After the Parliament was disrupted for the fifth day in a row, the Congress party said that a discussion on Pegasus cyberattack in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, followed by a judicial probe are the pre-conditions for Parliament to function.
This was to counter criticism from the government, which has accused the Opposition of disrupting Parliament since the beginning of the ongoing Monsoon session.
Here are the latest updates:
Lok Sabha | 2.00 pm
Lok Sabha takes up Zero Hour. BJP MP Mansukh Vasava says even after 75 years of Independence the SC/ST communities are still lagging behind. He asks the government machinery to be held accountable.
House is adjourned till 2.30 pm
Rajya Sabha | 2.00 pm
Rajya Sabha reassembles. Jugalsinh Lokhandwala finally concludes his speech favouring the Marine Aids Navigation Bill.
Opposition continues its sloganeering. The Chair goes ahead with the proceedings.
A YSR Congress MP favours the Bill.
House adjourned till 3 pm
Lok Sabha | 12.30 noon
Lok Sabha adjourned again, till 2 pm
Lok Sabha | 12.00 noon
Lok Sabha also resumes. Ministers table various papers pertaining to their ministry.
Chair again requests the protesting members to go back to their seats, House adjourned again till 12-30 p.m.
Rajya Sabha | 12.00 noon
Rajya Sabha resumes. Question Hour begins. So does sloganeering. A member asks a question on vaccinating children against COVID-19.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya responds but he is barely audible.
Deputy Leader of the House Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi objects to the sloganeering. He points out that the members are not adhering to covid protocols.
House is adjourned till 2 pm.
Lok Sabha | 11.45 am
Lok Sabha resumes. The Chair takes up Question Hour. A member asks a question on PM Grameen Sadak Yojana.
Member Ramdas Chandrabhanji Tadas from Wardha in Maharashtra seeks information related to the construction of roads under PM Gram Sadak Yojana, Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti says 1.19 lakh-km road is to be constructed by 2025 under the project. The projects proposed by State governments as per the yardsticks set by the Centre will be considered.
House is adjourned till 12 noon.
Lok Sabha | 11.25 am
On crop damage
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar says that due procedure is in place for deciding compensation in case of such natural calamities.
“The farmers of Maharashtra, who were affected by the calamity, have also benefited under the PM Fasal Beema Yojana. Today, more than 15 questions related to the cause of farmers are being taken up. I would urge the Opposition to participate. By indulging in sloganeering, they are obstructing the proceedings,” he says.
House adjourned till 11.45 a.m.
Lok Sabha | 11.20 am
On crop damage
Omprakash Bhupalsinh of Shiv Sena raises the issue of crop damage due to heavy rains last year in his constituency in Maharashtra.
MoS Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar says that based on the survey team’s report, the committee concerned took decisions, and accordingly, farmers are being given compensation.
₹701 crore is being given to the farmers in Maharashtra, ₹113.75 crore for those in Rajasthan and ₹729.30 crore to those in Karnataka through NDRF fund, he says.
Meanwhile, sloganeering has intensified in the House.
Rajya Sabha | 11.15 am
Zero Hour begins.
Chairman says Parliament is meant for making laws, but it is not being allowed to function.
Unfortunately, Parliament is being reduced to such a sorry state, he says, as the shouting gets louder.
House adjourned till 12 p.m.
Lok Sabha | 11.10 am
Question Hour in progress.
On regulation of pesticides
MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar seeks information from the government on regulation of pesticides to reduce pollution. Has any study been conducted to check if their use has been reduced after the issuance of soil health cards to farmers, he asks.
Minister of State (Agriculture) Kailash Choudhary says the government have developed a database on soil quality and also got conducted a study which found that if the farmers do farming based on the findings of soil health cards, it may reduce the use of pesticides by about 20%.
“Soil testing labs are being made available at the local level. Owing to the use of soil health cards, the produce has also increased,” he adds.
Mr. Choudhary says there is a separate allocation of funds to promote organic farming. “It is also being promoted under the Namami Gange project. Currently, organic farming is being done across about 38 lakh hectares, and farmers are being provided financial support to encourage them for taking up organic farming,” he says.
Rajya Sabha | 11.05 am
Rajya Sabha proceedings start.
Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu reads obituary references for ex-member Wasim Ahmad, former President and PM of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth and founding father of Zambia Dr. Kenneth David Buchizhya Kaunda.
Opposition members start disrupting proceedings as MoS V. Muraleedharan lays papers on the table.
Chairman tells protesting MPs “I’m not going to oblige. You can’t force me like this through undemocratic method.”
Mr. Naidu add that “nothing should be shown”. Meanwhile, protesting MPs are holding placards in front of the Chair.
Opposition continues shouting slogans against the government on the Pegasus issue.
Lok Sabha | 11 am
Lok Sabha starts for the day.
Speaker Om Birla says: “If you want to raise your issues, I will give an opportunity. I will talk to the government about it, issues of public concern should be highlighted and discussed.”
Question Hour begins amid sloganeering.
Bill for Consideration and Passing
– Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021
Discussion and Voting on the Supplementary DFGs 2021-22
Bills for Consideration and Passing
– Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021
– Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021