Parliament updates live | Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon

Rajya Sabha will take up the National Sports University Bill and The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill. Both Bills were passed in the Lok Sabha.

A Bill to prohibit unregulated deposit schemes is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Here are the live updates:

e-NAM platform

Trinamool Congress member Ratna De Nag asks about e-NAM platform. The electronic National Agriculture Market or e-NAM is available in 14 States. It is a pan-India electronic trading portal which networks the existing APMC mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities.

The NAM Portal provides a single window service for all APMC related information and services. This includes commodity arrivals & prices, buy & sell trade offers, provision to respond to trade offers, among other services. While material flow (agriculture produce) continue to happen through mandis, an online market reduces transaction costs and information asymmetry.

Over 1 crore farmers have registered themselves in the platform, says MoS Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

‘Where is the consumer protection Bill?’

In Lok Sabha, BJD member Bhartruhari Mahtab asks about the status of Consumer Protection Bill. Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan says the bill has passed the standing committee’s scrutiny and will be introduced soon. In a lighter vein, he adds if the Opposition assures the Bill will be passed, we will bring it in a day or two.

A member alleges that manufacturers are not passing the benefits to the consumers. Mr. Paswan says the companies have been asked to mention the old and new price so that consumers know that prices have slashed. 

Rajya Sabha adjourned

In Rajya Sabha, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu makes three requests to members: please be punctual, please don’t distract the proceedings, and please stay back while passing Bills!

Mr. Naidu had earlier also expressed displeasure when members don’t stay back during the discussion.  He cites Monday’s example where only 156 members were present for a crucial bill on constitution amendment.

As he proceeds with Zero Hour, members want to take a discussion on Muzzafarpur rapes. House is adjourned.

N.K. Premachandran poses a question on consumer rights. He says consumers file a compliant using toll free number, but consumer forums seek documentary evidence. Will the government make the manufacturer, dealer and the service agency liable for the damage, he asks.

Minister C.R. Choudhury suggests Alternate Dispute Redressal (ADR) to address issues arising out of warranty period. There is a national consumer helpline number and consumers can avail this feature. The docket numbers given during complaints can be shown as an evidence, he adds.

Obituary reference

Rajya Sabha mourns the death of Congress veteran leader R.K. Dhawan. He was a former member of the Rajya Sabha.

Lok Sabha pays tribute to its former member Krishna Kumari.

Ahead of the parliament session both the BJP and Congress members held separately meetings. While the BJP members felicitate the Prime Minister for smooth passage of Bills in both the Houses, Congress is learnt to have discussed the issues to be raised in the House.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on Monday, took to Twitter to ask the government "where are the jobs?" It was raised by Congress leader on Lok Sabha Mallikharjun Kharge too on Monday during a discussion on the SC/ST Amendment Bill.

RJD members protest against Muzzafarpur child shelter home rapes.

RJD members protest against Muzzafarpur child shelter home rapes.
| Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

The RJD members protest against the sexual abuse reported at a shelter home in Muzzafarpur. They staged a walk out from Lok Sabha on Monday.

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