Pandemonium in Rajya Sabha as Farm Bills Pass
Amid unprecedented scenes of protest by opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha, Parliament today approved passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill
- The opposition’s demand for a split and a vote on the bill was rejected by Vice President Harivansh Narayan Singh, saying the chamber was not in order.
- It all started around 1:10 p.m. when the Union Minister of Agriculture, Narendra Singh Tomar, began to respond to the debate on the two bills.
- When the vice president asked the House for permission to extend the day’s session until the bills were eliminated, the opposition launched protests.
- They demanded that the Chamber be suspended for the day. However, the vice president continued the work of the House and asked Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to continue his response to the debate on the bills.
- At this point, members of the opposition began to protest against the vice president’s decision to extend the term without “consensus” in the House.
- When the Vice President did not accept the request to lift the House, some of the opponents approached the well and began to tear and throw papers from the table and broke the microphone that was fixed on the table in the room chair. The session was then adjourned for 15 minutes.
- After the resumption of the meeting at 1:40 p.m., the vice president resumed the statutory agreements proposed by the members of the opposition, requesting that the bills be referred to a select commission.
- The vice president said that this opposition resolution was rejected and it was proposed to start voting on the bills.
- Meanwhile, members of the opposition walked around the well again and began using slogans, and amid the uproar, the Rajya Sabha passed both bills by voice vote.
Opposition parties file a motion of no confidence against Vice President
Twelve opposition parties supported a motion of no confidence against Vice President Harivansh, accusing him of violating parliamentary procedures by attempting to hastily pass bills without ignoring all appropriate vote requests.
- A motion of no confidence against the Vice President is the first in Parliament, and the convention is that Mr. Singh does not preside over the House sessions until the matter is resolved.
- Harivansh was re-elected for the second time just six days ago. The resolution was signed by Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK, RJD, TRS, NCP, AAP, CPI, CPI (M), JD (S), IUML, and Kerala Congress (Mani).
- Opposition parties also criticized the vice president for interrupting former prime minister Deve Gowda’s speech. Members of the opposition accused the vice president of acting as a buffer for the government.
Modi praises bill as watershed moment, says MSP will continue
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday the minimum support price system and government crop procurement will continue, after two bills are passed the agricultural sector by Parliament amid protests inside Rajya Sabha and farmers in Punjab and Haryana. Modi said in a series of tweets in English, Hindi and Punjabi that the bills mark a milestone in history.
The Center introduces an amendment to the FCRA law, proposes that Aadhaar be mandatory
The Center introduced in the Lok Sabha an amendment to the Law on Foreign Contributions (Regulation) and proposes to make Aadhaar a mandatory identification document for all office holders, directors and other key officials of an NGO or association eligible to receive foreign donations.
- A bill says the amendment is necessary to improve transparency and accountability in the receipt and use of foreign contributions worth billions of rupees each year and to facilitate “genuine” non-governmental organizations or associations.
- Who they work for the welfare of society. The bill proposes to include “official” and “government-owned or controlled company” among the list of entities that are not eligible to receive foreign donations, the draft says.
- “Modification of subparagraph (c) of paragraph (1) of Article 3 to include the” official “also in its scope, in order to provide that no official will accept foreign contributions”, indicates the draft of law.
- The law also proposes that no more than 20% of the total foreign funds received can be spent on administrative costs, currently the limit is 50%.
- The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stands at 54,81,153 at the time of publication of this bulletin with a death toll of 87,909.