Parliament Monsoon Session 2022 Live Updates: As the Monsoon Session of the Parliament continues, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs created a ruckus in both the Houses and demanded an apology from Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who addressed President Droupadi Murmu as 'rashtrapatni' on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Chowdhury said that he used the word "by mistake." Both the Houses were adjourned following the ruckus.
Since the Parliament session began last week, both the Houses have suffered frequent adjournments as the Opposition continued to protest, demanding a discussion on inflation, hike in GST prices, and the suspension of 24 MPs.
The suspended MPs, on the other hand, are holding a 50-hour-long relay protest near the Gandhi Statue site.
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TMC MPs suspended from the Rajya Sabha, during a sit-in protest at Parliament House complex in New Delhi, Wednesday evening, 27 July.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh during a protest against the Union government, near the Gandhi statue at Parliament House complex, in New Delhi, Thursday, 28 July.
TMC MPs suspended from the Rajya Sabha at a sit-in protest at Parliament House complex in New Delhi, Wednesday night, 27 July. The MPs are holding a 50-hour-long relay protest near the Gandhi Statue and will stay at the site through the night.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh with TMC MPs Shanta Chhetri and Mausam Benazir Noor during a protest against the Union government, near the Gandhi statue at Parliament House complex, in New Delhi, Thursday, 28 July.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh and TMC MPs, suspended from the Rajya Sabha, prepare their beds during a sit-in protest at the Parliament House complex in New Delhi, Wednesday, 2 July.
MPs have breakfast on the lawn of Parliament, in New Delhi, Thursday, 28 July.
The Monsoon Session, which began on 18 July, is scheduled to end on 12 August
Twenty Rajya Sabha MPs from the Opposition – including seven from the TMC and one from the AAP – were suspended from the proceedings of Parliament for the week on Tuesday
Four Lok Sabha MPs of the Congress were suspended for the remainder of the Monsoon Session on Monday
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the National Anti-Doping Bill, 2021
395 Non-Performers, Corrupt Officers Prematurely Retired in 8 Years: Govt
As many as 395 non-performing and corrupt Central government officers were prematurely retired from the service between July 2014 and June 2022, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.
Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply, "Government is vested with the absolute power to pre-maturely retire government servants in public interest by invoking the provisions of respective service rules/Fundamental Rule–56 (j)."
No Plan for Committee To Implement UCC, Law Panel Asked To Examine Issue: Govt
The government on Thursday said it does not propose to set up a committee to implement a uniform civil code (UCC) and added it has asked the Law Commission to examine various issues on the matter and make recommendations.
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said this in response to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
"Government has requested the Law Commission of India to undertake examination of various issues relating to uniform civil code and to make recommendation thereon," the minister said in his written reply.
Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha on 22 July, Rijiju had said no decision has been taken as of now on the implementation of a uniform civil code in the country as the matter is sub-judice.
A uniform civil code was a poll promise made by the ruling BJP during the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Govt Spent Over Rs 3,339 Crore on Ads in Five Years: Govt
The central government spent Rs 3,339.49 crore on advertisements in the print and electronic media over a five-year period from 2017, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
In a written reply, Thakur said the government had spent Rs 1,756.48 crore on advertisements in the print media from 2017-18 till 12 July this year.
The expenditure on advertisements in the electronic media in the same period was Rs 1,583.01 crore.
The expenditure was incurred by the government through the Central Bureau of Communication, Thakur said.
The minister said there was no expenditure incurred by any ministry or department of the government on advertisements in foreign media through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Sonia Gandhi Heckled 'Pack-Wolf Style': Mahua Moitra
Speaking on the ruckus in the Lok Sabha, Mahua Moitra said in a tweet, "Was in Lok Sabha when 75-year-old lady senior leader encircled and heckled pack-wolf style when all she did was walk over and speak (masked) to another senior lady panel chairperson. Disgusted to read BJP lies and false version in press."