Parliament Winter Session updates| Rajya Sabha adjourns briefly amid turmoil, Congress notice on border clash in LS


Up in arms: Opposition leaders walk out of the Rajya Sabha after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s address on Tuesday.

Up in arms: Opposition leaders walk out of the Rajya Sabha after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s address on Tuesday.
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The Parliament resumed proceedings for the day at 11 a.m. On the legislative agenda in the Lok Sabha are Bills to modify the lists of Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the States of Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh. The Lower House is also set to consider the Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, which equips authorities to initiate action against piracy in international waters. Post the usual business of the House, the Rajya Sabha is scheduled to hold a discussion on the serious effects of global warming and the need for remedial steps to tackle it.

Wednesday’s session saw uproar in Parliament as the Opposition reiterated their demand for a discussion on the border clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Yangtse, Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh. When they were not allowed, members of leading Opposition parties staged walkouts in both Houses. Business, however, continued in both Houses, and while the Lok Sabha cleared the demand for supplementary grants, the Rajya Sabha passed the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

The Parliament reconvened on December 7 for the Winter Session in the old Parliament building. The session will conclude on December 29.

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House adjourned for 15 minutes due to turmoil

The chair says that he will proceed with matters on the list of business only. Opposition members protest loudly and engage in sloganeering.

House is adjourned for 15 minutes, till 11.33 a.m.

Hold members responsible for erroneous statements: Piyush Goyal

Leader of the House and Union Minister Piyush Goyal says that members have alleged a certain number of political actions which are erroneous. A member has spoken about this outside and posted on social media, he says. He urges the chair to “examine the record and hold the members responsible for their erroneous statements.”

Anti-encroachment drive in Punjab: Congress’ Ravneet Singh asks Centre to rehabilitate families

On Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh’s question on the recent anti-encroachment drive in Punjab’s Jalandhar, Union Housing and Urban Development minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “I am not going to take shelter under the argument that this is a state subject. I endorse his statement. You have no right to demolish anyone’s home. There are norms which have to be followed. And on humanitarian grounds, people who are without a shelter should be provided one and they should be rehabilitated.”

The Jalandhar Improvement Trust had carried out the drive in which several houses built illegally on public land were demolished after the 50 families living in them lost the legal battle, as per the news agency PTI.

Notices for Suspension of Business

7 notices under Section 267 for various issues, including interference of the government in the higher judiciary, use of ED for investigation and other matters.

The notices do not mention which rules need to be suspended, the chair says, and disallows them.

MP Derek O’Brien raises a point of order and mentions 3 notices which were accepted by the Chairman. He says that members want to invoke Section 29, which allows for the day’s list of business to be changed.

House resumes proceedings at 11 a.m

Rajya Sabha commences proceedings, with Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh Narayan presiding. Papers are laid on the table, followed by reports.

Lok Sabha reconvenes

Proceedings have resumed in the Lower House with Question Hour.

Congress MP’s notice on India-China border clash 

Congress MP Manish Tewari has given an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha, asking for a detailed discussion on the India-China border clash along the LAC in Arunachal.

What is the Rajya Sabha taking up today?

The House is expected to resume with the usual laying of papers, reports and statements about the status of implementation of recommendations from Parliamentary Standing Committees.

Post Question Hour, the House is expected to engage in a short duration discussion about serious effects of global warming and the need for measures to tackle it, spearheaded by MPs Tiruchi Siva, Pramod Tiwari and Sandosh Kumar P.

What’s on the agenda for the Lok Sabha?

The House will commence with Question Hour, followed by the laying of papers, reports and statements on the table. The Standing Committee on Defence will present its report on the assessment of welfare measures available to war widows/families in armed forces’.

MPs Rajesh Verma and Chunni Lal Sahu are expected to move that a Rajya Sabha member be appointed to the Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes (2022-2023).

Post matters under Rule 377, the House is set to take up The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022, followed by The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2022, both moved by Union Tribal Minister Arjun Munda. The Bills seek to revise the ST lists in Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh

Finally, the House will consider the Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, 2019. The Bill seeks to formulate a law to deal with piracy in the international waters. Its objective is to enact a domestic anti-maritime piracy legislation in line with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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