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Parliament Updates: Budget neither farmer-friendly nor growth-oriented, says Congress MP; LS adjourned till 4 pm

Parliament Updates: Congress' Anto Antony said that the budget had nothing for migrant workers, and made no provisions to write off farmers' loans

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Parliament Updates: Budget neither farmer-friendly nor growth-oriented, says Congress MP; LS adjourned till 4 pm

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Feb 12, 2021 - 00:08 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned till 4 pm on Friday

DMK MP Senthil Kumar says the people have been let down by the government. The party has been asking for an increase 100 to 150  under MGNREGA days but there is a cut in the funds for the MNREGA, he claims. Congress's K Suresh says the allocation of funds for atrocities Act, scholarship, among others, for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is not sufficient.

BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi, who is in the chair, says the Lok Sabha is adjourned till 4 pm.

Feb 11, 2021 - 23:59 (IST)
 

MEA should make sincere efforts to enhance global cooperation on maritime piracy: Parl panel

 

The Ministry of External Affairs should make sincere efforts to enhance international cooperation on maritime piracy and ensure the welfare of Indian seafarers captured by pirates, a parliamentary panel said on Thursday. The parliamentary standing committee on external affairs made the assertion while approving the 'Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill 2019', subject to the inclusion of its 18 recommendations and suggestions in the paragraphs of the current Bill or through other appropriate methods like Rules or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
 
The government should now make all possible efforts for an earlier enactment of an anti-piracy legislation so that India becomes a part of an international endeavour to combat piracy and may provide for a sound legal basis for prosecuting and punishing persons committing acts of piracy, the panel said in its report presented in Lok Sabha on Thursday.
 
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Feb 11, 2021 - 23:49 (IST)

Indore MP seeks special grant for city

BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh's Indore Shankar Lalwani sought a special grant from the Centre for India's cleanest city. Kanakmal Katara, BJP MP Rajasthan's Banswara thanks Union ministers for bringing a girl who was afflicted by coronavirus by air ambulance from Kyrgstan to Ghatola. He puts forth demands for funds for bridges and road development in his region. 

Feb 11, 2021 - 23:02 (IST)

Budget is not farmer-friendly or growth-oriented, says Anto Antony

Congress' Anto Antony says the Budget is not farmer- friendly, or growth-oriented and ignores youth. Economy is in recession he says. The economy was sick before the pandemic and will be after the pandemic he says. Manmohan Singh brought in the MGNREGA and 273 crore job days were generated, he claims. The NDA government cut the allocation to MGNREGA, he claims. Speaking about the effects of the pandemic, he says "Millions of migrants lost their jobs and my constituency has the highest number of migrants and the budget has nothing for them."  He also speaks about the unemployment crisis in the country and says women are worst affected by it.

Opposing the Budget proposal,he terms the Budget as anti-farmer and says it has nothing for the farmers. No amount to write off farmers loans and no moratorium on farmers loans has been included in the Budget, he claims. The UPA government has engaged in crony capitalism, he alleges.

Feb 11, 2021 - 22:53 (IST)

Ramulu Pothuganthi highlights need for medical college in Nagarkurnool constituency

TRS MP from Nagarkurnool Ramulu Pothuganthi requests for a eklavya model school and at least three Kendriya Vidyalayas in his constituency. "There is an urgent need to set up a medical college in my constituency," he says.

BJP's Ajay Bhatt praises the Budget as one meant for the upliftment of the common man. He speaks about the disaster in Chamoli district and says the two power projects have been destroyed. He praises Prime Minister and Centre's prompt response to the disaster. He alleges that during the 2013 Uttarkahand floods, the party in power at the Centre didn't enquire after the state. He proposes formation of a committe to study glaciers. He says there's a need for a highspeed train from Delhi to Haldwani.

Feb 11, 2021 - 22:29 (IST)

Budget failed to give push to women's empowerment, says Anubhav Mohanty

BJD'a Anubhav Mohanty praises all the correct steps in the Budget. Ground water level in Kendrapara is continuously falling. Budget fails to give push to women empowerment , he says. Investments are required in Odisha in railways and national highways, he says but claims " we have had lowest allocation in railways and no railways in six districts." "How are we at fault if general elections are not there in Odisha next year," he asks. Odisha is the most distater prone country, he says. The high frequency of natural disasters in the state has had an impact on its growth, he says. Odisha has received very little support from the Centre in various areas such as tele-density, railways and highways , he claims.

