Lok Sabha passes resolution on Kashmir, appeals for peace
In the resolution read out by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, the House appealed to all sections of the society in Jammu and Kashmir to restore the confidence among the people in general and youth in particular.
The House “conveys its deep sense of anguish and concern over the loss of lives and critical injuries caused by the deteriorating situation,” it said.
Amid thumping of desks by members from all sides, the resolution asserted that the House “is of the firm and considered view that there cannot be any compromise on unity, integrity and national security.
“It is equally an imperative that urgent steps are taken to restore order and peace for the alleviation of the sufferings of the people,” it said.
The resolution was read out by the Speaker after opposition parties suggested that she instead of Home Minister Rajnath Singh should propose it.
Earlier, leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge demanded that the House pass a resolution on Kashmir where the situation was turning complex and was deteriorating by the day. The House should appeal that the whole nation is united on the issue, Kharge said which was promptly agreed to by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Earlier Congress chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia was seen having some discussions with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Home Minister, apparently over the issue of adopting the resolution.
Earlier this week, the Rajya Sabha too had passed a resolution expressing its serious concern over the prolonged turbulence, violence and curfew in the Kashmir valley.
The Lok Sabha adopted the resolution unanimously shortly before the monsoon session was adjourned sine-die by the Speaker.
After the resolution was adoped, TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay remarked that this is the second incident in a week when the House has shown unanimity. Earlier, such unanimity was seen during passage of the long-pending Constititional Amendment Bill on GST Monday.
The resolution asserted that the House “is of the firm and considered view that while there cannot be any compromise on national security, it is equally an imperative that urgent steps are taken to restore order and peace for the alleviation of the sufferings of the people.”
The House “earnestly appeals to all sections of the society in Jammu and Kashmir and India, to work for the early restoration of normalcy and harmony and unanimously resolves to restore the confidence among the people in general and youth in particular,” it said.
Before the House took up the resolution, Bandyopadhyay sought to raise the issue of early clearance of MGNREGA arrears. He was, however, not allowed by the Speaker.
‘Highly productive’ Monsoon session ends; GST was highlight
Passage of the long-pending GST bill and a unanimous resolution on Kashmir were the highlights of the “highly productive” Monsoon session of Parliament which was adjourned sine die after 20 sittings.
The session also witnessed an Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann being barred from attending the Lok Sabha after he filmed and uploaded a video of Parliament complex on social media, an episode which is being probed into by a Parliamentary Committee set up by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Hailing the session as “highly productive”, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said the House debated issues of “national concern”, including the situations arising out of inflation, Kashmir violence and attacks on Dalits.
Echoing similar feelings, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan noted that while the House lost over 6 hours and 33 minutes of time due to interruptions followed by forced adjournments, it sat late for over 18 hours to discuss various important issues. While 13 legislations were passed by the Lower House, the Upper House approved 14 laws.
Besides the GST Constituional Amendment, the Bills which were passed include Benami Transactions (Prohibition) bill, Taxation laws (Amendment) bill, Factories (Amendment) bill, Employee’s Compensation (Amendment) Bill and the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) bill.
The proceedings of monsoon session of both Houses of Parliament commenced on July 18. While the Rajya Sabha deliberated for more than 112 hours during the 20 sittings, the Lok Sabha sat for 121 hours. As many as 59 elected, re-elected and nominated members joined the Rajya Sabha.
Incidentally, the Monsoon session of Parliament last year was a stormy affair which had witnessed several disruptions over the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam.