New Delhi, Jun 26: Rajya Sabha discussion resumed on Wednesday on the motion of Thanks on President’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament.
Former Tourism Minister and BJP lawmaker KJ Alphons said that minorities feel safe under the Narendra Modi Government and there was no instance of attack on Christians and Churches during the past five years. Mr Alphons asserted that instead of complaining, the people should be celebrating achievements such as 99.2 per cent of the population now having toilets, 35 crore persons getting bank accounts, 7.5 crore getting gas connection, 19 crore getting loan under Mudra scheme, the jump in ease of doing business ranking and India striking at the heart of the enemy.
Bharatiya Janata Party member from Rajasthan Kirorimal Meena raised the issue of mining allotments in the tribal areas. He said that there is a provision of allotting mines to tribal cooperatives which is being violated in Rajasthan by the ruling Indian National Congress Government. Mr Meena urged Central intervention.INC's Wansuk Syiem raised the issue of loss of employment and slowdown of business due to faulty implementation of demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax.
She sought better connectivity for the North East region. Despite a separate Ministry for the development of this region, she asserted that much has still to be done in terms of rail, road and air connectivity. Ms Syiem also urged the Centre to bring a white paper on the development of North East.Bahujan Samaj Party's Veer Singh raised the issue of unemployment which is highest in the past 45 years and stressed on equal education system for all.
He insisted that the reservation policy should also be extended to private sector and when any public sector unit is being privatised, the quota should be continued. YSRCP member Vijay Sai Reddy reiterated the demand of Special Status to Andhra Pradesh and also talked about the Polavaram Dam. "The Women Reservation Bill should be brought and passed to give them proper representation in Parliament", Mr Reddy said.
BJP’s Kanta Kadam thanked her party's Government for many facilities being provided to the people free of cost. Expressing her satisfaction over the newly made thousands of toilets in this country Ms Kadam said as she belongs to Dalit community, she knows the pain of women who used to go in the open to defecate. Mr KG Kenya of the Naga People's Front raised the regional imbalance in the country with reference to North East. (UNI)