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Parliament Updates: Shiv Sena MP takes jibe at Centre over demonesation; BSP's Danish Ali raises concern over JNU protests

Parliament LIVE Updates | Raising the issue of protest by JNU students, BSP member Danish Ali demanded in the Lok Sabha on Monday that the government should ensure that poor students were not denied the facility of higher education for an affordable fee.

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Parliament Updates: Shiv Sena MP takes jibe at Centre over demonesation; BSP's Danish Ali raises concern over JNU protests
  • The Parliament's Winter Session started on a stormy note in the Lok Sabha with Opposition leaders raising slogans over the detention of leaders in Jammu and Kashmir

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his customary remarks at an all-party meeting held on Sunday, asserted that the government is ready to discuss every issue

  • The previous session of Parliament had created the record for maximum Bills passed in the last 67 years

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13:32 (ist)

Congress, NC leaders walks out of Lok Sabha


Congress and National Conference leaders
walked out of Lok Sabha over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir lockdown and detention of its leaders.

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Nov 18, 2019 - 18:55 (IST)

The Rajya Sabha has also now been adjourned for the day.

Nov 18, 2019 - 18:16 (IST)

The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am on Tuesday

Nov 18, 2019 - 17:42 (IST)

JNU students' protest figures in Lok Sabha

 
Raising the issue of protest by JNU students, BSP member Danish Ali demanded in the Lok Sabha on Monday that the government should ensure that poor students were not denied the facility of higher education for an affordable fee.
 
He regretted that the education system of the country was being privatised and corporatised under the rule of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
The government should look into the demands of poor students and take appropriate action, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) member said during the Zero Hour.
 
Earlier in the day, hundreds of JNU students took out a protest march from the university campus towards Parliament amid a heavy police deployment.
 
The students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) here have been protesting for nearly three weeks against the draft hostel manual, which has provisions for a hostel fee hike, a dress code and curfew timings.
 
Initially, the barricades outside the gates of JNU were removed and the students were allowed to march. The police later stopped the march around 500 metres from the university's gates.
 
The protesters were seen carrying banners with messages such as "save public education", "fees must fall" and "ensure Affordable hostels for all". ​
 
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Nov 18, 2019 - 17:33 (IST)

Financial education need of the hour, says NCP's Supriya Sule

Speaking in the context of the Chit Funds (Amendments) Bill, NCP MP Supriya Sule said in the Lok Sabha, "Along with the regular education system, financial education should be included so as to generate awareness among the common people."

Nov 18, 2019 - 17:21 (IST)

Several suicides have taken place due to chit fund scams, says YSRCP MP Adala Prabhakara Reddy

YSRCP MP Adala Prabhakara Reddy said in the Lok Sabha, "In the past, many people have committed suicide due to chit fund scams. This is a pathetic situation...At present, there is no law that can help investors recover their money in such cases."

Nov 18, 2019 - 16:48 (IST)

Common people's money not safe, says Shiv Sena's Shrirang Barne

Shiv Sena MP Shrirang Barne said in the Lok Sabha, "In the previous government as well as the present one, many people have been duped in chit fund scams. The worst affected are the common people, including farmers and those in the service sector.

Barne also took a dig at demonetisation saying, "Today, the money of the common people is not safe. It is not safe at home due to demonetisation, and it is not safe in banks due to bank scams."

Nov 18, 2019 - 16:41 (IST)

'Why should this kind of business be indulged?': TMC Kalyan Banerjee in Lok Sabha

The Lok Sabha is presently continuing with the discussion over the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill. TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee said, "With the passage of the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019, there is no need to continue with the Chit Funds Bill."

Banerjee further said, "Why should this kind of business be indulged?"

Nov 18, 2019 - 16:32 (IST)

India continues to be fastest growing economy in the world: Anurag Thakur

India is not facing 5 percent economic slowdown and continues to be the fastest growing economy in the world, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said in Lok Sabha on Monday.


During Question Hour, Thakur also said that a number of steps are being taken by the government to strengthen the economy that includes merger of banks and tax concessions to industries.


"There is no 5 percent slump. Where did you get the figure. Show us," he countered when Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann said the country is facing slump in the economy.

The Union minister of state for finance said India continues to the fastest growing economy in the world even though many countries in the world are facing economic slowdown.

"By 2025, India will be a five trillion dollars economy," he said.

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Nov 18, 2019 - 16:23 (IST)

Distinction must between checking and clogging, Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha

With disruptions in Rajya Sabha in the past hindering passage of crucial legislations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the Upper House of Parliament was essential for checks and balance in democracy but a distinction needs to be drawn between checking and clogging.

"The Rajya Sabha is about checks and balances. This is absolutely essential for our democracy. Debates have to be many and effective. But, there is also a difference between checking and clogging (and between) balance and blocking," he said.
 
With some within the ruling party questioning the effectiveness of Rajya Sabha as crucial legislative work got stalled because NDA lacked majority in the House, Modi​ recalled the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's words that the Upper House "may be the second house but no one should think of it as a secondary house."
 
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Nov 18, 2019 - 16:01 (IST)

Lok Sabha discusses Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill

The Lok Sabha is presently discussed the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill. Speaking on the Bill, Congress MP Saptagiri Ulaka said, "The Bill requires a chit to be drawn in the presence of at least two subscribers, and allows these subscribers to join via video-conferencing. In many areas in Odisha, there is no proper telecom facility. I suggest that subscribers may also be allowed to join through platforms like WhatsApp."

