Parliament: Sitharaman says 'Budget provides strong stimulus for long term sustainable growth' | Highlights
New Delhi | Jagran Politics Desk: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday addressed the Rajya Sabha over Union Budget 2021 and said that it is instrument for 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'. Sitharamand also made veiled dig at the Congress and said that Centre's schemes are helping the poor in the country but not the "damaads".
Amid hopes to revive the COVID-19 pandemic-hit economy, Sitharaman had presented the Budget on February 1. The central government had earlier said that Sitharaman had presented four-five mini-Budgets in 2020 and Union Budget 2021 will be a part of it only.
Here are the LIVE Updates from Parliament Budget Session:
17:48 pm: Just In: Lok Sabha proceedings to be held at 10 am tomorrow, reports ANI.
16:18 pm: BJP Lok Sabha MP Sanjay Jaiswal has moved Privilege Motion Notice against Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, citing 'serious breach of privilege and contempt of the House on 11th February 2021'.
15:25 pm: BREAKING: Rajya Sabha adjourned till March 8
15:15 pm: Just In: Nirmala Sitharaman concludes her speech.
15:10 pm: 'Damaad', I didn't think is the trademark of Indian National Congress. Damaad har ghar mein hota hai. Magar Damad Indian National Congress mein ek specialised naam hai, says Nirmala Sitharaman.
14:53 pm: Loans sanctioned under Mudra Yojana - more than Rs 27,000 crores. Who takes Mudra Yojana? Damaads?, says Nirmala Sitharaman.
14:53 pm: Number of digital transactions via UPI from Aug 2016 till Jan 2020 - over 3.6 lakh crore. UPI is used by who? The rich? No. Middle class, smaller traders. Who are these people then? Is government creating UPI, facilitating digital transactions to benefit rich cronies? Some damads? No, says Nirmala Sitharaman.
14:48 pm: Defence Budget has not been reduced by the Centre, says Nirmala Sitharaman.
14:42 pm: Infrastructure creation, continuing reforms, transparency of accounts features of Budget, says Nirmala Sitharaman.
14:38 pm: Over 1.67 cr houses completed under PM Awas Yojana. Is it for rich? Over 2.67 crore households electrified under PM Saubhagya Yojana since '17 Oct. Total value of orders placed on government e-market is Rs 8,22,077 crore. Are they being given to big companies? They're being given to MSMEs, says Nirmala Sitharaman.
14:34 pm: It has now become a sort of habit for some in the opposition to constantly allege, in spite of what we are doing for the poor and the steps taken for helping the poor and needy of this country, a false narrative is created to accuse - saying that this government works only for cronies, says Nirmala Sitharaman.
14:30 pm: Budget instrument for Aatmanirbhar Bharat, says Nirmala Sitharaman.
14:28 pm: It is worth mentioning that 800 million people were provided free foodgrains, free cooking gas provided for 80 million people and cash directly was given to 400 million people, farmers, women, divyang and also the poor and needy, says Nirmala Sitharaman.
14:27 pm: Centre's schemes helping poors, not damaad, says Nirmala Sitharaman
14:23 pm: It's a Budget which clearly draws on the experience, the administrative capacities and also exposure that the PM had during his long elected tenure - both as CM and as PM of this country - known for his commitment towards development, growth and reforms, says Nirmala Sitharaman.
14:20 pm: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses Rajya Sabha over Union Budget 2021.
14:14 pm: BREAKING: Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi resigns from Rajya Sabha
13:52 pm: Grateful to my party that they've sent me here. I'm feeling suffocated that we're not able to do anything over violence in the state. My soul tells me that if you can't do anything sitting here, then you must resign. I will continue to work for people of West Bengal, says TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi.
13:49 pm: I am resigning from Rajya Sabha today. There is violence happening in my state. We cannot speak anything here, says TMC Rajya Sabha MP Dinesh Trivedi.
13:33 pm: Bahujan Samaj Party MP Ritesh Pandey has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha demanding to discuss the issue of "equitable access to quality education for children in all parts of India".
13:33 pm: Congress MPs K Suresh and TN Prathapan have given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha demanding a discussion on hike in fuel prices.
13:33 pm: Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha demanding a discussion on India-China border standoff.
12:38 pm: The opposition is continously attacking the government in Rajya Sabha over farmers' protest and the India-China border standoff.
12:18 pm: According to a report by news agency PTI, The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 will be discussed in the Lok Sabha today.
10:56 am: I challenge Congress and opposition leaders to show where is it written that Mandi and Minimum Support Price system will end. We are committed to taking India forward, says MoS Finance Anurag Thakur.
10:51 am: This Budget shows a hope to build new India, a stronger India and to build a self-reliant India. It will set us on the path of becoming an economic and manufacturing powerhouse, says MoS Finance Anurag Thakur.
10:39 am: BREAKING: Congress has submitted to Rajya Sabha Chairman the name of Mallikarjun Kharge as the Leader of Opposition in the House.
10:21 am: Rahul Gandhi must ask his grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru) about who has given India's territory to China, he will get the answer.. Who is a patriot and who is not, the public knows it all, says MoS Home G Kishan Reddy.
9:59 am: The last passenger death due to a railway accident happened on 22nd March 2019. For the nearly 22 months, we have not had a single passenger death due to train accidents, says Railways Minister Piyush
In the new restructured Railway Board, we have designated a director general of safety for the first time in the Indian Railways, he added.
9:13 am: Just In: Rajya Sabha proceedings begin.
8:35 am: BJP MP Deepak Prakash has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'non-implementation of welfare schemes of Centre by the state governments'.
8:30 am: RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'alleged fudging and manipulation of COVID-19 testing data in Bihar'.
8:16 am: TMC MP Abir Ranjan Biswas has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over the 'sale of public sector undertakings'.
7:56 am: Sitharaman had presented the Union Budget 2021 on February 1 amid hopes to revive the Indian economy that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
7:49 am: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will reply to the discussion on Union Budget 2021 in Rajya Sabha today.
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