Parliament LIVE Updates: Narendra Modi responds to Motion of Thanks on President's Address in Rajya Sabha

10:47 (IST)

World expects India to contribute to planet's betterment: Modi

Thanking over 50 MPs for expressing their views in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. "Even family members couldn't help each other. The world was worried on how India would tackle the crisis," he said, calling the virus an "unknown enemy".

"The eyes of the world are on India. There are expectations from India and there is confidence that India will contribute to the betterment of our planet," Modi said.

10:41 (IST)

Narendra Modi lauds President's address, hits out at Opposition boycott

Replying to the Motion of Thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the address was an important step towards realising the Aatmanirbhar Bharat goal even as the world faces unprecedented challenges.

"It would have been nice had everyone had listened to President Kovind's address. However, the address was so powerful that those who didn't hear it also realised its importance," he said, hitting out at the Opposition for boycotting the address.

India is a land of opportunities, he said, adding that the 75th year of Independence should be celebrated as a festival of inspiration.

10:31 (IST)

National Clean Air Programme to be implemented in several cities, says Prakash Javadekar

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said National Clean Air Programme will be implemented in several cities across India, in response to a question on air pollution by Dr Amar Patnaik, 

Javadekar further said air pollution in every city is different because of a variety of factors. "Delhi suffers from air pollution, especially in winters, while Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore do not suffer from air pollution as severly as Delhi because of wind flow and the type of soil found in those cities," he said.

10:29 (IST)

Lok Sabha to discuss Union Budget

in the Lok Sabha, a general discussion on the Union Budget is scheduled to take place today.

Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will move that the Bill to further amend the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, be taken into consideration and passed.

10:28 (IST)

Bills likely to be moved in Rajya Sabha

MoS G Kishan Reddy is expected to move the Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws Second Act, 2011.

10:28 (IST)

MPs give suspension of business notice over Uttarakhand floods, TRP scam

CPI MP Binoy Viswam gave a suspension of business notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha over the flash floods in Chamoli, Uttrakhand. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi also gave a suspension of business notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to discuss the investigation of TRP scam.

10:13 (IST)

Entire country is concerned about Uttarakhand floods: Venkaiah Naidu

Earlier in the day, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu spoke in the Rajya Sabha about the Uttarakhand flash floods. The Hindu quoted him as saying, "As far as the issue of Uttarakhand is concerned, the entire country is concerned. Today morning, I spoke to the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, and he said all efforts are on."

10:02 (IST)

Modi to speak in Rajya Sabha soon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to speak in the Rajya Sabha at 10.30 am. He will deliver his response to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address.

Parliament LATEST News and Updates: Parliament proceedings have resumed on Monday morning, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to deliver his response to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address, after the Question Hour in the Upper House.

He is slated to begin speaking at 10.30 am.

Lok Sabha proceedings were a virtual washout on Friday as relentless protest by Opposition members against the Centre's three farm laws continued for the fourth consecutive day, even as signs emerged that normal functioning could resume from Monday.

On 3 February, Locket Chatterjee of the BJP had initiated the discussion on the Motion of Thanks but she could not complete her speech due to disruptions.

She has not yet resumed her speech.

While demanding repeal of the three laws, Opposition parties are also insisting on a stand alone debate on the farmers' issue. The government has maintained that Opposition can raise the farmers' issue during the debate on the Motion of Thanks.

On Friday, Lok Sabha was adjourned first till 6 pm after Opposition members disrupted the proceedings demanding repeal of the laws and shouted slogans from the Well of the House.

As soon as the House convened at 4 pm, members from the Congress, Left parties and the DMK rushed to the Well raising slogans against the new agri laws and holding placards.

Speaker Om Birla continued with the Question Hour with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan responding to supplementary questions on COVID-19 vaccination.

As Opposition members continued to raise slogans, Birla appealed to them to participate in the Question Hour as an important issue related to vaccination was being discussed.

While Congress, DMK and Left members were in the Well, members from the TMC did not participate in raising slogans. Trinamool Congress members remained seated on their benches.

Around 4.15 pm, Birla adjourned the House till 6 pm.

With no letup in the protests when the House reconvened in the evening, the Speaker adjourned its proceedings till Monday after his plea to opposition members to go back to their seats went unheeded.

With inputs from PTI

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