The Lok Sabha resumed discussion on the motion of thanks to the President’s Address on Thursday afternoon. Participating in the discussion, Rajiv Ranjan Singh of the JD(U) said backward states need to be developed on a priority basis for India to become a global leader.
Pinaki Mishra of the BJD said the oil prices have a cascading effect on inflation which needs to be looked into by the Government. He urged to make efforts in increasing teledensity in the country with special attention to areas where the telecom connectivity is poor. He asked the roll back of the move to call All India Service officials to central deputation without the state governments’ consent.
Nama Nageswara Rao of the TRS demanded a national policy on paddy procurement.
Rajiv Pradhap Rudy of the BJP said health insurance has reached even the country’s farmers and the poorest of the poor. He said the Centre’s effort to roll out 5G will open up greater opportunities for the youth.
Meanwhile, the DMK members resorted to sloganeering by trooping into the well of the House. Seeking to restore order, Speaker Om Birla asked the party leader TR Baalu to speak on the issue over which they were agitated. Mr Baalu said the bill that was passed unanimously in the Tamil Nadu legislature seeking to exempt the state from the NEET examination in undergraduate medical admissions has been returned to the Assembly Speaker by the Governor.
He said it is against the collective will of the people, adding, the bill should have been sent to the President for his assent. He demanded the recall of the Governor. Later, the DMK MPs staged a walk out. At this point, Minister Narendra Singh Tomar remarked that it is inappropriate to raise the issue of removal of a state Governor in the House.
After the resumption of the discussion on the President’s Address, Mahua Moitra of the AITC said the Government seeks to alter history. She said the mowing down of farmers in Uttar Pradesh will not be forgotten by the people.
Hasnain Masoodi of the JKNC said the federal structure of the country should be respected.
Manickam Tagore of Congress charged the Centre of discrimination.
Dr Sujay Vikhepatil of the BJP said the flagship programmes like the Start Up India and the Atma Nirbhar Bharat initiatives are being promoted by the Centre in a cooperative spirit. He said key sectors like farming and exports are being given a boost by the Centre by way of giving different incentives and relief.