hand, the nation was moving towards digital India while on the other hand, such fraudulent activities were taking place, News18 reported.

  • 16:03 (IST)

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    Parliamentary committee holds meeting on rising crimes against women on social media

    Parliamentary Standing Committee on Women Empowerment on Thursday held a meeting with representatives of the Facebook group at the Parliament House Annexe building in view of the rising crime against women on social media.Cyber harassment and bullying is likely to be discussed in the meeting.

  • 15:53 (IST)

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    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says process for Hajj 2020 is now 100% digital

    Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha said that the process for the Hajj 2020 has been made 100 percent digital. "This includes the online application, E-Visa, Hajj mobile app, digital pre-tagging of baggage of pilgrims. E-MASISA (E-Medical Assistance System for Indian Pilgrims Abroad), Portal for Haj Group Organisers (HGOs) with their details and Haj packages. Government of India takes a number of measures for the welfare of Indian Hajj pilgrims both in India and in Saudi Arabia."

  • 15:35 (IST)

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    Venkaiah Naidu condemns attack on Unnao rape survivor 

    Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu condemned the incident in which a rape survivor was set ablaze in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao on Thursday. He said, "This entire House condemns the incident. I got in touch with the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, he has explained to me that the culprits have been arrested. What is needed, is not a mere arrest in one case. We must send out a signal to the entire country and society that in such incidents action should be taken promptly, swiftly, and adequately, so these things are not repeated again."

  • 15:31 (IST)

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    MPs ask Centre to bring back bodies of Indians killed in Sudan tanker blast

    Several members from across party lines on Thursday urged the Centre to make efforts to bring back the bodies of Indians killed in the Sudan tanker blast on Wednesday at the earliest.

    News18 reported that TR Baalu of the DMK, Rajiv Pratap Rudy of the BJP and Selvaraj M of the CPI raised the issue in the House during Zero Hour. The MPs said that the government should provide adequate compensation to the families of the 18 victims as most were "sole bread earners".

  • 15:04 (IST)

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    House begins discussion on Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill

    One of the major bills to be moved in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday was the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill. The House has now begun a discussion on it.

    KK Ragesh of the CPM moved the statutory resolution on the bill. Congress MP Jairam Ramesh began the arguments in the debate over the ordinance and extended his support to it. He said, "There are significant issues between the ordinance that was issued and the bill."

  • 14:56 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi says Congress will oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

    As the Lok Sabha gears up for the tabling of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on 9 December, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reportedly said that the party will oppose the proposed legislation aimed at providing citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

    "Congress party is against any form of discrimination against anybody in this country. So anybody who discriminates against anybody who is Indian, we are against them. That is our line. We believe that India belongs to everybody — all communities, all religions, all cultures," Rahul was quoted as saying by News18.

  • 14:42 (IST)

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    Bhupendra Yadav says member used word 'infiltrator' against PM: Deputy Chairman

    Soon after proceedings resumed in the Upper House at 2 pm, Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh noted MP Bhupendra Yadav's "point of order on rules of procedure and conduct of business in Rajya Sabha". "Shri Yadav says a member had used the word infiltrator against the prime minister," Singh was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

    The House saw uproar over the attack on the Unnao rape survivor in Uttar Pradesh. The House was then adjourned till 2.37 pm, and is set to resume proceedings.

  • 14:34 (IST)

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    Congress slams Centre over agrarian crisis

    Suresh Kodikunnil, Congress MP from Kerala, spoke about the agrarian crisis that the farmers across the country are reeling under. Detailing the issues being faced by farmers, he said "The BJP govt failed to address crop loss and its impact on farmers."

    "The onion crisis has left the people in distress. Are the farmers getting any benefit from the issue? Black markets are on the rise. Farmers are being killed. BJP government ignored the farmers and raised MSP.

