Parliament Monsoon Session Live Updates: Opposition to cooperate with Centre to pass Constitution Amendment Bill in both houses

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority ActA view of the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: As it briefly came into session on Monday, the Lok Sabha introduced the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The Bill amends the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order of 1950 and permits the Parliament to modify the list of notified STs in it. The Bill also aims to restore power to the states to identify backward classes.

Two other bills — Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 — were passed in the house.

Meanwhile, the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009, to provide for the establishment of a university in the the Union territory of Ladakh, was passed by the Rajya Sabha. Both the Houses have adjourned for the day.

This year’s Parliament Monsoon Session, scheduled to end on August 13, was dominated by multiple adjournments and Opposition protests and demands to discuss the issues of Pegasus snooping, farm bills, hike in fuel prices among other things. As the session enters its last week, the possibility of a smooth house functioning seems grim. The Opposition parties on Sunday reiterated that they will not back down and continue to insist on a discussion of the concerned issues. The government, on the other hand, is unlikely to engage in one.

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Monsoon session enters last week; RS passes Tribunals Reforms Bill; Opp to continue its protests and demand discussions. Follow this space for the latest updates.

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72 seconds out of 45 min: Lok Sabha TV coverage of Opposition in House last sitting

Accusing Lok Sabha TV of shutting it out, the Opposition, which has been seeking a discussion on the Pegasus issue and farm laws that triggered the farmer agitation, says its protests are only shown on screens inside the House, and not beamed across the country.

On Friday, when Lok Sabha last met, LSTV showed Opposition protests for all of 72 seconds – House proceedings lasted a total of 45 minutes over two sittings that day.

Opposition MPs, however, were not in their seats, except during the first few minutes when Speaker Om Birla paid tribute to the victims of the 1945 Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings and congratulated India’s wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya for winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Members of the Congress, DMK, Left parties and TMC were in the well of the House, protesting during the proceedings which lasted from 11 am to 11.21 am.

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