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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day as Opposition members continue loud protests against farm laws

Parliament budget session 2021 LIVE news updates: The Lok Sabha failed to stay in session beyond five minutes even as it was reconvened thrice today. The Opposition protested, shouting slogans against 'black farm laws' in the Well

FP Staff February 02, 2021 19:17:21 IST
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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day as Opposition members continue loud protests against farm laws

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Feb 02, 2021 - 19:20 (IST)

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Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

The Lok Sabha failed to stay in session beyond five minutes even as it was reconvened thrice today. The Opposition protested, shouting slogans against 'black farm laws' in the Well.

Feb 02, 2021 - 19:10 (IST)

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Will allot equal time to all if decorum of House maintained: Speaker to protesting Oppn members

In an effort to establish order in the House, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla appealed to all members to return to their seats and maintain the decorum of the House. He assured them of equal time and opportunity to raise their grievances against the government during the discussion on Motion of Thanks to the President's address.

Feb 02, 2021 - 19:06 (IST)

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LS reconvenes for third time amid intense sloganeering; discussion on Motion of Thanks underway

The Lok Sabha is discussing the Motion of Thanks to the President's address as it reconvened for the third time today after repeated disruptions due to protests against farm laws. 

Feb 02, 2021 - 19:00 (IST)

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As many as 32 States/UTs implementing 'One Nation One Ration Card': Govt

The Centre on Tuesday said that 32 states and Union Territories have implemented 'One Nation One Ration Card' plan, which seeks to give over 80 crore beneficiaries under the food law access to their foodgrains entitlement from anywhere in the country. Under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) or food law, the Centre provides 5 kg of foodgrains per person per month to over 80 crore beneficiaries at a highly subsidised price of Rs 2-3 per kg. Presently, out of the total given coverage of 81.35 crore persons under the NFSA, around 80 crore beneficiaries are receiving their entitled quota of foodgrains through public distribution system (PDS) on monthly basis.

Feb 02, 2021 - 18:54 (IST)

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No info on losses incurred by farmers for not being able to sell produce in Delhi due to protest: Tomar

The Centre has not received any information on losses incurred by farmers for not being able to sell their produce in the national capital owing to the farmers' protest at various border points of the city against new farm laws, Parliament was informed on Tuesday. Tomar's submissions in the Lok Sabha comes at a time when thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab, Haryana and UP, are agitating for over two months at Delhi borders. The movement seemed to receive a setback after the 26 Jan violence but there numbers have swelled since. 

Feb 02, 2021 - 18:07 (IST)

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No formal talks with govt until harassment stops, detained farmers freed: Samyukt Kisan Morcha

Meanwhile, as farmer issues echoed in Parliament leading up to repeated disruptions and adjournments and barely any business being conducted in the crucial Budget Session, the farmers' unions made it clear that they were not going to give up the fight. 

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar sought to assure the protesting Opposition members in Lok Sabha by saying that the Centre was open to debate all issues inside and outside the Parliament. However, Samyukt Kisan Morcha the umbrella body of several farmers' unions made it clear that there can be no "formal" talks with the government until "harassment" by police and administration stops and detained farmers are released

Feb 02, 2021 - 18:01 (IST)

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Govt ready to discuss farmers issues inside and outside Parliament, says Tomar

The government on Tuesday asserted in Lok Sabha that it was ready to discuss issues related to farmers both inside and outside Parliament amid vociferous protests by the Opposition which forced the House to adjourn twice, first for almost an hour and then for nearly two hours.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said during Zero Hour, which began at 5 pm, that the Modi government is always committed to discuss the farmer's issues.
 
"Government is ready to discuss issues related to farmers inside and outside Parliament," he said amid sloganeering by opposition members.
Tomar's reply came after Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claimed that 170 farmers have died during the ongoing agitation against the three contentious farm laws.

Feb 02, 2021 - 17:47 (IST)

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Apna Dal demands All India Judicial Services, separate ministry for OBC

The higher judiciary does not reflect the country's social diversity, Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel said on Tuesday, demanding the creation of All India Judicial Services and a separate ministry for the Other Backwards Class.

Patel, whose party is a BJP ally, said she had made both the demands in a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the budget session. "As of now, OBC welfare comes under the ambit of the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, which has the additional task of looking into the issues of transgender, drug addicts, elderly and beggars," the Mirzapur MP from Uttar Pradesh said.

Feb 02, 2021 - 17:16 (IST)

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Lok Sabha adjourned again

Lok Sabha adjourned till 7 pm amid ruckus by opposition over farm laws; opposition raised slogan of 'take back black laws'.

Feb 02, 2021 - 17:11 (IST)

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Lok Sabha reconvenes at 5 pm

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla reconvened the House again at 5 pm after it was adjourned earlier, resulting in the loss of Question Hour. The Speaker has asked the members to lay relevant Papers on the table. 