    "There is lack of policy and lack of timely execution. There is no declaration of any special package. Unemployment, job loan, agriculture failure and industrial slowdown are all gifts of Modi government. The BJP government is a failure and their idea of Indian farmers are seen as perishable communities," he was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

  • 14:28 (IST)

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    Food to be sold at MRP in Parliament canteen

    Members of Parliament (MPs) will no longer avail the benefit of subsidies in the Parliament canteen, India Today reported, adding that they will now buy food at regular MRP rates.

    News18 quoted a notice by the Business Advisory Committee of the Lok Sabha as saying that MPs of all parties had agreed to do away with subsidised food in canteens.

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Prakash Javadekar says P Chidambaram violated bail conditions on 'very first day'

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar responded to Congress P Chidambaram's press conference on Thursday, a day after he was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the INX Media corruption case filed against him.

    Javadekar referred to one of the apex court's conditions for the ex-finance minister's bail, which was to not make public statements on the case. He said, "P Chidambaram ji has violated his bail conditions on the very first day. The court had asked him to not give any public statement on the case as a condition for bail but Chidambaram ji today said that his record as a minster was very clear."

  • 14:17 (IST)

    'Shocked and ashamed': P Chidambaram reacts to incidents of rape

    Congress leader P Chidambaram, who addressed a press conference on Thursday, got emotional while answering a question on rapes and lynchings. Chidambaram's statement comes in the context of the gruesome rape and murder of a vet in Telangana's Hyderabad last week, which has sent shockwaves across the nation.

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Even as Congress opposes Citizenship Amendment Bill, Manmohan Singh had backed Citizenship Act in Rajya Sabha in 2003


    Former prime minister Manmohan Singh had backed the idea of Indian citizenship for persecuted refugees from Bangladesh when he was the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha in 2003.

    A reply by Singh in the Upper House dated 18 December, 2003, stated that minorities in countries like Bangladesh faced persecution after the 1947 partition. “It is our moral obligation that if circumstances force people to seek refuge in our country, our approach to granting them citizenship should be more liberal,” Singh stated.

    He urged then deputy prime minister LK Advani to bear this reality in mind before “charting out the future course of action with regard to the Citizenship Act”. He added that minorities in Pakistan faced similar persecution.

    The copy of the Rajya Sabha proceedings mentioned that another Congress MP Shankar Roy Chowdhury had said in the Upper House that a large number of illegal migrants were religious minorities facing persecution.

    The statement came to light at a time when the Congress is opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which got a Union Cabinet nod on Wednesday and is likelt to be tabled in the Parliament on 9 December.

  • 13:33 (IST)

    Current govt incapable of bringing economy out of slowdown, says P Chidambaram


    Rural consumption is down according to NSSO, rural wages and producer prices for farmers are down, former finance minister P Chidambaram said in the press conference.

    "Daily wage earners get work for no more than 15 days a month. FMCG — both durable and non-durable — are selling less. Wholesale prices are up. CPI is going up. Onions sell at Rs 100 a kg. What do these point to? There is less demand among the people because they have less money and less appetite to consume due to uncertainty and fear," he said.

    Chidambaram pointed out that the UPA government had lifted 140 million people out of poverty between 2004 and 2014, while the NDA government has, since 2016, pushed millions of people below the poverty line.

    "The economy can be brought out of the slowdown, but this government is incapable of doing that. I believe that the Congress and some other parties are better equipped to pull the economy out of the slowdown, but we have to wait for better times," he concluded.

  • 13:13 (IST)

    Lucky if GDP growth touches 5 percent at the end of the year, says P Chidambaram


    Former finance minister p Chidambaram pointed out in the press conference that even after seven months into the fiscal year, the BJP government believes that the problems faced by the economy are cyclical.

    "The government is wrong. It is wrong because it is clueless. It is unable to look for the obvious clues because it defends its catastrophic mistakes like demonetisation, flawed GST, tax terrorism, regulatory overkill, protectionism, and centralized control of decision-making in the PMO," he said.

    "8, 7, 6.6, 5.8, 5 and 4.5 are the quarterly growth rates of GDP in the last six quarters. The third and fourth quarters of 2019-20 are not likely to be any better. We will be lucky to end the year if growth touches 5 per cent," he added.

