It’s the penultimate day of the Budget session of Parliament. The Lok Sabha, which passed the Finance Bill on Monday, hopes to pass three Bills on Tuesday. The Rajya Sabha, on the other hand hopes to complete the debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s address.

Amid new revelations that anti-corruption clauses in the Rafale deal with France were waived by the government, official sources have said the audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Here are the live updates


Various members lay papers on the table.

Matters of urgent public importance are being discussed by MPs.

The proceedings of Lok Sabha were adjourned for nearly 20 minutes during Question Hour amid slogan shouting by Congress members over the Rafale issue.

Amid sloganeering in the Well, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan continued with the Question Hour for nearly 25 minutes.

But a peeved Speaker adjourned the House for nearly 20 minutes till 11:45 a.m. when the slogan shouting continued. Congress members were heard demanding constitution of a joint parliamentary committee to probe the Rafale fighter jet deal.

She was unhappy that Congress members were raising slogans and displaying placards and disrupting proceedings.

She said members were flouting rules by holding placards and raising slogans.

“Discussion (on Rafale) has already taken place … every day you cannot disrupt … it is below standards,” she said adjourning the House. – PTI

House reassembles. Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS Housing, replies to a question on informal settlements. All our schemes seek to provide better amenities in the existing settlements. We trying to resettle migrant people nearby where they work.

Opposition members continue with their sloganeering.

Kaushalendra Kumar (JD-U) seeks if there are adequate godowns to store foodgrains. Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan says it was bumper harvest this time and we have procured excess foodgrains. They are stored well. The godowns are used only in one or two quarters and is usually empty rest of the year. He says they are exploring ways to use these godowns throughout the year.

Rakesh Sharma (Nominated Member) raises the issue of pension not being provided to retired teaching staff of Delhi University.

Protests surface in Rajya Sabha after 40 minutes of smooth functioning. House is adjourned till 2 pm.

In Rajya Sabha, Tiruchi Siva (DMK) seeks exemption of firecracker units from environment clearence.

Nadimul Haque (AITC) says retrenchment of BSNL workers and freezing of wages must be revoked.

Motilal Vora (Congress) seeks early disposal of pending dues of sugarcane farmers.

Vikas Mahatme (BJP) says many castes are left out in the SC,ST and OBC due to different spellings followed in various states. He seeks a standard practice on spellings so that marginalised communities get their dues.

Elemaaram Kareem (CPI-M) seeks constitution of new wage board for working journalists. He also seeks to include television journalists under the ambit of wage board and Working Journalists Act.

Revati Raman Singh (SP) says there is disparity in the caste lists among Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. While some castes are listed under OBC is one State, they are considered SC in the other State, he points out.

Lok Sabha adjourned till 11:45 am as sloganeering continues and some members enter the well of the House.

Kahkashan Parveen (JD-U) seeks Bharat Ratna to former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur.

Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad suggests if the debate on Motion of Thanks taken up now itself. Chair disagrees.

Sukendu Shekar Roy (AITC) speaks about lawyers’ strike. The seeks the government to look into their demands. Mr. Prasad says we have highest regard for the lawyer community. The government is dealing the issue with an open mind. "Have a positive mind too," the Chair says.

Leader of Oppostion Ghulam Nabi Azad says both Treasury and Opposition benches has the responsibility in the functioning of the House. He requests the House to take up the Motion of Thanks today and discussion of the Budget tomorrow.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel agrees. He also suggests extending the session.

Chairperson M. Venkaiah Naidu says he will proceed with Zero Hour now since he has accepted some notices.

In Lok Sabha, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh is answering questions pertaining to nutri-farming. Opposition members led by Congress raise slogans seeking JPC into Rafale deal.

Rajya Sabha assembles. Ministers lay various papers on the table of the House.

Lok Sabha assembles. Question Hour is being taken up.

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