Delighted to speak to my friend, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.
We reviewed the dynamic India-Sri Lanka bilateral relationship including areas of development partnership, economic engagement, tourism, education, culture, regional & international issues of mutual interest.
Glad to announce $15 million grant to promote Buddhist ties between India & Sri Lanka.
Lord Buddha’s teachings have continued to guide us for ages. India would be delighted to host Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka on the first inaugural flight to Kushinagar International Airport.
India and Sri Lanka are committed to strengthen the economic partnership through enhanced trade and investment & early realisation of infrastructure & connectivity projects.
We will also continue and strengthen cooperation in defence and security to fight the dual menace of terrorism as well as drug trafficking.
September 26, 2020.Reading time less than 1 minute.
After the Indian diplomat walked out of Imran Khan’s address at the UN, India exercised its Right to Reply. It was a scathing response. Our First Secretary referred to the Pakistan prime minister’s speech as diatribe and spelled out his country’s horrendous record! Listen in…
Amit Malviya, In-charge of BJP’s national Information & Technology
Congress Party briefing by Dr Abhishek Singhvi and Anil Chaudhary at AICC HQ:
There is no clear cancellation of MSP but they have not left any existence of MSP. You say you can go to this mandi if you want, you can also sell it on MSP, but what is the justification to say that you have not canceled MSP?
There is no mention of MSP, no criteria for pricing despite that you are tricking the nation by saying that we have not removed MSP
Another point is contract farming. In 75 years, why didn’t our constitution makers think about contract farming
Now there is no limit to the amount of paddy you can store. The Government has changed that
Procurement in Punjab was 127 lakh tonnes in 2020 and Punjab’s earnings due to this was 740 crores. A total of ₹ 1470 crores and adhatis got ₹ 613 crores. Government institutions. FCI give this money
I want to say two points in context of what happened in Rajya Sabha –
I want to ask directly if there was quorum or not, half the people were sitting on one side then who checked the quorum?
5 to 7 people asked for division in front of me, but nobody paid heed
September 22, 2020.Reading time less than 1 minute.
Dr Subramanian Swamy – MP, Former Union Minister:
After hearing Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP Ms. Mahua Moitra on GST, I am convinced that scrapping the Jaitely-PC GST Act which as CM Narendra Modi had opposed, should be suspended because Ministry of Finance is unable to refund to States the mandatory Rs.2.3 lakh crores as per law.
This violation of all parliamentary procedures and denying MPs the right to discuss and opine in the legislation is undermining the basic fabric of Indian parliamentary democracy.
The Modi government will not be allowed to wreck the Parliament.
Misusing the serious concerns regarding the spread of the Covid pandemic, even this constricted parliament session has been curtailed and the government is keen to bulldoze all the 11 ordinances it has issued during the lockdown period are legislated as laws.
The MPs inalienable right to voice concern and vote was trampled with utter contempt. In a highly condemnable manner 8 RS MPs, who sought a division of vote, have been suspended.
These new laws are illegitimate, illegal and the President of India must send back these legislations to the Rajya Sabha for reconsideration under Article 111 of the Indian Constitution.
These laws will handover Indian agriculture, our produce and our markets to foreign and domestic agribusiness corporations.
This immensely benefits foreign and domestic corporates to reap super-profits, imposing misery both on the farmers and the people.
The proposals for “land pooling” and legalising the contract system with benefits to agribusinesses will completely destroy traditional farming. India’s food security is at stake.
Agriculture is a State subject under the Indian Constitution. These legislations bypass the elected state governments and hence a further serious undermining of federalism, a basic feature of our Constitution.
Support & participate in the call given by the kisan organisations for a countrywide massive protest action on September 25.