  • 13:08 (IST)

    Have confidence that courts will render justice, says P Chidambaram

    Expressing that he is grateful for the Supreme Court order ordering his bail in the INX Media case, senior Congress leader P chidambaram said, "The order will clear the many layers of dust that have unfortunately settled on our understanding of criminal law and the manner in which criminal law has been administered by our Courts."

    He said that he has total confidence in courts and that they will ultimately render justice.

  • 13:02 (IST)

    Government unusually silent, turned out to be an 'incompetent manager' of economy, says P Chidambaram​


    Congress leader P Chidambaram said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been unusually silent on the economy. "He has left it to his ministers to indulge in bluff and bluster. The net result, as the Economist put it, is that the government has turned out to be an incompetent manager of the economy," he said.

    In a press conference, he said that his record as a minister and his conscience is absolutely clear. "Officers who have worked with me, business persons who have interacted with me and journalists who have observed me know that very well," he said.

  • 12:49 (IST)

    Must preserve freedom of leaders detained in Kashmir, P Chidamabaram says in first press conference after release from jail


    Addressing the media for the first time after being released from Tihar Jail in the INX Media case, former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said, "As I stepped out and breathed the air of freedom at 8 pm last night, my first thought and prayers were for the 75 lakh people of the Kashmir Valley who have been denied their basic freedoms since 4 August, 2019."

    Expressing particular concern for leaders detained without charges in Jammua nd Kashmir, Chidambaram said, "Freedom is indivisible. If we must preserve our freedom, we must fight for their freedom."

  • 12:14 (IST)

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    TR Baalu raised the issue of the deaths of 18 Indians in a factory blast in Sudan


    DMK's TR Baalu brought up the deaths of 18 Indians in a blast at factory in Sudan, expressing dismay over the incident. In response, BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy urged the concerned minister to ensure that the bodies of the deceased are broguht back to the country and their families are duly compensated.

  • 12:10 (IST)

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    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asks govt to take serious note of killing five ITBP personnel 


    Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raises concern of killing of five ITBP personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar by another soldier at the paramilitary force’s camp on Wednesday.

    He demanded that the government takes serious note of the incident and takes steps to ensure the safety of India's jawans.

  • 12:06 (IST)

    Govt cannot suppress my voice in Parliament, says P Chidambaram


    Former finance minister P Chidambaram said the government will not be able to suppress his voice in the House.

    The senior Congress leader attended the Rajya Sabha proceedings today after being released on bail in the INX Media case.
     
    "I am happy to be back. The government cannot suppress my voice in Parliament," he said.

  • 11:56 (IST)

    Citizenship Amendment Bill upholds India's tradition of sheltering the persecuted, says Ram Madhav


    A day after the Citizenship Amendment Bill received a nod from the Union Cabinet, BJP leader Ram Madhav said that it is a commitment from the party to the presecuted minorities of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

    He also said that no country in the world accepts illegal migrants and they will be treated as infiltrators in India too.

    The Citizenship Amendment Bill is likely to be taken up by the Parliament on 9 December, according to media sources.

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Govt had lied about law and order situation in UP, Priyanka Gandhi says after rape survivor was set afire in Unnao

    Speaking after the gruesome incident of  rape survivor being set on fire in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, Congress leader priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Yogi aDityanath lied about the law and order situation in the state.

    "Such incidents being reported every day have resulted in anger in theminds of people. BJP leaders should opt out of fake propoganda now," she said.

  • 11:38 (IST)

    Chidambaram hits out at Nirmala Sitharaman over comment during debate on onion prices


    Senior Congress leader hit out at Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over her comment during a debate on rising onion prices in which she said that she does not belong to an "onion-eating family".

    "What does the finance minister mean when she says she does not eat onions? Does she eat avocados?" Chidambaram asked.

  • 11:24 (IST)

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    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm following uproar by Congress MPs


    The House was adjourned amid protests by Opposition MPs over the incident reported today in which a 20-year-old rape survivor was set afire by a group of men in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao. The woman has been hospitalised and is in a critical condition.

