Friday, March 31, 2017

NDA govt should come clear on its 'leather policy', says Congress MP


New Delhi, Mar 31: The Congress today sought to question the Government on its 'leather policy' and said often contradictory messages are being given out by the ruling dispensation on matters relating to the sector. Initiating the debate on the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha, Congress Member Ranjeet Ranjan said the BJP-led Central government has been giving "contradictory messages" on usage of leather itself.

On one side, a state government run by the saffron outfit is taking all actions against those who deal with leather while on the other hand the Commerce Minister was piloting a bill on "footwear design and developments".

Her remarks were obviously aimed at making a veiled attack on the new Uttar Pradesh government headed by Yogi Adityanath. 
"Your Chief Minister is reported to have thrown out all goods made of leather from his official residence," Ms Ranjan said."What does this government want?" Ms Ranjan asked. She said the Government's decision on how to deal with leather and those who work in the industry are imperative as "raw material is an important component" to promote the leather industry.
The vocal Congress member also referred to closure of leather units in Kanpur and also expressed apprehension that one day all the seats in the House "made of leather" could be changed. However, she was countered strongly by BJP Member Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who said the Congress MP has perhaps failed to appreciate the true spirit of the Bill. "This Bill has taken care of a long term perspective and it will take care of the overall bigger canvass of the entire life-style industry," he said.

Parrikar-Digvijaya shout it over in Upper House

Furious Congress members broke into jeers when Manohor Parrikar entered the Rajya Sabha (March 31) during the fag end of Zero Hour, his first appearance since resigning as Union Defence Minister. 
         Even as Mr Parrikar attempted to thank all for the support extended to him, Mr Singh protested to the chair, saying he should not be allowed to speak as he had ''killed democracy in Goa'' amid the ensuing din. Mr Parrikar thanked all for supporting him as Defence Minister, before pointedly thanking Mr Digvijaya Singh,  ''I also thank Mr Digvijaya Singhji, because he was roaming around in Goa and I was able to form the Government in Goa.''  Loud jeers emanated from the Opposition Congress benches as its members tried to drown the former union minister's words. Mr Singh could be heard saying over the din ''he has stolen the mandate of Goa...we will not allow him to speak.''

Congress leader in charge of Goa Digvijaya Singh was at the receiving end when Goa Chief minister Manohar Parrikar made a backhanded compliment and thanked him for handing the state to the BJP on a platter, saying that while the former was "roaming  around in Goa, I was able to form the Government in Goa''.  
  The newly appointed BJP Chief Minister was able to wrest government formation from Congress despite not having adequate numbers with the support of smaller parties and Independents.

On April 1, Digvijaya sought to pay it back attacking the former Defence Minister. 
"Shame on you Mr Parrikar and your hunger for Power. You have cheated the People of Goa. Apologise to them," Mr Singh, AICC general secretary In-charge of Goa, said in a series of tweets.

"Manohar Parrikar thanks me for letting him form Govt in Goa. If he has to thank anyone, it is Nitin Gadkari who did aggressive MLA Shopping on 12th March early morning from Hotel in Goa," the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister wrote in another tweet.

TDP MP moots "expiry dates" for currency notes

New Delhi, Mar 30 : TDP MP Jayadev Galla made ingenious suggestion to curb
flow of black money and high value currency when he said the government should think of introducing a system under which there is "expiry" dates for the notes.
"Why don't we look at an expiry date on high value bank notes," he said.
The Member of Parliament from Guntur made his suggestion while participating in the debate on the Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha.
He said to curb the risk of "hoarding" of high value currency notes, the government should think of putting in "expiry" date in high value currency notes. Mr Galla, once rated as one of the best CEOs, also said instead of circulating Rs 2000 value notes, the government should introduce Rs 200 currency.

