Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Review of this week’s Parliament proceedings

This was the third week of monsoon session of Parliament when both the Rajya Sabah and Lok Sabha failed to transact substantive business due to the uproar of opposition parties on various issues including farm laws and alleged Pegasus snooping.

On Monday, both the houses of Parliament continued to witness pandemonium over farm laws and alleged Pegasus snooping. After facing repeated adjournments, both Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day.

In the Lok Sabha, when the house met after the second adjournment at 2 P.M., members from Congress, TMC, Left and others again trooped into the well raising slogans.

The Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 was introduced in the house amidst din.

Amid ruckus, the house passed the General Insurance Business (Nationalization) Amendment Bill, 2021. The bill seeks to amend the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Act, 1972. It provides for a greater private sector participation in the public sector insurance companies.

The bill removes the mandatory provision of 51 per cent shareholding of the Central Government in General Insurance Corporation of India, National Insurance, New India Assurance, Oriental Insurance and United India Insurance companies.

Speaking on the bill, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, the bill is in the interest of the common man. She said, the move will allow private players to provide better insurance schemes at lower premiums. The bill was passed without any discussion. After that, the Presiding Officer adjourned the house for the day.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha. When the house reassembled at 3.36 P.M. after third adjournment, Opposition members including Congress, TMC, Left and Aam Aadmi Party continued with the demand for discussion over farm laws and alleged Pegasus snooping .

Amid uproar, the Appropriation Bills, 2021 were moved in the house. As the protesting members were in no mood to relent, the Presiding Officer adjourned the house for the day.

Earlier, amidst unruly scenes, the Rajya Sabha passed the Inland Vessels Bill, 2021. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill.

The bill seeks to introduce a uniform regulatory framework for inland vessel navigation across the country. It provides for a central database for recording the details of vessel, vessel registration and crew on an electronic portal.

Speaking on the bill, Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal highlighted its importance and features.

The Constitution (Schedule Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced.

In the morning, both houses congratulated Badminton Player, P. V. Sindhu for winning bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics.

Earlier, the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 was introduced in the house amidst din.

The alleged Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues continued to mar the proceedings of both the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday too. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following continuous protest by the opposition parties.

In the Lok Sabha, when the House resumed at 4 PM after third adjournment, opposition members from the Congress, DMK, TMC and other parties again demanded discussion over Pegasus and farm laws by sloganeering, displaying placards and holding paddy grains in the well of the House.

The Lok Sabha passed the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 amidst din without any discussion. The Bill seeks to replace the Ordinance promulgated in June this year. The Bill allows the central government to prohibit strikes, lock-outs, and lay-offs in units engaged in essential defence services. It amends the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 to include essential defence services under public utility services.

Speaking on the Bill, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh clarified that it has been brought to make reforms in Ordnance Factories and it will not impact the service conditions of employees. He said the right to peaceful protest will be allowed.

The House also passed the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 without any discussion. The Bill seeks to dissolve certain existing appellate bodies and transfer their functions to other existing judicial bodies. The Bill replaces a similar Ordinance promulgated in April this year.

In the Rajya Sabha, when the House reassembled after second adjournment at 2 PM, opposition members including Congress, TMC, Left and DMK again came into the well raising slogans.
Amid ruckus, Rajya Sabha passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment Bill), 2021 after a brief discussion.

The Bill is to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. Insolvency is a situation where individuals or companies are unable to repay their outstanding debt. The Code provides a time-bound process for resolving the insolvency of corporate debtors.

The stalemate in Parliament continued on Wednesday following relentless protest by the opposition over alleged Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues.

In the Lok Sabha, when the House met after the fourth adjournment at 3.30 PM, the Coconut Development Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed amid ruckus. As the opposition members including Congress, TMC and DMK continued with their protest, the House was adjourned for the day.

Earlier, amid din, the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas Bill 2021 was also passed.

The Rajya Sabha also witnessed similar scenes. When the House met after second adjournment at 2.56 PM, it passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021 amid uproar by the opposition parties.

Earlier, the Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2021 and The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Amendment Bill 2021 were also passed, amid din after a brief discussion.

Logjam continued in Parliament on Thursday as the government and the opposition didn’t dilute their stands over alleged Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues. After facing repeated adjournments, both the houses have been adjourned till Friday.

In the Lok Sabha, when the House met, after fourth adjournment at 5 PM, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

As ruckus prevailed, the House was adjourned for the day.

Amid din the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced in the House.

In the Rajya Sabha, when the House met after fourth adjournment at 3.40 PM, the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 was passed amid din after a brief discussion. The Bill allows the central government to prohibit strikes, lock-outs, and lay-offs in units engaged in essential defence services. It amends the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 to include essential defence services under public utility services. Speaking on the Bill, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh clarified that it has been brought to make reforms in Ordnance Factories and it will not impact the service conditions of employees.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021 amid din after a brief discussion. Lok Sabha has already passed it.

The Bill provides for the constitution of a Commission for better co-ordination, research, identification, and resolution of problems related to air quality in the NCR and adjoining areas.

The Rajya Sabha passed Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021 amid din by voice vote. The Bill seeks to amend the constitutional list of Scheduled Tribes as recommended by Arunachal Pradesh.

It removes the Abor tribe from the list of identified STs in that state. Speaking on the bill, Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said it he will provide justice to tribals.

On Friday, both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned till 12 noon as soon it assembled at 11 AM, following noisy scenes and continued protest by the Opposition parties over Pegasus, farm laws and other issues.

In the Lok Sabha, when the House met for the day, Opposition members including Congress, TMC and DMK trooped into the well with placards raising slogans. Amid noisy scenes Speaker Om Birla repeatedly asked the agitating members to allow the House to function but they did not pay heed. Later, the House was adjourned till 12 noon.

In the Rajya Sabha, when the House met, Deputy Chairman Harivansh said that the Chairman has accepted calling attention and short duration discussion on different issues including farmer agitation and asked the Government and the Opposition to decide the timing.

But Opposition members including Congress, TMC, DMK and Left pressed their demand for discussion on alleged Pegasus snooping and came into the well raising slogans. Members from RJD, Shiv Sena, NCP, Aam Aadmi Party and others were also on their feet.

Amid pandemonium, the Deputy Chairman tried to run Zero Hour. As noisy scenes continued he adjourned the House till

12 noon. Later both the Houses were adjourned for the day.

Earlier, both the Houses congratulated Wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya for winning a silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics and making India proud.

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