Parliament updates live | TDP members continue protest seeking SCS

The Lok Sabha is likely to take up the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018. The Rajya Sabha will take up three Bills passed by the lower House: The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018, The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Here are the live updates

Digvijaya Singh of the Congress raises the issue of contaminated water in the Narmada river.

Congress member Venugopal asks about call drops and expansion of 4G network. The Minister says Airtel and Jio have completely rolled out 4G services. State-run BSNL is providing 4G in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, we will expand soon, he says.

On call drops, the Minister says wireless networks are reason behind the issue. We are increasing optical network, it will end soon, he adds.

The House takes up the next question on promotion of BPOs. Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad responds to a Member’s question on the number of units begun and jobs created.

Elumalai Vellaigounder of the AIADMK says BPOs are concentrated in urban areas. He asks the Minister if there are actions to take BPOs to rural areas. The Minister responds that in Tamil Nadu, BPOs are now in Madurai, Mayiladuthurai, Thirupatthur, Vellore and other such places.

Sushmita Dev of the Congress asks if the government plans to start a BPO in one of the three districts of the Barak valley in Assam. Ms. Dev represents the Silchar constituency. Mr. Prasad says that BPOs are now operating in Guwahati. He says requisite, eligible companies should file the bid.

BJD Member Arjun Charan Sethi asks the Minister to visit Odisha.

Narendra Jadhav (Nominated member) speaks about Chinese investment in Indian financial institutions. He says Alibaba has applied NBFC status through Paytm. The Chinese could capture the financial services sector. They could get access to personal data, which could jeopardise national security, he warns.

He also says 100 per cent FDI in NBFCs will destroy domestic financial services sector. Many members associate with him.

Member says sorry

YSR Congress Member Vijaisai Reddy regrets for what happened on Tuesday. He had argued with the Chair and complained that he wasn’t given adequate time. "I am sorry for the incident that happened yesterday," he says.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad says whatever happened yesterday was unfortunate. Any issues could be taken up outside the House or during Business Advisory Committee but not with the Chair, he says.

The Chair asks the members to move on. He also points out members are not adhering to time limit. Citing the example of former Manmohan Singh, Mr. Naidu says the former Prime Minister used his alloted time to convey what he wanted to convey. 

Piyush Goyal, Railways Minister, responds to questions on Adarsh Railway Stations. On a question if number of stops would be added to express trains, Mr. Goyal replies in negative saying additional stoppages will increase the delay and feasibility would be an issue. "We will still consider these proposal though," he says.

In Rajya Sabha Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu informs the House that T. Subbirami Reddy wouldn’t be able to attend the rest of the session owing to ill-health. No amendments in the rest of the session, he remarks in a lighter vein. Mr. Reddy is known to bring numerous amendments to every government Bill.

Both Houses convene.

Lok Sabha takes up Question Hour. Ministers are laying statements pertaining to the ministry in Rajya Sabha.

The TDP members show placards demanding Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

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