Parliament budget session 2021 LIVE news updates: The Lok Sabha is discussing the Motion of Thanks to the President's address as it reconvened for the third time today after repeated disruptions due to protests against farm laws.

government on Tuesday asserted in Lok Sabha that it was ready to discuss issues related to farmers both inside and outside Parliament amid vociferous protests by the Opposition. Meanwhile, the famer unions have said they are not interested in talks until police harassments against protesters doesn't stop

The government on Tuesday asserted in Lok Sabha that it was ready to discuss issues related to farmers both inside and outside Parliament amid vociferous protests by the Opposition which forced the House to adjourn twice, first for almost an hour and then for nearly two hours

The Lok Sabha was adjourned again within minutes of reconvening due to Opposition's loud protests. The House had been in session for less than five minutes when Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House till 5 pm

On the second day of the Budget Session, 27 bills passed by the Houses of Parliament during the fourth session of the 17th Lok Sabha will be tabled in the Lower House on Tuesday.

Leader of Congress Party in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary and party Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Koddikunil Suresh have given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the farm laws

Congress and other opposition parties on Tuesday forced adjournment of Rajya Sabha proceedings for the third time in the pre-noon session as they insisted on taking up a discussion on the issue of farmers' protest over the three new farm bills.

The House was first adjourned for about 40 minutes till 10:30 am. As soon as the House met again, similar scenes were witnessed leading to another adjournment till 11:30 am.

When the Upper House re-assembled at 11.30 am, the uproar continued as several protesting members trooped in Well prompting Deputy Chairman Harivansh to adjourn the proceedings till 12:30 pm.

The Deputy Chairman appealed to the opposition members to return their seats and follow COVID-19 protocols. However, they did not heed to his requests.

Congress, Left, TMC, DMK and RJD members first walked out from Rajya Sabha after their demand for suspension of business of the day for taking up the discussion was rejected by the Chair.

Opposition members shouted slogans to disrupt the Question Hour, forcing Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the proceedings till 10:30 am.

As the protesting members continued sloganeering, Naidu asked them to return to their seats.

"Please go to your seats and allow the House to function. Some of you said the last time that not having question hour is ''murder of democracy''. This is a statement made outside," he said.

"Members who have walked out and again coming to the Well is not fair," Naidu said before adjourning the House for the first time.

When the House met at 10:30 am, the sloganeering continued and the Deputy Chairman, who was in the Chair, tried to persuade members to allow the House to function.

However, as the opposition members did not yield, he adjourned the proceedings till 11:30 am. At the time of adjournment, ports, shipping and waterways minister Mansukh Mandaviya was speaking on The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020.

Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said opposition members themselves were demanding Question Hour and the government agreed.

"Question Hour is going on....whether they (protesting members) want Question Hour or not, let them place it on record," he said, as opposition members were raising slogans.

Opposition parties including the Congress, Left, TMC and DMK had given a notice under rule 267 that calls for setting aside of business of the day to take up a discussion on the issue pressed.

Chairman Naidu had, however, disallowed the motion saying the members were free to raise the issue during the discussion on Motion of Thanks to the President''s address.

When the House met for the day, Naidu said he has received notice under rule 267 from various members but the issue can be raised during the discussion on Motion of Thanks to the President''s address to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament.

The President, he said, had referred to the farmer''s agitation in his address made at the start of the Budget session of Parliament last week.

While Lok Sabha is scheduled to start a discussion on the motion on Tuesday, Rajya Sabha will do so on Wednesday.

"As we are going to start a discussion on Motion of Thanks to President''s Address tomorrow, members can participate and raise their concerns," he said rejecting the 267 notice.

He said several rounds of discussions have happened between the government and the farmers'' group.

"I understand the concern (of members) for the need to resolve the issue at the earliest date," he said.

Naidu, however, allowed members who gave notices to make very brief mentions.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting at the Delhi borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the Farmers'' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

The protesting farmers have expressed the apprehension that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the "mercy" of big corporations.

However, the government has maintained that the new laws will bring better opportunities to farmers and introduce new technologies in agriculture.

Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the farmers have been camping for more than two months and the issue needs to be discussed.

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) said the House is not aware of what is going on between the government and farmers and the House should discuss the issue separately from the Motion of Thanks.

"We want a discussion on a specific issue," he said.

While CPI leader Elamaram Kareem said water and electricity supply to the protests sites has been cut, DMK''s Tiruchi Siva said farmers have been sitting on roads for over two months in the cold and the issue needs to be discussed separately.

Manoj Jha (RJD) said Parliament should at least discuss the issue.

However, Naidu did not agree to their motion after which the members of Congress, Left, TMC, DMK and RJD staged a walkout.

"No one is stopping you from discussing the issue tomorrow. Tomorrow you will get an opportunity," he said.

Naidu said 10 hours have been allocated for discussion on Motion of Thanks to the President''s address and an equivalent amount given for discussion on Budget.

"Please take the opportunity tomorrow," he said.

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