The govt's claims of having implemented Swamithanathan report are untrue he claims and demands implementation of Swaminathan Commission's report in toto after negotiations with agitating farmers.

Feb 11, 2021 - 22:09 (IST)

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'Budget was disappointing', says RLP's Hanuman Beniwal

The RLP, former ally of the BJP, criticised the Centre over the Union Budget 2021 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. RLP MP Hanuman Beniwal said, "This Budget came after unprecedented disruptions. Everyone was looking at this Budget. But the Budget was disappointing. The farmers, youth got nothing in return.

He also slammed the government over the ongoing farmers' protests and appealed to the Centre to withdraw the contentious laws."The prime minister perhaps wants to withdraw the farm bills but does not know how to do it. These people (protesters) are the people who gave 120 seats to the BJP-NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Don't think these people will tire out. I appeal to the government to take back the laws. People have expectations from the prime minister," he said.

Feb 11, 2021 - 21:58 (IST)

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Nineteen ground staff of Air India succumbed to COVID-19 and other complications, says Centre

A total of 1,995 personnel of Air India have tested positive for coronavirus till 1 February and its 19 ground staff have "succumbed due to COVID-19 and other complications", said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday.

"A total of 1995 personnel of Air India, including the crew deployed on Vande Bharat Mission tested positive for COVID-19 till 2 February, 2021, out of which 583 personnel were hospitalized," Puri said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha. "There have been no fatalities among the crew. However, 19 ground staff succumbed due to COVID -19 and other complications," he added.

Feb 11, 2021 - 21:32 (IST)

Dausa MP hails Budget

BJP's Jaskaur Meena praises the presentation of the Budget by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. She says the budget is courageous and will lay the foundation for the new decade. It will take every citizen of the country towards self reliance and progress, she says. The MP from Rajasthan's Dausa demands for a sainik school in her area.

Feb 11, 2021 - 21:21 (IST)

Budget looks like an election manifesto, alleges DMK's DM Kathir Anand

DMK's DM Kathir Anand tears into the government, saying the budget looks like an election manifesto or a five year plan. This government remains a publicity mongering government. An illusionary lollipop has been given to people of Tamil Nadu with eye on polls, he alleged. Theres nothing about labour and creation of employment in the Budget, he alleges. The budget doesn't mention the three farm laws nad the allocation for the PM Kisan and PM Fasal Bima Yojana has come down too, he claims. 

Parliament Updates:  Congress' Anto Antony in the Lok Sabha said the Budget is neither farmer- friendly nor growth-oriented and claimed it ignores youth. He said that the budget had nothing for migrant workers, and made no provisions to write off farmers' loans.

The Centre's  claims of having implemented Swamithanathan Commission report are untrue, claims BJD's Anubhav Mohanty and demands implementation of panel's recommendations in toto after negotiations with agitating farmers.

DMK's DM Kathir Anand tears into the government, saying the budget looks like an election manifesto or a five year plan.

"This government remains a publicity mongering government. An illusionary lollipop has been given to people of Tamil Nadu with eye on polls," he alleged. "There's nothing about labour and creation of employment in the Budget, he alleges. The budget doesn't mention the three farm laws nad the allocation for the PM Kisan and PM Fasal Bima Yojana has come down too," he claims.

Union Minister Smriti Irani hit out at Rahul Gandhi and said he did not bother to talk about the budget in the House. Smriti Irani further added that the Union Budget 2021-22 will make India Atmanirbhar.

CPI's M Selvaraj also called the Centre's formula of calculating MSP 'an eyewash' and claimed that MSMEs had closed down during COVID lockdown

BJP MP and Union Minister Anurag Thakur speaks in the Lok Sabha, and criticises Rahul Gandhi’s speech on the farm laws.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha said that his speech is only focused on farm laws in protest against Speaker's decision to not allow separate debate on the issue.

