Lok Sabha on Thursday will take up the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, while Rajya Sabha is scheduled to discuss the Insurance (Amendment) Bill.
The Lower House was adjourned for two hours on Wednesday following the sudden demise of BJP MP. Both Houses saw multiple adjournments on all days of last week as the Opposition demanded a discussion on the rising prices of fuel in the country.
Here are the latest updates:
Rajya Sabha | 11.50 am
Vandana Chavan (NCP, Maharashtra) raises issues regarding LPG connections.
“According to a Lancet report, household air pollution claims lives of half a million Indians and is cause for major lethal diseases,” she says.
She appreciates the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’s aim to distribute LPG connections and promote clean cooking fuel. She says it’s heartening to see the govt. claim 98% coverage in a short duration but many reports, including those commissioned by the govt., shows only 20% increase in the actual usage of clean cooking fuel from 2015-2020.
Lok Sabha | 11.40 am
Manish Tewari of Congress raises the issue of a pending project in Punjab. Biju Janata Dal MP Achyut Samanta asks a question on Bharatmala Project and its connectivity with Odisha.
BJP MP Rajeev Pratap Rudy raises queries about a road project and inland water project, and says he has written 17 letters between ministries. He asked the government to set up a monitoring cell for projects that are approved.
Dushyant Singh of BJP MP from Jhalawar asks if the government will devise a scheme for installing solar lights and pump for farmers.
Power Minister R.K. Singh says adequate funds have been provided to Rajasthan under different schemes to instal solar pump, and in production of solar energy by installing solar system in the fields of farmers. These solar panels can produce energy upto 2 megawatts and can be sold to power companies.
He says the government is aware that farmers are facing some problems in getting loans for these solar plants.
Rajya Sabha | 11.30 am
Special Mentions begin in Rajya Sabha
Dr. Amee Yajnik (Congress, Gujarat) speaks on the need for special arrangements for differently abled persons in educational institutions. They need special arrangements for mobility and independent functioning. Colleges should ensure that facilities like ramps and special toilets are available, and should make changes necessary to suit differently abled persons.
Lok Sabha | 11.20 am
Deepak Baij of the Congress asks about a road project to connect Raipur to Odisha and Vishakhapatnam. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari informs the House that a new ₹26,000 crore project is ready. The Minister adds that he has asked PM Narendra Modi to give time for Bhoomi Pooja.
Danish Ali of BSP raises the issue of toll booths in the middle of a municipal town at Garh Mukteshwar and Braj Ghat in U.P. that forces local people to pay toll. Mr Gadkari replies that some such tolls existed earlier as governments used to grant permission for them as “sweetener”. He says that all such tolls will be removed and GPS would be installed in vehicles that will automatically deduct the toll.
Rajya Sabha | 11.10 am
In the Upper House, matters are being raised with the permission of the Chair.
On reservation in Anna University
P. Wilson of DMK says that the Central govt. is intervening in the reservation system in education, thus violating the federal structure guaranteed in the Constitution of India.
“In TN, we have 69% reservation in educational institutions by virtue of 1993 Act and is preserved in 9th Schedule. Anna University, which is a State university is bound by State reservation,” he says. He raises the issue that the biotechnology course in the University, which is being funded by the Central govt., has reduced the reservation from 69% to 27% from academic year 2020.
Lok Sabha | 11 am
Question Hour begins in the Lower House.
Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla kicks off the session with the issue of heavy traffic on national highways to Amritsar-Pathankot section.
Responding to Mr. Aujla’s observation of heavy traffic in this area, Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari says a new expressway between Delhi-Amritsar-Katra that is being built will reduce the traffic load.
Hasnain Masoodi of National Conference asks a supplementary question with regard to Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
Bill for Consideration and Passing
- Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021
Discussion and Voting: Supplementary Demands for Grants
Bill for Consideration and Passing
- Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2021
Discussion and Voting: Working of the Ministy
- Ministry of Tourism
- Ministry of Food Processing Industries