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Lok Sabha: Discussion on no-confidence motion on Friday

In a move aimed to ensure smooth functioning of Monsoon session of Parliament, Speaker of Lok Sabha has accepted the No Confidence motion moved by Opposition parties. It will be taken up on Friday.

Congress’s Malikarjun Kharge and some TMC MPs expressed apprehensions that the attendance may be low on Friday and sought a change in the date. However the Speaker refused to accept their demand.

TDP MP K Srinivas had moved the notice that has been accepted. Sumitra Mahajan took the decision after a head count of over 50 MPs from Cong, RJD, NCP, CPM, and RSP supporting the motion.

Government has expressed readiness for a discussion on the motion.

BJP has issued three-line whip over No Confidence Motion. Party has also asked its allies in NDA to issue the whip to its MPs.

Meanwhile, Ahead of the session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed hope that the Monsoon Session will function smoothly. He said all the issues of national interest will be discussed on the floor of the house.Prime Minister also hoped that the members of parliament will set an example for state assemblies across the nation.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured the House that the government will not allow any dilution of the SC/ST Act. He spelt out the steps the Modi government has taken to strengthen the Act including setting up of special courts and increasing the list of crimes under its ambit.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh answering a question on Nuclear plants in Lok Sabha said that 9 out of 10 approved Nuclear plants will be completed across several states by 2024-25. He said that several  stalled nuclear projects have been revived by the Modi government. Work is on in projects in Haryana and Gorakhpur which will be start functioning in the next 2-3 years.

He assured the House that rights of people living near these plants is of paramount importance. Jitendra Singh said that victims rights will be secured in case of any accident, and that all environmental norms are being stringently followed.

While answering a question in Lok Sabha, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that in the last four years NDA government gave two crore fifty two lakh rupees as scholarship to minority students. He said more than fifty percent beneficieries are girl students. Naqvi said that money was transferred directly to these students and thus loop holes in transfer of money have been plugged.

Communications Minister Manoj Sinha replying to a question asked by Shashi Tharoor said that 650 India Post Payment Banks are being launched this month, with more than 3000 access points. He reiterated the govt’s commitment to financial inclusion.

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