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Parliament Live: Last day of Budget session in RS; PM Modi addresses retiring members

The Parliament, in its third week of the Budget Session create uproar over the AgustaWestland scam. Three days left till this session ends, many bills remain pending.

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Parliament Live: Last day of Budget session in RS; PM Modi addresses retiring members

Highlights

12:43 (ist)

Manohar Parrikar explains AgustaWestland deal: 

"AgustaWestland chopper was 100 cCore. We had to test the helicopters in Indian conditions. The other two vendors didn't agree to do so and conducted the test outside the country. this was against the clause in the country. Out of the 6 vendors who were given tenders, AgustaWestland Italy was also one of the vendors. But AgustaWestland UK took over the tender. 

Only AgustaWestland got the concessions. They created a single vendor situation. In 2008, the price oh AW101 was 15 million Euros and oin 2010, it was listed as 27 million. Benchmark cost given by CNC(Contract negotiations committee) was 6 times higher than that of AoN (Acceptance of Necessity) There was no explanation for this.In 2012 February, then the government had written to the embassy through the MEA. The government even went to the investigating agency but nobody wrote to the company. This deal should have stopped in 2012. But yet, 3 helicopters were delivered in December 2012 and we accepted it. 

In January 2013, Chief exec of Finmenccancia was arrested, Within hours our defence minister wrote to CBI immediately. If he wasn't arrested, they would not have taken this up. 

After the CBI took it up, in Feb 2013, there was a notice issued to stop the deal.

Legal action forced the termination of the deal, it was not a proactive step, it was forced. Bank guarantee needed to be revoked and that was done. 

When the Milan Court argued, they said that 166 Euros could be returned and the money for the 3 helicopters will not be returned.

I am not making allegations, but it is our Endeavour that we will take action. Defence Ministry initiating procedure to blacklist AgustaWestland. If that is our job, why is the Congress worried? "

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May 13, 2016 - 13:18 (IST)

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 p.m

After a series of speeches by members who are now retiring from the Rajya Sabha, the House has been adjourned till 2.30 p.m.

May 13, 2016 - 12:15 (IST)

SP MP rues time wasted due to disturbances

In an emotional appeal, Kanak Lata Singh of the Samajwadi Party rued disturbances in the Houses and said that several members did not get an opportunity to raise serious issues during Zero Hour.

May 13, 2016 - 12:13 (IST)

Rajya Sabha majority remains elusive for BJP

With the retirements on Friday, the Congress will see the most reduction, with 16 members retiring, The BJP will, however, still not have a majority in the House, as reported by The Times of India.

May 13, 2016 - 12:08 (IST)

Chandan Mitra calls for debates on environmental issues

Chandan Mitra, one of the BJP's most prominent spokespersons, is also one of the members of the Rajya Sabha who are now retiring. Mitra, in particular, said that the House should have more debates on issues like the wildlife and the environment. He also quoted a poem by the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz,

May 13, 2016 - 12:04 (IST)

May 13, 2016 - 12:04 (IST)

May 13, 2016 - 11:37 (IST)

Pramod Tiwari of Congress party, has given a notice in Rajya Sabha for discussion in zero hour over Subramanian Swamy's remark on RBI Governor

May 13, 2016 - 11:33 (IST)

Ram Gopal Yadav raises questions on SC's interference in parliamentary work

Ram Gopal Yadav, SP, addressed the Rajya Sabha. He raised the issue of the SC's interference in the law-making process. He said, "The SC is encroaching our rights. We have to think about this."

"The Constitution has given the Parliament the responsibility of law-making and budget making. This is our work. This is not the work of the court. If they do it, then what is our role?"

"The Constitution has made a line of demarcation and yet these roles are getting interspersed."

May 13, 2016 - 11:26 (IST)

Anand Sharma addresses the 53 retiring members of the Rajya Sabha

Anand Sharma, INC, Himachal Pradesh, addressed the retiring members of the Rajya Sabha. He said, "There is a lot of work that these retiring members have done and they have seen changes in the government, This house passed the Insurance Bill, passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Bill. Like the PM said, this is a special day. This house always spoke in one voice in hour of need.

Addressing PM Modi's disappointment over the GST bill, he said, "Hum jab waha bethein the, GST barso ruki rahi (When we were the leaders of this house, we also tried to get the GST bill passed. But it didn't happen)"

May 13, 2016 - 11:18 (IST)

PM Modi addresses the retiring members in the Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the efforts of all the retiring members of the Rajya Sabha who have finished their 6-year tenure. He said, "We in the Rajya Sabha have an advantage over the Lok Sabha. We can give farewell to our old members and welcome our new members."

"I wish we had come to a conclusion on CAMPA and GST. The states were going to get Rs 42,000 cr due to the CAMPA. The GST is also a beneficial scheme for the states like Bihar. The schemes which were immediately useful to the state were not passed in this session of the budget."

He wished all the retiring members all the best for the future.

The Parliament, in its second week of the Budget Session, had a set of controversial round of discussions on Wednesday. The BJP and the Congress clashed over the alleged AgustaWestland chopper scam in the Rajya Sabha. On Wednesday's session the Parliament is slated to discuss the Finance Bill and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

Parliament Live Last day of Budget session in RS PM Modi addresses retiring members

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar made a statement about the VVIP chopper deal on Wednesday and launched a strongly-worded offensive against the UPA government over the issue. He said that the 'country wants to know who instigated, supported and benefited from the corruption.'

The Opposition members created a ruckus in the house, almost throughout the speech, while the Defence Minister alleged that the choppers were bought at an inflated price and no realistic basis for price negotiation was provided. He said that it appears that an 'invisible hand' was guiding the actions or inaction of CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.

Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, on Monday had accused the government of defaming the Congress through the mudslinging in the AgustaWestland scam

Meanwhile, the Congress on Saturday announced that it will gherao Parliament on 6 May to highlight a range of issues that include imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand, drought and “deceit and deliberate lies” against the party.

 

 

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