Rajya Sabha on Wednesday agreed to allocate 15 hours to discuss the ongoing farmers’ protest over the three contentious farm laws.
Question Hour will be suspended from Thursday and beginning Friday, Zero Hour and Question Hour will be suspended to extend the time allotted for discussion on Motion of Thanks on President’s address.
The extended time of five hours will be used for a discussion on farmers’ issues.
The House was adjourned breifly due to disruptions caused by AAP Members Sanjay Singh, Sushil Gupta and ND Gupta just when Chairman Venkaiah Naidu allowed discussion on Motion of Thanks on President’s address after the Zero Hour.
Naidu named the three Members under Rule 255 of the House which entails them to withdraw from the House. However, they did not relent and continued sloganeering demanding withdrawal of the farm laws.
- Rajya Sabha takes up the discussion of Motion of Thanks on President’s address.
- BJP’s Bhubaneswar Kalita, who moved the motion, highlights:
1) Integration of Jammu and Kashmir into India in “real earnest”
2) Social welfare benefits implemented in the UT, which had been hitherto denied to the local people
3) Elections to District Development Council.
- Kalita hails the three farm laws, which he said were passed following a discussion in Rajya Sabha. He said benefits of the farm laws have started reaching farmers.
- “Do not make it another Shaheen Bagh,” Kalita said, adressing Congress and other opposition parties, whom, he said, were creating a disturbance in the House for the past two days.
- He said the Union government did an “excellent job” in curbing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic and providing help to migrant labourers, through timely interventions such as the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
- Lauds ‘Vande Bharat’ exercise and the world’s “biggest” vaccination drive against coronavirus, which he said has been lauded by the world community.
- Anti-Corona Vaccination was being supplied to neighbouring countries and others, free of cost: Kalita