Rahul Gandhi had asked some question in Parliament, instead of mentioning that paper is being laid on table, the concerned minister started rolling out some papers at his disposal & started abusing and accusing Rahul Gandhi on some statement made by him outside the Parliament, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said
We have lodged our protest with the speaker that the concerned minister should express his regret, Chowdhury added.
“Rahul Gandhi has pleaded that his rights and privilege should be restored to ask questions and that he should get further opportunity once house is restored.”
“Our member rushed to well as he was emotionally triggered and if any wrongdoing is found on our part we will apologise.”
“This was just an attempt to deflect from issues and gain some mileage for the upcoming Delhi elections,” said Chowdhury
Criticism of PM is not an anti-national act. We want to make it clear that Rahul Gandhi or Congress has not expressed anything to cause hurt to the Prime Minister. We believe in Gandhian principles. The statement made was in context to exasperated youth. Rahul Gandhi was due to ask a question about a medical college in his constituency of Wayanad. A minister cannot violate the privileges of an elected member, said senior Congress leader Anand Sharma
Indian Railways has made a "miniscule" hike in fares of up to 4 paisa per km that will barely compensate 5 per cent of the Rs 55,000-crore losses incurred during the year, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said in Rajya Sabha on Friday.
Railways hiked passenger fares with effect from January 1 this year.
"As against Rs 8,000 crore which was the loss on passenger services in 2004, in the current period we are losing about Rs 55,000 crore on passenger services provided throughout the country. However, passenger fare increase is a very sensitive subject.... A very nominal increase was done," Goyal said replying to a query during Question Hour.
He said while there is no increase in fares in suburban services. In case of non-suburban services, a nominal increase of one paisa per km has been done and in case of non-AC and AC classes in Mail amd Express trains, the fare has been increased by two paisa per km and 4 paisa per km respectively.
"Costs keep going up. In fact after (implementation of) the 7th Pay Commission, costs have gone up drastically and therefore there is a... miniscule increase. Considering the cost and losses of Rs 55,000 crore, this will barely compensate 5 per cent of Rs 55,000 crore over the whole year," the minister said.
He said as against the current Rs 55,000 crore losses, Indian Railways suffered Rs 8,000 crore losses in 2004.
Terming price increase a sensitive matter, Goyal said, "This is a drop in the ocean towards making railways self- sufficient. Otherwise it will be impossible to improve or provide the services."
Goyal said Indian Railways has been continuously upgrading its services and facilities and during the last 5.5 years, it has undergone significant improvement in level of services, punctuality, cleanliness of stations, safety track record and the replacement of old and worn out equipment.
"Due to all these measures while on the one hand we are improving the railways operations and its passenger services, there is obviously a huge cost element," he said.
Goyal said there is no increase in suburban fare and the passenger segment of it comprised about 66 per cent of total number of passengers.
The List of Business in the Rajya Sabha on Friday includes tabling papers by two Union Minsiters and Private Members' Bills.
Union Ministers Parshottam Rupala and Angadi Suresh Channabasappa will lay papers on the table for their respective ministries -- Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Railways.
The revised list of the Rajya Sabha also has private members Legislative Business. The Bills of 16 members are listed for Friday.
Congress party has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha on "internal security situation in the country".
Ashok Bajpai, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over "commercialization of education."
BJP MP Kailash Soni has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over "demand for inclusion of Emergency's history in curriculum" and "concerns over stoppage of Samman Nidhi pension in some states".
Ram Nath Thakur, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) MP has given a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over "demand for caste specific census in 2021"
K K Ragesh, Communist Party of India (M) MP has given a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over "alleged criminal attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) teachers and students".
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday will make a statement in the Lok Sabha regarding the response of Centre to novel coronavirus outbreak in China.
Vardhan will also make a statement regarding the status of implementation of the recommendations contained in the 106th, 112th, 107th and 113th reports of the Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare on demands for grants 2018-19 pertaining to the Department of Health and Family Welfare, and Department of Health Research respectively.
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Congress leader of House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will present the thirteenth report of the Business Advisory Committee.
The List of Business also includes the general discussion on the Union Budget for 2020-2021, and the Private Member's Business.