Congress Party Media Briefing by Ahmed Patel, Partap Singh Bajwa, Abhishek Singhvi and Shaktisinh Gohil:
Earlier they brought the Land Acquisition Act, which caused an uproar and left farmers angry. They had to take it back. They wanted to give land to the commercial sector & they couldn’t do it so they brought the law again in many states
No matter how much the PM or this government says that this day is very important for farmers, I would like to say that today is a black day
Especially in Punjab, Haryana and Western UP, the farmers who fed the country are being treated poorly. The attitude of the government with these farmers is very disturbing
The Agriculture Minister did not even talk to the stakeholders. You spoke to everyone but left our farmers
Every year, thousands of trucks with rice and wheat go from Bihar to the mandis of Punjab and Haryana. Traders profit from the MSP that should go to the farmers. Traders get the boost that the rural economy should get
The Government of India should enact a law that if grains are sold at less than the minimum support price, then the violators will be jailed, but they have not made any such provision
Many people moved the amendment, nobody was given a chance to speak, with which magic wand did this bill pass? We have therefore given a no confidence motion notice
Articles 14, 26, 28 and 67 of the list all relate to agriculture. An unconstitutional bill has been brought in, a bill that is against the federal structure. This unconstitutional bill will be repealed in the Supreme Court
It is written in our manifesto, “we will establish farmers markets with adequate infra and support in large villages.” There is mention of the agricultural commission, subsidies. You are trying to fool the country by telling them half truths
I congratulate PM Narendra Modi Ji and extend my best wishes to all the farmers of the country for the passage of the two govt’s bills in Parliament aimed at empowerment of farmers and betterment of agriculture. I thank all MPs and political parties who supported both the bills.
Two bills passed by Parliament; Farmers’ produce trade & commerce (Promotion & Facilitation Bill and Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement on Price assurance & farm services bill will help farmers giving freedom to sell anywhere & freeing them from clutches of middlemen.
MSP was offered to farmers before, is in force now and will remain in force in future and Govt. Procurement will continue.
These legislations will play a crucial role in fulfilling Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s vision to double farmers’ incomes and better their lives
Now, farmer will be his own boss! He can make his own decisions!
The new legislation empowers farmers & gives alternative marketing channels including E marketing platform. Farmers can get better remunerative prices. Farm related problems can now be resolved at his doorstep.
It is Modi Ji’s government which has implemented Swaminathan Commission recommendations; given farmers “Kisan Samman Nidhi” scheme, offered farmers PM Crop Insurance scheme with low crop insurance premium and allocated ₹1 lakh crore fund for creating agricultural infrastructure.
In 2019 LS polls, Congress party stated they would end APMC market system. After these legislations, APMC market yards and MSP will continue.
Modi Ji’s govt is making better alternatives available to farmers. Why do Rahul Gandhi and Congress grudge farmers’ being empowered?
Congress party never undertook any reforms for empowerment of farmers. It neither had the time nor the will to help farmers.
Misleading the farmers and the poor is the age old habit of Congress. Farmers are aware of its duplicity & will not be swayed by its fake propaganda.
Lok Sabha gives nod to the first batch of supplementary Demand for Grants of over Rs. 2.35 lakh crores for F.Y. 2020-2021. The supplementary funds will be pushed through various schemes to revive the economy from the effects of the global pandemic. Lok Sabha also passed Demands for Excess Grants for 2016-17.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Lok Sabha reply to the debate on Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2020-21 and Demands for Excess Grants for 2016-17 :
Tax devolution to the states has happened without disruption till today.
$537.5 billion forex reserve- never ever before did we have this much forex reserve.
As soon as PMGKY was announced, within 48 hours the money reached into the accounts of beneficiaries. This was possible because of Jan Dhan.
To twist what I said & to say the centre is reneging its responsibility is an absolutely irresponsible comment for a responsible govt led by PM Modi.
There’s no provision in the GST law to pay GST compensation to the states from the Consolidated Fund of India.
Highest ever spending is happening under MGNREGA which is something even our opponents must recognise.
PM Narendra Modi’s speech at the inauguration of Railway projects in Bihar. Excerpts. via My Gov India:
Today, new a milestone has been created in the field of rail connectivity and rail traffic in Bihar with the inauguration of the Kosi Mahasetu, Kiul Bridge and the launch of a dozen of other projects
Around 4 years ago, two Mahasetu connecting North and South Bihar were started, one in Patna and the other in Munger. With the commissioning of these two rail bridges between North Bihar and South Bihar, people have become more comfortable
The Kosi Mahasetu and Supaul-Asanpur Kupha route is ready to serve the people of Bihar. This will provide an alternative route not only to the local but also to the North Eastern region
Today, Indian Railways is cleaner than ever. The broad gauge rail network has been made safer than ever before by unmanned gates. The speed of Indian Railways has increased
About 90% of the rail network in Bihar has been completed. In the last 6 years, more than 3000 kilometers of railways have been electrified in Bihar
In the first 5 years of 2014, only 325 kilometers of new railway lines were started in Bihar. Whereas in the following 5 years after 2014, about 700 km of railway lines have been commissioned in Bihar
Today, there are more than 15 medical colleges in Bihar. A few days ago construction of a new AIIMS got approved in Darbhanga, Bihar. This will be a 750-bed hospital & will offer 100 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats