New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Naresh Agrawal raised the issue of increasing the salaries of MPs during the Rajya Sabha proceedings in the monsoon session of Parliament. Referring to the seventh pay commission, he said, “Our salary is less than our secretary.” Naresh Agarwal said that salaries of MPs should also be linked to the seventh Pay Commission. Congress MP Anand Sharma also supported Naresh Agrawal. Anand Sharma said that as much humiliation of MPs in India is not done anywhere. Because here people say that we increase our salaries themselves.
Disruption in the Lok Sabha, proceedings disrupted
In the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, opposition parties raged on issues related to farmers and atrocities against Dalits and minorities, which led to the proceedings of the House interrupted for some time. As soon as the proceedings of the house started, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge sought to raise these issues but he was not allowed to do so.
Immediately, the opposition members moved towards the seat of the Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and started sloganeering.
Central Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, “Today the agriculture is informed in the agenda of the House, so I urge the opposition members to debate issues related to agriculture and farmers.”
Kumar said, “We are ready for debate, so please do not interfere in the proceedings of the House.”
He said that the government will inform the Parliament about what he is doing for the welfare of the farmers.
The president tried to run the question hour between the ruckus. Mahajan suspended the proceedings in the House till 12 noon.
Mahajan said, “You just want to make a ruckus. You do not want to discuss.”
Government ready for debate on every issue: Ananth Kumar
Union Minister Ananth Kumar on Wednesday urged the opposition parties to take the proceedings smoothly and said that the government is ready for positive talks on all issues in both the Houses. Kumar said after the meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliamentary Party, “We expect that both Houses of Parliament will function smoothly.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present at the meeting.
The BJP leader said, “I urge the Opposition parties to give a positive debate in both the Houses. The government is ready to debate and discuss all issues.” In the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, the leaders of opposition parties raged in a number of issues like violence by the mob, oppression of Dalits, and suicides of farmers, after which the proceedings of the two houses were postponed.
Rajya Sabha member and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Tuesday accused the Rajya Sabha of resigning from the Rajya Sabha that she was not allowed to speak against the atrocities committed on Dalits in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
Concerned about the meeting of the Parliamentary Party, Union Chemicals, Fertilizers, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that in the meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley briefly told party MPs about the smooth implementation of the goods and services in the country.