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Parliament today: Mourning quake & ministerial budgets

PRS Legislative Research’s Trina Roy reports:

In Lok Sabha today, during Zero Hour several members expressed their condolences to the families who have been affected by the earthquake in Nepal. The Minister at the end of the discussion replied to the debate informing the members about the Government of India’s rescue efforts. He stated that a High Level Inter Ministerial Team has been sent to Nepal to coordinate the rescue operations. It was also unanimously decided by a sense of the House that MPs would contribute their one month’s salary to the relief fund.

Lok Sabha continued the discussion on Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Members raised their concerns about the decreased allocation for the Ministry. Issues related to enrollment ratios and learning outcomes were raised by several MPs.

The Demands for Grants for the Ministry of Human Resource Development was passed after the Minister replied to the debate. The Minister pointed out that the number of children out of schools had decreased from approximately 81 lakh in 2009-10 to 60 lakh in 2013-14. Additionally the Minister outlined the Ministry’s progress and achievements so far and its future objectives.

Lok Sabha also then took up for discussion the Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Issues related to police modernization, infrastructure development in areas affected by left wing extremism and decreased allocations for border management were commonly raised by MPs.

The Standing Committee examining the Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Home Affairs submitted its recommendations recently. The Committee recommended that the decision of the Ministry of Finance to delink schemes related to national security, from central funding, should be reviewed. In relation to disaster management, the Standing Committee further observed that there has been underutilization of funds related to infrastructure in the previous year, and allocations to the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project must be increased.

In Rajya Sabha discussion continued on the agrarian crisis and farmer suicides in various parts of the country.

Both the houses were sitting at the time of sending this Diary.

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