Today’s Parliament session saw Members of the Parliament in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha discuss the Motion of Thanks to the Presidential Address.

In Lok Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah is set to introduce the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019. This is Mr. Shah’s first legislative business in the Parliament following the 2019 general elections and his subsequent appointment as a Cabinet Minister. The Minister will also speak on reasons for the ‘immediate’ passing of the Bill which was earlier introduced as an ordinance.

Tamil Nadu, in his Motion of Thanks, says that the 7-phase elections conducted over a period of two months was a laborious process. He suggests that such long-duration elections shuld be avoided in the future.

He expresses concerns over EVMs getting tampered with and reposed faith in the paper ballot system

Regarding simultaneous elections, he says he is not convinced about its feasibility. “Funds that should reach States should reach in time,” he adds that the Central government owes thousands of crores to Tamil Nadu. This money is necessary for implementing development schemes, he says.

Ram Chandra Prasad Singh appreciates the government’s old age pension scheme, but says that farmer pension scheme should be reworked.

Development has not happened evenly in all States, he says. Acknowledging the historical reasons for this, he says the Central government must work towards developing all States.

He suggests that age limit for reservation in education institutions, for SC/STs, creamy layer OBCs and the economically weaker sections, should be kept the same.