    The Upper House was adjourned till 12 pm shortly after the names of 18 out of 80 MPs with 100 percent attendance were read out by House Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu as a token of appreciation.

  • 11:10 (IST)

    P Chidambaram joins Congress leaders in protesting against rising onion prices


    Ahead of the Parliament proceedings, Congress leaders, including P Chidambaram, protested against the rising onion prices all over the country.

    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Gaurav Gogoi and other leaders held banners and a basket full of onions and shouted slogans demanding that the government reduce the prices and "stop harassing" the poor.

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government had taken several steps to check the rising prices of onions and initiated steps to improve technology for better storage.

  • 11:03 (IST)

    Pictures of Piyush Goyal running to attend Question Hour goes viral


    Pictures showing Railway Minister Piyush Goyal running to attend the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha went viral on Twitter. On Tuesday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had conveyed to the BJP lawmakers in a parliamentary party meet that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed dissatisfaction over the absenteeism of MPs in both the Houses.

    https://twitter.com/Arvindharmapuri/status/1202210905989115904

  • 10:50 (IST)

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    Congress, IUML give adjournment notices over Citizenship Amendment Bill, killing of ITBP personnel


    The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has given an Adjournment Motion Notice in the Lok Sabha over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which received a Cabinet nod on Wednesday and is likely to be tabled in the Parliament on 9 December, according to sources.

    Congress and IUML have given an Adjournment Motion Notice in the Lower House over 'incident of killing of ITBP personnel'.

  • 10:47 (IST)

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    Chidambaram reaches Parliament complex; to attend Rajya Sabha proceedings after getting bail


    Former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram reached the Parliament complex to attend the Rajya Sabha proceedings, a day after he was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the INX Media case.

    He is also slated to address a press conference at 12.30 pm.

  • 10:39 (IST)

    RECAP | Parliament passes Unauthorised Colonies Bill, 2019


    Parliament passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorized Colonies) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it on Wednesday. 

    The law gives those living in unauthorised colonies the rights of transferring or mortgage rights also. They would be able to claim the rights on the basis of holding documents like Power of Attorney, Agreement of Sale, Will or Possession letters. It will provide relief to the residents of 1731 unauthorised colonies in the National Capital Region.

  • 10:33 (IST)

    RECAP | Citizenship Amendment Bill cleared by Union Cabinet


    The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will be tabled in the Lok Sabha on 9 December, according to media sources. The legislation seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan if they have faced religious prosecution.

    Lawmakers from Assam registered their protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill by lying on the floor of the state Assembly corridor.

    The Cabinet also approved Personal Data Protection Bill and approved the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019

  • 10:26 (IST)

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    BJP, Congress MPs give zero hour, adjournment notices in Lok Sabha


    BJP MP Sushil Kumar Singh has givena  Zero Hour Notice in Lok Sabha over the 'demand to include Magahi language in eighth schedule of Constitution'.

    Congress Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Kodikunnil Suresh has given an Adjournment Motion Notice on 'tariff hike by telecom companies'.

Parliament LATEST Updates: The Rajya Sabha on Thursday approved the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, moved by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, replacing ordinance used to slash corporate tax rate.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman slammed the Opposition for calling the Centre's policies regarding the economy, "elitist". Sitharaman's outburst comes amid trolling and criticism for her "I don't eat onion, garlic" remark in the Lok Sabha earlier on Thursday, when asked about the rising prices of onions.

In the Rajya Sabha, during the debate on the Taxation (Amendment) Bill, she said, "I absolutely condemn the approach of the members calling me elitist. This govt. thinks of the poor much more."

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman began her arguments in the debate over the Taxation (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha. She broke down the clauses of the amendment and gave details of the government's effort over the legislation.

Asserting that computer software development, mining, printing of books will not to be treated as manufacturing for lower tax, she said, "Good reforms to boost economy will continue."

Ram Chandra Singh of the JD(U), asserting that action needed to be taken on direct tax code, said, "When a baby is born, its face is cute. But when it gets small pox, it gets all sorts of scars. The bill has got so many amendments that it's messed up."

DMK MP TKS Elangovan also said, "This government is tapping the poor and patting the rich. The government has not provided anything to the poorer sections of the society. Two crores of job creation every year was promised. Why has domestic consumption gone down? The welfare of 80 percent of the population is left out."

Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu condemned the incident in which a rape survivor was set ablaze in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao on Thursday.

He said, "This entire House condemns the incident. I got in touch with the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, he has explained to me that the culprits have been arrested. What is needed, is not a mere arrest in one case. We must send out a signal to the entire country and society that in such incidents action should be taken promptly, swiftly, and adequately, so these things are not repeated again."

One of the major bills to be moved in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday was the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill. The House has now begun a discussion on it.

KK Ragesh of the CPM moved the statutory resolution on the bill. Congress MP Jairam Ramesh began the arguments in the debate over the ordinance and extended his support to it. He said, "There are significant issues between the ordinance that was issued and the bill."

Suresh Kodikunnil, Congress MP from Kerala, spoke about the agrarian crisis that the farmers across the country are reeling under. Detailing the issues being faced by farmers, he said "The BJP govt failed to address crop loss and its impact on farmers."

Addressing the media for the first time since his release from Tihar jail on Wednesday, former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram pointed out in the press conference that even after seven months into the fiscal year, the BJP government believes that the problems faced by the economy are cyclical.

Chidambaram pointed out that the UPA government had lifted 140 million people out of poverty between 2004 and 2014, while the NDA government has, since 2016, pushed millions of people below the poverty line. "The economy can be brought out of the slowdown, but this government is incapable of doing that. I believe that the Congress and some other parties are better equipped to pull the economy out of the slowdown, but we have to wait for better times," he said.

The Congress leader said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been unusually silent on the economy. "He has left it to his ministers to indulge in bluff and bluster," calling the government an "incompetent manager" of the economy.

Chidambaram attacked the Centre over the 'floundering state of the economy' in a press conference. He said that the Narendra Modi-led government is 'stubborn, mullish, wrong'.

The Congress leader reached the Parliament complex to attend the Rajya Sabha proceedings, a day after he was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the INX Media case.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will move the International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. The Bill provides for the establishment of an Authority to develop and regulate the financial services market in the International Financial Services Centres in India.

Additionally, the House of People will also hold a discussion on crop losses all over the country and the resultant impact on farmers. Among the list of issues expected to be raised during the Question Hour are construction of national highways, bringing in the National Highway Accident Relief Service Scheme, upgradation of state highways to national highways, per capita availability of water and flood management programmes.

In the Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman will table the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which looks at further amending the Income Tax Act, 1961 Finance (No.2) Act, 2019. She will also move that the bill be returned.

The House of Elders will raise questions pertaining to suspension of postal services in Kashmir, safety of citizen's data, self defence training to girls, reasons for change of GDP base year and projects undertaken under the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme, among other issues.

Three members – KK Ragesh, T Subbarami Reddy and Elamaram Kareem will move a statutory resolution which states the House’s disapproval of the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 (No.15 of 2019) promulgated by the President Ram Nath Kovind on 20 September.

The Rajya Sabha proceedings may be attended by former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who was granted bail in the INX Media case by the Supreme court on Wednesday.

The Parliament is likely to take up the Citizenship Amendment Bill soon, which got a nod from the Union Cabinet on Wednesday.

The Union Cabinet had given a nod to Data Protection Bill on Wednesday. The Parliament had also passed a bill to regularise 1,731 unauthorised Delhi colonies.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had addressed queries regarding the Chinese incursions into Indian territory on Wednesday, saying that intrusions occurred due to perceptional differences over the India-China border. Home Minister Amit Shah had said that a government committee will look at amending the Indian Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code to deal with the rising incidents of mob lynching.

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Updated Date: Dec 05, 2019 20:29:29 IST