Parliamentary panel would like to be apprised of impact of internet suspension in J&K: Shashi Tharoor to Speaker
Monday, 31 August 2020 () Congress leader and chairman of Parliamentary standing committee on Information and Technology Shashi Tharoor has written to the Lok Sabha Speaker that the panel would like to be apprised of the impact of the suspension of internet services on Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor termed Union Minister Anurag Thakur's behaviour in Lok Sabha as unparliamentarily. Tharoor said, "Instead of answering objection raised on PM CARES Fund, Union Minister Anurag Thakur proceeded to deliver political speech in worst possible taste and started attacking everybody from Gandhi, Nehru to present-day Gandhi family which was not relevant. "Two times the house has been adjourned as neither they are apologizing nor we will let the house to do business as usual. Whatever is happening right now is injustice and unparliamentarily behaviour," he added.
PM Modi asked all parliamentarians send a message of support to the army soldiers who are guarding the border in tough terrains. Ahead of the parliament session, PM Modi said this session needs to send a message that the nation stands with our jawans. Our soldiers are standing firm at the borders with a lot of courage, passion and strong resolve to protect their motherland. They are standing on difficult heights and in a few days, will weather snow. In the same manner, I am confident MPs will send a message, in one voice that it stands firmly behind soldiers guarding our borders. Responding to PM Modi, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that no political party is against the Army but added that the government is accountable to the Parliament and needs to explain what has been happening at the border and in the talks with the Chinese. Tharoor added that the nation needs to be taken into confidence over the border tiff with China. Watch the full video for all the details.
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The business revival committee which was made by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) is expected to result in a new financial package for the traders in the valley. It is aimed to compensate the losses which business are facing since the last 15-16 months. After the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A, authorities have imposed restrictions in the Valley which was aimed to control the law and order situation in the union territory. This year due to COVID-19 induced lockdown economy of Jammu and Kashmir was further hit. Committee has already submitted the reports to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. He assured that JandK will soon get a financial package. Business community of JandK showed their gratitude towards LG Sinha. They are hopeful that people belonging to business community including-shopkeepers, hoteliers, transporters will get financial help soon.
During Lok Sabha session, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury called Centre a 'no data government'. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "Government told the Parliament that it didn't maintain any data on deaths of migrant workers who were trying to reach their homes after lockdown. Reports say over 1,000 died. When we ask questions on jobs, govt says it doesn't have data. This is a 'no data govt'." He further said, "More than 2 crores salaried employees have lost their job. 14 lakh workers have no work now. How can we expect growth in such a scenario."
A war of words broke out between the BJP and Congress over PM CARES Fund in the lower house of Parliament on September 18. Manish Tewari of the Congress said since the trust has the name of the institution of Prime Minister, its creation should have been done through Parliament. "Since the PM CARES Fund has the name of the institution of the Prime Minister attached to it, wouldn't it have been more appropriate if this fund would have been created through legislation rather than as a public trust," Tewari said. Responding to the criticism, Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur, recalled the formation of Prime Minister's National Relief Fund by former PM Jawaharlal Nehru in 1948. "Nehru ji ordered the creation of Prime Minister's National Relief Fund in 1948 like a royal order but its registration has not been done even till today. How did it get FCRA clearance? PM-CARES Fund is a public charitable trust which has been set up for the people of India. You (Opposition) created trusts for Gandhi family. Nehru and Sonia Gandhi have been members of PM's National Relief Fund. There should be a debate on this," Thakur questioned the Congress party.
A huge ruckus broke out in Lok Sabha after MoS Finance Anurag Thakur attacked Nehru and Sonia Gandhi during a discussion on PM CARES fund. Defending the fund, Thakur slammed the opposition’s constant attempts to question PM CARES fund and said that the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund created by then Prime Minister Nehru had not even been registered till now. ‘From 1948 till today, it has not been registered. How did it get (foreign contribution) FCRA clearance? The trust is not registered. PM CARES is a registered public charitable trust. This is for 130 crore people. You created a trust for the Gandhi family. Nehru, Sonia Gandhi were members of the PM National Relief Fund,’ Thakur said. Hitting back, a furious Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the Congress party had never dragged in PM Modi’s name and accused ‘Himachal ka Chokra’ of lowring the standard of discussion. Watch the full video for all the details on the tussle over PM CARES fund in Lok Sabha.
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During Lok Sabha session on September 18, BSP Lok Sabha MP Ritesh Pandey accused the centre government of bad governance for the failing economy. He further said that policies in the last 6 years, including demonetization, GST and others led to the downfall of the economy. Ritesh Pandey said, "This govt has given COVID-19 as a blessing in disguise as it can blame all policy failures of the last 6 years on this 'Act of God'. But people shouldn't forget that failure of once-promising economy is not an act of god but an act of bad governance."
During Lok Sabha session, DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran said the government is diluting GST compensation issue with 'Act of God' excuse. He said, "Government is diluting GST compensation issue with 'Act of God' excuse. How can centre expect states to carry on the additional burden of borrowing? This is nothing short of deception. We don't see any green shoots in the economy." He further said, "I urge the government and especially Finance Minister to release a white paper on existing economic crisis and to adopt a consultative approach with the opposition parties, state governments and industry representatives to boost confidence in the economy."
The row over hate speech on Facebook has turned into an open BJP vs Congress fight. While Facebook has been summed by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT, BJP MPs, who are members of the panel..
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