BJP MP says like medicos after God; Health Minister Nadda's importance comes after Modi

New Delhi, Mar 30 (UNI) In quite a tongue-in-cheek observation, the BJP MP Anurag Thakur today threw the entire Lok Sabha into a peal of laughter when he said like doctors' role come after God, for many people the importance of Health Minister J P Nadda would come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Initiating the debate on Sustainable Development Goals in the Lok Sabha, the BJP Member said the role of the government in bringing about drastic changes in health services cannot be understated.
Continuing further on this, "Bhagwan ke baad jaise Doctor hotey haen; Pradhan mantri ke baad, Nadda ji aap aten haen (To patients as doctors come after God, for many, Mr Nadda you come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi)". The remarks obviously led the entire House into a peal of laughter.
Mr Nadda, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Himachal Pradesh, was also present in the House. Incidentally, Anurag Thakur is Lok Sabha Member from Hamirpur.The debate on Sustainable Development Goals also saw some skirmishes between Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Dr Ratna De Nag, who was on the Chair.
Dr Nag, Trinamool MP from Hooghly took exceptions to Mr Chowdhury's remarks that a "section" of doctors are not doing their job properly and are "indifferent" to the problems of the patients.
"May be there are exceptions," Dr Nag remarked. The Congress member, however, insisted his complaint was against only a section of medicos. "If doctors are demi God, we also have high expectations from them," Mr Chowdhury said.
Then again when the Congress Member spoke about "bare footed doctors", still on Chair, Dr Nag asked "will you go to bare footed doctors".
The vocal West Bengal Congress president still remained defiant and said, "Why not madam, if the quacks are effective".

Trinamool MP calls Babul Supriyo "flying bird", Minister says he keeps a bird's eye view

Trinamool Congress Member Saugata Roy on March 30 had a minor altercation with
Asansol Member Babul Supriyo with the former calling Union Minister a "flying bird".
The singer-turned-BJP lawmaker countered the senior Member by stating, he does not mind being called a flying bird.

"By flying I am able to keep a bird's eye views on what's going on in West Bengal. Moreover, I have been singing like a bird," Mr Supriyo said in the Lok Sabha.
The clash happened during general discussion on Sustainable Development Goals.
Participating in the debate, Mr Roy lauded various initiatives being taken by the Mamata Banerjee government to improve the conditions of health services in West Bengal.
On this, Mr Supriyo said some of the claims from the Trinamool Congress Member may not be true.
At this, Mr Roy maintained, "Babul Supriyo does not know the ground reality in the state as he is only a flying visitor to Bengal and mostly stays in Mumbai".
The Trinamool Member also said that under Asansol parliamentary constituency -- all the seven assembly seats went to Mamata-led outfit.
The Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries Mr Supriyo again shot back saying, "It is true all seven seats under Asansol are not with us (BJP). But the fact remains that I am a fighter. 
A politician is known by the fight he puts on....And I have been fighting Dada (Saugata Roy) and his party"."Yes, I would like to fly as a bird as I have been singing like a bird too," he said.Before joining politics in 2014; Babul Supriyo made his name as a playback singer in Bollywood with some popular songs like "Dil Ne Dil Ko Pukara" in 'Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai' the debut film of Hrithik Roshan.

Trinamool MP surprises Speaker, questions her on 'uncleared' projects

New Delhi, Mar 30 (UNI) Trinamool Congress Member Satabdi Roy today indulged in a quite unprecedented conduct when she questioned Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on how many times members need to write to Union Ministers and how much time is required to ensure that a project is finally through.
"Mera prashna aap se hai ki kitne minister ko kitne chitthi dene se kitne baar project dene se, kitne baar milne ke baad wey kaam karenge. Yeh aap se janna hai (My question is for you, I would like to know from you, how many times should MPs meet Ministers and write to them to get the projects cleared)," the Birbhum Member said during Question Hour.
She was asking Supplementary to Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar when the Minister was answering to a query from BJP Mahesh Girri on rural development and poverty alleviation projects. However, amid the mild din, the Speaker promptly said, "aisa nahi hota (This is not the way)".
"They (Ministers) will function according to the time and money they have...This is not the way," Ms Mahajan told the actress-turned-politician.


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