Parliament proceedings live | Both Houses adjourned till 12 p.m.

The Opposition continues to protest in both the Houses demanding discussions on the three farm laws and the Pegasus surveillance issue.

The Lok Sabha is scheduled to take up The Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 and The Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 today. The Rajya Sabha will discuss The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Here are the updates:

House resumes after the first adjournment of the day.

Rajya Sabha proceedings resume.

Question Hour begins.

G.V.L. Narasimha Rao asks about financial assistance provided to Uttar Pradesh, even as the Opposition raises slogans.

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon

Member Kanakmal Katara seeks information about the guidelines for setting up Farmer Produce Organisations (FPO).

Minister Kailash Choudhary says it is a vital project aimed at doubling the income of farmers. "For laghu and seemant farmers, at least 300 members are required to form FPO…after registration, financial support is provided to them under the FPO eco-system for agri infra development. They can set up food processing units, for which they are imparted training."

"More than seven issues related to farmers have been taken up during the Question Hour, but you (protesting Opposition Members) don’t want to participate in the debate," says Mr. Birla.

He adjourns the proceedings till noon.

Financial support to nurseries

Member Rajiv Pratap Rudy raises the issue of lack of nurseries for propagating new plant varieties.

Minister Kailash Choudhary says various agri institutions develop mother plants, which are provided to nurseries. "The Central government provides financial support to the nurseries. 50% subsidy is given for nurseries developed by individuals. The State governments get 100% financial support…in the past two years, 7.45 crore plants have been distributed," he says.

Mr. Rudy says, "People get plants from nurseries thinking that they would bear fruit, but having worked on them for three years, they finally realise it is not the case. What protection do you provide to such farmers?"

Minister Narendra Singh Tomar says the government have started registering nurseries. "So far, 691 nurseries have been registered…there will be an improvement in the quality of plants distributed through them."

FCI depot in Silchar

Member Rajdeep Roy says Silchar is a strategy location which links four States." In 2017, the BJP government in Assam started the process of land acquisition for setting up Food Corporation of India depot. However, it is slow and a no-objection is also required from the Railways."

Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti says Rs. 7 crore has been paid for land acquisition and additional sum is also being arranged. "The process will be completed soon. The FCI depot will soon start functioning."

Minister Piyush Goyal intervenes, accuses the Opposition of not participating in the discussion on issues related to farmers. "They only announced projects but did not bother to implement them. The work on FCI depot in Silchar had to be started in 2012, but it was initiated in 2017 when the BJP came to power in Assam. We are in touch with the Railways to resolve the pending issues…," he says

Om Birla asks Opposition to participate in debates

"In the last two years, villagers of Maharashtra have been deprived of benefits under the PM Fasal Bima Yojana," says Member Raksha Nikhil Khadse. Minister Kailash Choudhary says the Central government will release Rs. 203 crore as soon as it is received.

Speaker Om Birla urges the protesting Members, who have gathered in the well of the House, to participate in the discussion on issues related to farmers. "You don’t want to participate in the debates. Please go back to your seats," Mr. Birla says.

Responding to a query, Minister Sanjeev Kumar Balyan says dairy is a State subject. "Milk rate is decided by the market. It is true that due to the rules against cow slaughter, farmers face problems…this is a State subject."

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 p.m.

Venkaiah Naidu reads out the names of Opposition leaders who have moved notice under Rule 267 to suspend business of the day. The Chairman declines to allow any of these motions

Opposition begins protesting in the House.

Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi moves point of order against Derek O’ Brien on his comments about passing Bills in the house like "Papri Chaat".

Mr. Naidu says to the Opposition: "Majority of the Members want the House to run. You cannot dictate your terms."

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi demands an apology from Mr. O’ Brien. "This is an insult to our country and our Parliament," Mr. Joshi says.

The Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 12 p.m.

Opposition begins to raise slogans in Lower House

Lok Sabha proceedings resume, Speaker Om Birla is presiding over the House.

Opposition Members begin raising slogans.

Question Hour starts.

Proceedings begin in the Upper House

Rajya Sabha Proceedings for the day begin.

Report on Standing Committees of Transport Tourism and Culture, Finance, Labour (Loss of jobs during the lockdown), Social Justice, Water Resources tabled in Rajya Sabha.

Lok Sabha

Bills for consideration and passing

The Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021

The Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021

Rajya Sabha

Bills for consideration and passing

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Bills for consideration and return

The Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2021

The Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2021

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