China’s border crossing attempts along LAC, economic debates dominate par proceedings

China’s attempts to cross the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, the government’s strong desire to help appoint the higher judiciary, and heated debates over the state of the economy were some of the issues that dominated proceedings in Parliament this week.

The Lok Sabha approved the supplementary applications for grants of Rs 3.26 lakh crore, mainly to fund the higher subsidy bill for items like fertilizer, food and cooking gas, alongside boosting capital spending in sectors like railways and roads.

The House of Commons also passed two bills amending the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order to add the Narikoravan and Kurivikkaran communities to the Scheduled Tribes (ST) list of Tamil Nadu and the Hattee community of the Trans Giri area of ​​Sirmour district in Himachal to include Pradesh in the Hill State ST list.

As opposition members raised the issue of clashes between Indian and Chinese troops near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament India had thwarted Chinese attempts to maintain the status quo along the LAC in the Tawang’s Yangste area -Sector “one-sided” to change . “On December 9, PLA troops attempted to cross the LAC in the Yangtze River basin of the Tawang sector and unilaterally change the status quo. The Chinese attempt was firmly and resolutely opposed by our troops,” Singh said in suo motu statements to the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

He said that there had been no fatalities or serious injuries on the Indian side and the Chinese troops had returned to their positions due to the timely intervention of the Indian Army commanders.

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Singh added that the Chinese side has been urged to refrain from such actions and to maintain peace and tranquility along the border.

In the Rajya Sabha, members of the opposition criticized the government for not allowing it to seek clarification on the defense minister’s statement and staged a strike.

During Question Time at the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju reiterated calls for a greater government say in appointments to the higher judiciary.

Rijiju said the issue of pending cases in court cannot be resolved until a new system for appointing judges is developed.

“We offer full support to end the pending cases in different courts. But appointments will continue to raise the issue until a new system is put in place. The issue of judicial vacancies and appointments continues to be raised,” he said.

“I do not wish to keep repeating this, but the system (of appointing judges) is not in line with the views of this House,” added the Minister.

Rijiju said the government has the right to make appointments to the higher judiciary.

“There was a constitutional provision for that, and that was in consultation with the courts. But everything changed after 1993,” he said.

The Lok Sabha witnessed a lively debate over the supplemental demands for grants, in which the opposition questioned the government’s handling of the economy.

Mahua Moitra, the ardent chairman of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), took part in the debate and said: “This government and the ruling party coined the term pappu. They use it to denigrate and label extreme incompetence. But the stats tell us who the real Pappu is.”

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Moitra accused Narendra Modi’s government of spreading “untruths” about the country’s growth and appealed to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to take control of the economy, which the TMC leader says is going downhill.

In response to the debate, Sitharaman Moitra hit back, saying “Pappu” is found in West Bengal.

“There is a question – who is the pappu, where is the pappu? In fact, if the honorable member only looks back to her own backyard, she will find Pappu in West Bengal,” she said.

Sitharaman assured the Lok Sabha that the government will take action to further reduce inflation, which has fallen below the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) upper tolerance limit of 6 percent.

The finance minister said there is no fear of stagflation as India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with low inflation rates.

The Lok Sabha also saw discussion of a resolution by private members on Anganwadi workers.

Smriti Irani, Minister for Women and Children’s Development, joined the discussion and said the government has lifted the Rs 1,400 monthly fee for Anganwadi workers granted during the tenure of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA). Rs 4,500 increased.

She said the budget allocation for the Anganwadi system has been increased by the government to Rs 18,208 crore in 2021-22.

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