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Parliament Winter Session Live Updates: ‘NRC is not divisive, no one needs to fear’, assures Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah said that Internet will be restored in Kashmir only after local administration gives the green signal. On the issue of NRC, he said every citizen irrespective of religion will come under the NRC and it is not a divisive exercise

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 20, 2019 22:25 IST
Parliament Winter Session Live Updates: ‘NRC is not divisive, no one needs to fear’, assures Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will speak in the Upper House today.

All eyes were on Rajya Sabha as Home Minister Amit Shah said that Internet services in the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir will only be restored after the local administration deems it is time. On the issue of NRC he said that lawmakers were confusing Citizenship Amendment Bill and National Register of Citizens, and explained that the NRC is not a divisive exercise. He also maintained his earlier position on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, saying that Hindus, Jains, Parsis, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists will get Indian citizenship as they faced religious persecution in India's neighbouring countries Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

12:47 PM IST

'Raipur airport has witnessed passenger growth': HS Puri

While answering a question on privatisation of the Raipur airport, the MoS (IC), Civil Aviation said Congress has itself privatised Chattrapati Shivaji and IGI airports, but the Government will look into every aspect before making any such decision.

12:41 PM IST

'Indian oil market not affect by sanctions on Iran': Dharmendra Pradhan

Union oil minister says crude oil prices could be volatile but sanctions imposed on Iran has not affected the markets in India. He also added that India's markets are strong enough to face any outcomes that might arise from the sanctions.

12:37 PM IST

Venkaiah Naidu asks lawmakers to refrain from making divisive comments on Kashmir

The Chairman and Vice President says he will not preside over an unruly debate on the Kashmir issue.

12:32 PM IST

'59 lakh mobiles are up and running': Shah

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress leader, interrupts Shah and says that the Home Minister is reading the reports of some other state not Jammu and Kashmir. Amit Shah tells him that this is untrue and Kashmir is running normally.

12:31 PM IST

'No one killed in police firing': Amit Shah

Home minister tells the Rajya Sabha that there were no severe violations of law and order post August 5. He said the situation is normal in Jammu and Kashmir.

12:28 PM IST

'Academic year at stake for J&K students': Majeed Memon, NCP

Shah answers the NCP lawmaker and says that no such disruptions will happen as law and order situation is under control in J&K. 99.7% students have appeared for Class Xth and XIIth exams, he added.

12:25 PM IST

'Internet is necessary but national security comes first': Shah

Amit Shah said that BJP government made sure in 2002 to provide Internet and cellular services to the people of J&K and hence he understands the shortcomings arising due to Internet shutdown but reiterates that internet will be restored after J&K authorities decide to do so.

12:21 PM IST

'Internet will be restored after discussions with J&K government': Shah

Home minister said that Internet services will be restored after the J&K government decides to do so. He says Pakistan is also a reason for which the Internet services are not restored.

12:18 PM IST

Driving under the influence of other drugs should be made punishable': SAD MP Naresh Gujral

The lawmaker from Punjab told the Rajya Sabha said that measures like this is necessary to curb crimes and road rage cases,

12:10 PM IST

'Centre is not buying rice from Congress governed states': Choudhury

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhury says Chattisgarh is being mistreated as Centre is not procuring rice from the state.

12:08 PM IST

'Why long queues at IGL stations?', asks BJP RS MP Vijay Goel

He says gas delivery should be faster. Union minister Dharmendra Prasad says 69 CNG plantations are being setup to address this issue.

12:02 PM IST

'We will make BSNL profitable': Union Minister RS Prasad

IT and Law Minister RS Prasad says that the BSNL workforce will be strengthened and the government telecom company will bring in profits again.

12:00 PM IST

'Government should treat paddy like it treats rice': JD(U)

JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP RN Thakur says that Centre should help out paddy farmers.

11:57 AM IST

K Sudhakaran says that pending cases will affect ease of doing business

The Congress MP from Kerala says that pending cases also are contributing to the economic slowdown. Union Minister RS Prasad acknowledges his counterpart's point and says that the Centre has appointed judges to High Courts in a fast-paced manner and has also increased the number of judges in Supreme Court.

11:52 AM IST

'Define the contours of Raigad Division first': Vijaysai Reddy

Shifting of Vishakhapatnam's railway division to Vijaywada will bring irreparable loss to the people of Andhra, says the Rajya Sabha lawmaker from YSR Congress Party.

First published: Nov 20, 2019 09:47 IST