Rajya Sabha rises in just 11 minutes

Protests by Opposition parties on issues such as the National Register for Citizens and a cut in faculty positions for SC/ST and OBC candidates ensured that the Rajya Sabha functioned only for a total 11 minutes on Wednesday. Soon after official papers were tabled in the morning, Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu started to read out names of members who had given notices to raise matters of urgent importance by setting aside rules of business. Even before he could finish speaking, MPs from Assam were on their feet flashing copies of a newspaper. Samajwadi Party MPs joined them, and Mr. Naidu adjourned the proceedings till 2 p.m. Congress MP Ripun Bora wanted a discussion on the Supreme Court’s remarks on Tuesday, accusing the Home Ministry of delaying the completion of the NRC. When the House reconvened, members of the Opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, stormed into the well, calling the BJP government “anti-Dalit and anti-reservation”. The protests were spurred by the recent change in the reservation policy for faculty positions in universities, following an Allahabad High Court judgment. The judgment prescribed a 13-point roster system, under which the number of vacancies should be considered department- or wing-wise and not as the total number of posts available for recruitment. This results in limited seats available for recruitment to each department or wing under reserved categories. ‘Half-hearted appeal’ The government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court, which upheld the Allahabad High Court order. The Samajwadi Party alleged that the government had made a half-hearted appeal against the High Court order. “The government had assured that no new faculty will be hired till the old system is restored,” Samajwadi Party’s Javed Ali Khan said.

Source  :https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/rajya-sabha-rises-in-just-11-minutes/article26198720.ece

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