Rahul Gandhi says the current BJP government follows a “Hum do hamare do” policy to criticise the intent behind the new farm laws

India and China have reached an agreement for disengagement in the Pangong Lake area to cease their forward deployments in a phased, coordinated and verified manner and it will substantially restore the situation to what it was before the stand-off last year, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says in the Lok Sabha

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said there will be no peace and tranquillity if there is no status quo ante at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

MoS Finance Anurag Thakur lauds the Union Budget in Rajya Sabha and said that the poor population have benefited the most from the policies of BJP-led government and claimed that the Budget has received positive reviews from all states

Naresh Gujral from SAD urged the Centre to not use force on agitating farmers and to stop defaming them by calling them 'Khalistanis' in Rajya Sabha.

Sukhendu Shekhar Roy of TMC asked the Centre on what basis the government had made the claim that the economy will grow by 14 percent. "The government is making empty promises in the name of Atmanirbhar Bharat." he said.

"The government was in denial about slowdown in economy. They believed wrongly that the problem in Indian economy is cyclical and not structural. But the numbers were dropping even before the pandemic struck. Two years of slowdown is a reality before coronavirus ,' P Chidambaram said in Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha will hold a discussion on the Union Budget 2021 till 3 pm today. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will give her response in Rajya Sabha tomorrow  

Chidambaram said the borrowing will only be used to fill the huge craters in our economy. "Mark my words, the growth projections will fall short by the end of 2021."

He said, the finance minister had objected to my use of the word incompetent while describing this government's policies. "But I repeat myself, for I have no milder word available to describe this situation. The incompetent economic management will push us back to the numbers we had in 2017."

When Rajya Sabha members ask for an opportunity to seek clarification on defence minister's statement on India-China standoff situation, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu denies their request saying "this is a matter of national unity and security."

Providing details about the disengagement process initiated at the southern and northern banks of Pangong Tso, the defence minister said that senior commanders from both sides will meet within 48 hours after disengagement from Pangong.

The defence minister added that India is committed to maintaining a peaceful situation along the Line of Control. "India has always emphasised on maintaining bilateral ties," said Singh.

The defence minister will make a suo motu statement in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday about the standoff in eastern Ladakh, a day after China announced that Beijing and New Delhi have started 'synchronised and organised disengagement' at the southern and northern bank of the Pangong Tso.

The Chinese media on Wednesday said Indian and Chinese troops along the border in Ladakh have initiated the process of disengagement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the central government and the Parliament have great respect for the farmers who are voicing their views on the three farm bills and that is why top most ministers have been talking to them.

Replying in Lok Sabha to the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President's address to the joint sitting of Parliament, Modi again allayed apprehensions on the farm laws, saying neither any agriculture 'mandi' (market) has shut down after the three laws were enacted nor has the MSP stopped, rather the MSP has only increased which no one can deny.

"This House, our government and we all respect farmers who are voicing their views on the farm bills. This is the reason why topmost ministers of the government are constantly talking to them. There is great respect for farmers.

"After the laws relating to agriculture were passed by Parliament, no 'mandi' has shut. Likewise, MSP has remained.

Procurement on MSP has remained. These facts can't be ignored," he said.

The prime minister said those who are disrupting the House are doing so as per a well-planned strategy as they are unable to digest that people can see the truth.

"Through their games, the trust of the people can never be won," he said, amidst protests by the opposition members.

The Congress walked out of Lok Sabha as PM Modi explained the government's stand on the three farm laws.

Modi said the Congress has taken different stands in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. "A divided and confused party like this can do no good to the country," he added.

Modi said India has managed the COVID-19 pandemic successfully despite adverse predictions and the country has now become a ray of hope for the world.

He said the world post- COVID-19 is turning out to be very different and in such times remaining isolated from the global trends will be counter-productive.

"That is why India is working towards building an 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India), which seeks to further global good.

"Predictions were made India cannot survive as a nation, but people of our country proved them wrong and we are now a ray of hope for the world," he said.

Complimenting health care and frontline workers for their relentless work during the pandemic, the prime minister said the way India has managed the coronavirus crisis is a turning point and the world has seen its success.

The address of the President has showcased India's 'Sankalp Shakti' and his words have boosted the spirit of confidence among the people of India, infused new confidence and inspired every heart

"During the discussion on the President's speech, a large number of women MPs took part. This is a great sign. I want to congratulate the women MPs who enriched the House proceedings with their thoughts," he said.

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