Govt plans slew of bills in Monsoon session; opposition to corner it over Covid management, fuel price, farmers’ stir | India News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told an all-party meeting on Sunday that the government was ready for a healthy and meaningful discussion on various issues in Parliament, according to Parliamentary affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi.
Subsequently, an official statement said that the prime minister told chamber leaders that, in accordance with the country’s traditions of healthy democracy, questions concerning the people should be raised in a friendly manner and the government should have the opportunity to respond to these discussions.
Modi said that it is everyone’s responsibility to create such an enabling environment, adding that people’s representatives really know the situation at the ground level, so their participation in these discussions enriches the decision-making process.
Upping the ante, several opposition parties planned to move postponement notices in both Houses of Parliament on Monday over farmers’ issues.
The opposition parties held a separate meeting after an all-party meeting called by the government on Sunday to discuss its floor strategy.
Many opposition parties will give postponement notices on the farmers issue in both Houses of Parliament, RSP Leader NK Premachandran said here after the meeting attended by Congressional leaders, TMC, NCP, CPI (M), CPI, IUML, RSP, Shiv Sena and the AAP.
The farmers union has been protesting on the Delhi borders since last November against the Center’s three new farm laws and is also demanding a legal guarantee for the Minimum Support Price (MSP).
During the all-party meeting, the opposition parties opposed the government’s offer of a joint speech to all MPs by the prime minister on COVID-19 in the Parliament annex, saying this will be “very irregular. “at a time when Parliament will be in session and aims to” circumvent “the rules.
The meeting was attended by 33 games.
Leaders, including those of Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the CPI (M), also said that when the pandemic and the issues related to it can be discussed on the floor of the Chamber, what was the need to go “outside.”
The annex is a separate building within the premises of the Parliament complex.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi announced at the meeting that Prime Minister Modi will address MPs from both Houses, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, on July 20 and speak about the pandemic.
“What is the need to get out of Parliament? Any address should be on the floor of the House,” said Derek O’Brien, TMC member Rajya Sabha, who was at the meeting.
Sources from other opposition parties confirmed that Joshi’s offer has been rejected and that some have even suggested a joint session of the Houses in the Central Hall.
CPI (M) Secretary General Sitaram Yechury said the party’s position has always been that when Parliament is in session, whatever the government has to say, it can do so on the floor of the Chamber.
“It is very irregular for the government to do this. When Parliament is in session, any speech or presentation that the government wants to make must be done from within Parliament,” he said.
O’Brien stated that all the opposition leaders present at the meeting, including the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Samajwadi PartyRamgopal Yadav and Satish Misra of the Bahujan Samaj Party refused to be led “outside” of Parliament.
In another development, various parties, including Congress and the TMC, demanded the restoration of MPLAD funds on Sunday, at an all-party meeting chaired by Lok Sabha chairman Om Birla, the sources said.
President Birla assured them that he will raise the issue with the government and its top officials, they said.
The government has listed 17 new bills for presentation at the session.
Three of the bills seek to replace recently issued ordinances.
One of the ordinances issued on June 30 prohibits any agitation and strike by anyone involved in essential defense services.
The Defense Essential Services Ordinance of 2021 came in the context of the announcement of the main federations of the Artillery Factory Board (OFB) to go on an indefinite strike from the end of July to protest against the government’s decision to corporatize the OFB.
The Essential Defense Service Bill of 2021 was listed to replace the ordinance, according to a Lok Sabha bulletin issued on July 12.
The 2021 bill of the Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjacent Areas is another measure that seeks to replace an ordinance.
According to the government, the ordinance was introduced to provide a permanent solution and establish a self-regulating and democratically monitored mechanism to address air pollution in the NCR and adjacent areas, rather than limited ad hoc measures.
The Opposition, for its part, wants to raise issues such as the alleged deficiencies in the health system during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the states.
It will also seek answers on rising prices for diesel gasoline and cooking gas during the session that ends on August 13.
Sources said that several opposition parties also plan to give a postponement notice for alleged wiretapping of their leaders.
According to the financial business listed in the bulletin, there would be a presentation, discussion and vote on the Complementary Grant Demands for the year 2021-22.
There would also be a presentation, discussion and vote on Excess Demand for Grants for the 2017-18 year.