Budget Session: Rajya Sabha talks about women empowerment, Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

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Both houses reconvened for the Budget session on Wednesday after a highly dramatic ending on Tuesday. 

Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha Speaker and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressed the House on 

Ambika Soni of Congress, a senior woman politician speaks. She says the Women Reservation Bill is still pending. Why don’t we at least pass a resolution saying we are with the women, she says.

Viplove Thakur asks if any panel in Rajya Sabha has women’s reservation. Let’s begin the change here. Our mindset is backward. Let’s bring the change from this House, she says. I will consider your plea, says Mr. Naidu.

Tiruchi Siva’s recommendation to exempt sanitary napkins from GST supported by the chairman “Good suggestion, Siva,” says Mr. Naidu.

Harivansh (JD-U) wishes all women. He recalls Bihar was the first state to bring 50 per cent reservation in Panchayat polls. He seeks a stricter law to deal with child sexual abuse.

The nominated member of Rajya Sabha KTS Tulsi remembered her mother on International women’s day, he said,”she was not allowed to take part in a Kavi Sammelan in 1936. She recites the poem that challenges patriarchy.”

Some members complaint about translation. Mr. Naidu says “I will translate. If you want better English translation Renukaji will do. If you want Oxford English, ask Jairam Ramesh.

Derek O’Brien of TMC says in Trinamool Congress 34% of MPs are women. Other parties can take the cue, he says. He also suggests West Bengal’s Kanyashree scheme can be expanded to the entire country.

After discussing Women Empowerment, members took up different issue which led to a ruckus in the house.

House adjourned till 2pm.

Lok Sabha 

Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan greeted the members on International Women’s day. She said, “Kal ko mathe par tilak sa rakh aaj ki ungli pakad chal rahi hai woh ujjwal bhavishye ki ore dig bhraamit ko vishw darshan karane. Mein sabhi mahilaon ko antarrashtriya mahila diwas par badhaai deti hun.”

The Lok Sabha was disrupted once again on Thursday amid continuing protests by the opposition over the Rs 12,600 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and other issues, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House till 12 noon soon after it met.

However, soon after, members of different parties once again trooped near the Speaker’s podium, raising slogans.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar urged the members to go back to their seats and said a discussion on banking irregularities could be taken up after the Question Hour.

“We are ready to have a discussion on banking irregularities after the Question Hour,” the Minister said.

As the protest continued, the House was adjourned till 12 noon.

On Wednesday, a meeting of floor leaders called by the Speaker remained inconclusive as Mahajan urged all parties to resolve their differences.

The Opposition members wanted a discussion on banking irregularities under a motion that would entail voting, while the government had agreed to a discussion without voting.

House adjourned till 12 pm after sloganeering begins.

Proceedings resume adjourning the house for the full day.

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