Today, post the usual Parliamentary business, Rajya Sabha is expected to take up the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fourth Amendment) Bill, which modify the scheduled tribes list in Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka respectively. The Lok Sabha, meanwhile, is expected to take up the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022, which repeals 60 old laws and rectifies errors in one.
Yesterday, the Lok Sabha saw Opposition uproar over the India-China border clash, with the House adjourned once and several Opposition members walking out in protest. The Lower House concludes its discussion of the country’s drug menace with a reply by Union Home Minister Amit Shah reiterating the Centre’s zero-drug tolerance policy. The House also passed the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, which modifies the list of Scheduled Tribes in Chhattisgarh.
In Rajya Sabha, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replied to concerns expressed by more than 40 members regarding Appropriation Bills 4 and 5. The Upper House then took up The Maritime Anti-Piracy Bill, 2022, for consideration and passing. The Bill was passed after a detailed discussion and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s reply.
Explained | What’s on agenda for the 2022 Winter Session of Parliament?
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Lok Sabha reconvenes
After a stormy session on Wednesday, proceedings resumed in the Lower House at 11 a.m..
RJD and JD(U) MPs staged a protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament today morning, demanding an apology from Union Minister Piyush Goyal for his alleged “demeaning” remarks against Bihar. On Tuesday, during Mr. Jha intervention in a debate on the Appropriation Bill, Mr. Goyal interjected to say, “ inka bas chale, toh desh ko Bihar hi bana de” (If they have their way, they will turn the country into Bihar).
Objecting to Mr. Goyal’s comments, Mr. Jha wrote to the Rajya Sabha Chairman and said that such a “demeaning” statement was not expected from a person of Mr. Goyal’s rank. It is deeply problematic, he said, that the Government of India is singling out one State and terming it as a “failure”.
Mallikarjun Kharge chairs joint meeting with floor leaders
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge held a meeting of floor leaders of opposition parties to discuss strategy for the ongoing winter session.
Congress reiterates demand for discussion on India-China situation
Congress MP Manish Tewari has given an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha to discuss the border situation with China following a clash in Arunachal Pradesh.
What is on the agenda for the Rajya Sabha?
The Upper House will take up business as usual at 11 a.m., starting with the laying of papers, reports and a statement regarding the status of implementation of recommendations pertaining to the Ministry of Tourism.
Bills that are expected to be considered today are:
- The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022, which modifies the list of Scheduled Tribes in Tamil Nadu
- The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2022, which modifies the list of Scheduled Tribes in Himachal Pradesh
- The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2022, which modifies the list of Scheduled Tribes in Karnataka
All three of these were recently passed by the Lok Sabha.
Lok Sabha: What is it taking up today?
At the outset, the Lok Sabha is expected to pay its respects to previous members who have recently passed away.
This will be followed by the usual Question Hour and papers, reports and statements laid on the table of the House. Messages regarding Appropriation Bills 4 and 5 from the Rajya Sabha are expected to be conveyed to the Lower House. Post Special Mentions under Rule 377, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju is expected to move that the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022 be taken up for consideration and passing.
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