Parliament LATEST Updates: Raising the issue of protest by JNU students, BSP member Danish Ali demanded in the Lok Sabha on Monday that the government should ensure that poor students were not denied the facility of higher education for an affordable fee.

India is not facing 5 percent economic slowdown and continues to be the fastest growing economy in the world, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, RSP’s NK Premachandran sought a high-level probe in the case of the death of IIT Madras student Fathima Latheef.​

DMK’s Kanimozhi informed the Lower House that 52 suicides have been reported in IITs in last 10 years.

The Parliament's Winter Session started on a stormy note in the Lok Sabha with Opposition leaders raising slogans over the detention of leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and the instability in the former state. Slogans like 'we want justice' and those calling the government at the Centre to stop lodging 'fake cases' against the Opposition were raised. Debates on the Maharashtra agrarian crisis, Delhi water woes, death of IIT Madras student Fathima Latheef and torture and death of a Dalit labourer in Punjab's Sangrur were witnessed in the Lok Sabha.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm after obituary references to leaders like Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, apart from other Parliamentarians.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his customary remarks at an all-party meeting held on Sunday, asserted that the government is ready to discuss every issue and exhorted everyone to make the Winter Session as productive as the last one, when Parliament gave its nod to the bifurcation of the then state of Jammu and Kashmir and nullifying Article 370, besides several other important bills.

The previous session of Parliament created a record for maximum Bills passed in the last 67 years. During the session, the Lok Sabha worked for 281 hours, or 135 percent of the scheduled hours. This figure is higher than any other session in the past 20 years. The Centre had extended the session in order to complete the legislative business. The Rajya Sabha also saw high productivity, at 100 percent.

On Sunday, Opposition leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress, raised the continuing "illegal" detention of mainstream leaders in Jammu and Kashmir like Farooq Abdullah, who is also a Lok Sabha member, and said they will take up issues like economic slowdown and unemployment in the session, which ends on 13 December.

In the previous session, the BJP-led NDA had left the Opposition stunned by winning over independent regional parties, especially in the Rajya Sabha where the treasury benches lacked majority, and wooing a number of rival leaders to get a host of bills passed. However, this time, the Congress-led grouping has some reasons to feel emboldened over recent political developments.

The Opposition's better-than-expected show in the recent Assembly polls, the BJP's break in ties with the Shiv Sena and reports of an economic slowdown have put wind in the sails of Opposition parties.

The 18 Sena MPs in the Lok Sabha and three in Rajya Sabha have now been allotted seats in the Opposition rows after the party severed ties with its longtime ally BJP and is in talks with the Congress-NCP alliance to form government in Maharashtra.

Despite the setback, numbers favour the treasury benches, with the BJP appearing determined to get Parliament's approval on its legislative agenda that was stonewalled in the Modi government's first term when the Opposition outnumbered it in the Upper House.

The Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case favouring a Ram temple at the disputed site has also come has a boost to the saffron ranks.

Key legislation on agenda

The government has listed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a key BJP plank which is aimed at granting nationality to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring countries, for passage.

The Modi government introduced the bill in its previous tenure but could not push it through due to vehement protests by Opposition parties, which criticised the bill as discriminatory on religious grounds.

The legislation seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan if they have fled their respective countries due to religious persecution.

There has been opposition to the bill in Assam and other Northeastern states, where most of these immigrants, mostly Hindus, have been living. Student organisations, political parties and socio-cultural bodies have been protesting on the grounds that it seeks to grant nationality to non-Muslims, mostly Hindus, who have come into India up to 31 December, 2014, thereby increasing the deadline from 1971 as per the Assam Accord.

The government also plans to seek Parliament's nod to two crucial ordinances. An ordinance reducing corporate tax rate for new and domestic manufacturing companies to arrest slowdown in the economy and boost growth was issued in September to give effect to amendments in the Income Tax Act, 1961 and Finance Act, 2019.

The second ordinance, also issued in September, banned sale, manufacture and storage of e-cigarettes and similar products. Other key bills such as Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, Anti Maritime Piracy Bill 2019 and Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 are among the 47 items expected to be taken up during the House proceedings.

The Personal Data Protection Bill is about handling and processing of consumer information by corporate organisations and introducing strict regulations and penalties. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, that was passed in the Lok Sabha in July, seeks to prohibit discrimination against transgender persons, including in matters of employment and provides for giving certificates of identity to them.

The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 is also expected to come up in the House and would replace an ordinance that was approved by the Cabinet in September. The ordinance prohibits the manufacture, trade, and advertisement of e-cigarettes in India.

The ban includes e-hookahs and online sale and advertisement of e-cigarettes. Violations constitute a cognisable offence, punishable with an imprisonment of up to one year or fine up to Rs 1 lakh or both for the first offence and imprisonment of up to three years and fine up to Rs 5 lakh for a subsequent offence.

Other important bills to come up during the Winter Session of Parliament are: The Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2019, The Companies (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019, Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Arms Act (Amendment) Bill 2019, Central Sanskrit University Bill 2019, Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Second Amendment) Bill 2019, Disaster Management (First Amendment) Bill 2019, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill 2019 and Arms Act (Amendment Bill) 2019.

With inputs from agencies

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