Source: News Bharati English07 Feb 2017 10:47:15

New Delhi, February 7: The Seventh day of the Budget session also saw a heated debate in both the houses. Reacting to opposition disrupting the proceedings of Parliament, the government has said that the country has become prosperous and governance corruption-free during the past two and half years while making strides on the development path. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on the resumed discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, all measures have been taken to make the country scam-free.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reply to the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President's address to the joint sitting of Parliament in the Lok Sabha today. The House concluded the discussion last night. The motion was moved by Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma.

Rejecting allegations by opposition parties that sufficient funds were not allocated to SCs, STs and Minorities, the Minister said, the share of minorities in the Central government employees has gone up from 5.3 percent to over 9 percent. Quoting the Minority Commission's report, Naqvi said, communal incidents have decreased by over 200 percent during the past two and half years.

Earlier, Sitaram Yechury of CPI (M) alleged that deception, disruption, and deviation are the essences of the President’s address. He said the Government is not allowing people to think what he called its unwarranted measures like demonetisation. He said the charges on the digital transactions are hurting the people. Alleging irregularities, Ahmed Patel of Congress demanded a thorough inquiry into the exchange of notes after demonetisation. Another party leader Rajeev Shukla said the Government has failed to take proactive steps to reform the judiciary and ensure Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers for their produce.

The Lok Sabha also held a discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament. Initiating the discussion, Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma highlighted the achievements of the government. He said the government is committed to providing good, transparent and corruption free governance. He said schemes launched by the Centre are focusing towards the poor, farmers and deprived sections of the society. Launching a scathing attack on the Opposition for not supporting the Prime minister on demonetisation, the Minister said, they should have shown magnanimity by hailing the move.

Before Mahesh Sharma started speaking, Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to raise issues related to the death of former Union Minister E Ahmad as the House met after the first adjournment at noon. The Speaker did not allow. Protesting against this, Congress, RJD and Left members staged a brief walkout.

Mallikarjun Kharge tried to corner the government on the issue of demonetisation. He accused the government of implementing it without any concrete planning resulting in hardships to the common man. He sought to know from the government how much black money has been unearthed post  demonetisation.

P Venugopal of AIADMK asked the government to remove the hardships of people living in rural areas hit by demonetisation. Sougata Roy of TMC termed the President’s address as half-truth as it does not speak about the reality.