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Modi urges all parties to support govt. in fight against corruption, violence in name of cow protection

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the all-party meeting in Parliament House, in New Delhi, on July 16, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the all-party meeting in Parliament House, in New Delhi, on July 16, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged all political parties to extend their support to the Government in fighting corruption and the issue of communal violence in the name of cow protection.
 
Addressing an all-party meeting convened by the Government ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginnning here tomorrow, he said that  State Governments must ensure the maintenance of law and order and strict action must be taken against those who break the law. 
 
"Some anti-social elements have incited violence in the name of cow protection. Those engaged in disturbing the harmony in the country are trying to take advantage of the situation. 
 
"It has an impact on the image of the nation. State Governments must deal sternly against such anti-social elements," he said.
 
"Cow is revered as the mother in our country. Public sentiments are attached with the cow. However, people must know that there is a law to protect the cow and the violation of law is not an alternative. 
 
"Maintaining law and order is the responsibility of State Governments and wherever these incidents are taking place, state Governments must deal firmly with it. The State Governments must also see to it that in the name of cow protection some people are settling their personal rivalry. 
 
Mr. Modi said all political parties should condemn strongly this "goondaism" in the name of cow protection.
 
On corruption, he said that, over the past few decades, the image of political leadership had been at the crossroads due to the deeds of some of the leaders amongst them.
 
"We need to convince the people that every leader is not tainted and every leader is not only running after money. What is required that we have to be transparent in our public life and yet there should be action against corrupt leaders. 
 
"The onus lies on the political parties to identify such leaders among them and segregate them from their political journey. If the law of the land is working, then we have to join hands together ward off the challenge from those who try to save themselves by raking up the issue of political conspiracy. 
 
"The nation will not gain anything by standing with those who have plundered the nation," he said.
 
Mr. Modi expressed deep concern for the floods in North Eastern States of India and assured all leaders that the Government was fully informed on the situation on the ground and taking all steps to reduce the suffering of people.
 
In one voice with the leaders of all parties, he also asserted that all political parties stood united to ensure the nation’s safety and security. He was  responding to concerns in this regard raised by leaders of various political parties on recent developments.
 
Mr. Modi said that the entire nation had been in a state of shock in the wake of the attack on Amarnath pilgrims by terrorists.
 
"My heartfelt condolences to the pilgrims who were killed in this attack and my sympathies are with the families in this hour of grief. The Government will ensure that the perpetrators of this attack are brought to book. 
 
"We are fully committed to maintain peace in Jammu and Kashmir and to wipe out the anti national elements from the state," he said, adding that the Government was treading the path laid down by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
 
Addressing floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, Mr. Modi said that, for preserving the institution of democracy in India, it was important that all political parties support the Government to conduct business in both the Houses of Parliament without disruption and that constructive discussions take place on issues of national importance. 
 
"The Monsoon Session of the parliament gets underway tomorrow. The need of the hour is to ensure that we make maximum use of the time in this session. Barring a few exceptions, there has been a considerable increase in parliament productivity over the past three years. My thanks to all the political parties for this. 
 
"I am quite optimistic that the time allocated for the business of the house would be utilized in an effective manner in the monsoon session and it will set a record in terms of parliamentary productivity. All political parties must co-operate in this regard. 
 
"We can fulfill our responsibilities with a meaningful dialogue keeping in mind the time, resources and dignity of the house," he said.
 
 
He expressed gratitude towards all parties for supporting the Government in bringing historic economic reforms like advancing the Budget Session of Parliament and bringing in the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
 
Mr. Modi said that, due to the advancement of the Budget by a month, there would be a balanced nature of capital expenditure profile in this financial year. Already 30% of total expenditure and 49% expenditure in infrastructure sector has taken place before the monsoon has started, which is a huge achievement and would bring fiscal prudence in capital expenditure in future. 
 
Bringing in of GST regime, with support of all parties, has strengthened the federal structure of Government and brought about economic solidarity in the country, he said.
 
"I am grateful once again to all of you for having joined hands together for the implementation of GST. GST has been in place for past 15 days and we have seen positive results in these 15 days. Check posts have been removed from the borders of many states and the movement of trucks has become easier. The Centre has been working in close co-ordination with the states to bring on board the traders who have not yet been registered on GST platform by expediting the processes at the earliest," he said.
 
The Prime Minister said that the highest level of dignity had been maintained in the whole process of the Presidential election till now and no situation of any bitterness surfaced among the political parties. All parties should be commended for that and each party must ensure that all MPs and MLAs participate in the President’ election and no vote is wasted, he said.
 
"It would have been better had the Presidential election been held by consensus. However, it is a matter of satisfaction and pride that the election campaign has been a dignified one. All the political parties need to be congratulated. All parties must train their MPs and MLAs to cast their votes so that not a single vote is wasted," he said.
 
He urged all leaders to achieve consensus on celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement on August 9 in both Houses of Parliament.
 
A host of issues were raised by the leaders of parties during the meeting. There was a consensus across party lines on ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament without disruptions and deadlocks to be resolved through constructive discussions in both the Houses. 
 
Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar, later briefing mediapersons, said that the Government had requested all parties, especially the opposition,  for their co-operation for the smooth functioning of the House. He said that all parties were in favour of a productive monsoon session. The Government is always ready to discuss on the floor of the House any issue as permitted under Rules of Procedure, he added.
 
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Mr. Kumar said the Monsoon Session is expected to continue until August 11, subject to the exigencies of Government business. He said the session would have a total of 19 sittings. He said 21 Bills are pending in the Lok Sabha and 42 in the Rajya Sabha.
 
Following are the items of Government business Identified for being taken up in both the Houses of Parliament during the session:
 
Bills for Introduction, Consideration and Passing:
 
The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017;
The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017
The Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (Extension To Chandigarh) Amendment Bill, 2017;
The Central Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017;
The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017;
The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) Bill, 2017;
The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property Amendment Bill, 2017;
The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017;
The Consumer Protection Bill, 2017;
The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017;
Labour Code on wages; and
The National Sports University Bill, 2017
 
 
Bills for Consideration and Passing:
 
Bills pending in Lok Sabha:
 
The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016;
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
The Indian Institute of Management Bill 2017;
The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017;
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016;
The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017 ;and
The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017
 
 
Bills pending in Rajya Sabha:
 
The Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha;
The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 as passed by Lok Sabha;
The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013;
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 as passed by Lok Sabha;
The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Third Amendment) Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha;
The National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha; and
The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017 as passed by Lok Sabha.
 
 
Financial Business:
 
Supplementary Demands for Grants (including Railways) for 2017-18
 
 
Bills for Withdrawal:
 
Lok Sabha:
 
The Consumer Protection Bill, 2015
 
 
Rajya Sabha
 
The North-Eastern Council (Amendment) Bill, 2013;and
The Participation of Workers in Management Bill, 1990.
 
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