Parliament Today HIGHLIGHTS: The Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019 was passed by the Rajya Sabha Monday. The Bill seeks “to establish and incorporate Universities for teaching and research in Sanskrit, to develop all-inclusive Sanskrit promotional activities and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Monday questioned the government in Lok Sabha on why it was scared of naming wilful bank loan defaulters. “I was not allowed to ask a supplementary question in Lok Sabha, this takes away my right as MP,” he said, adding that he was hurt as it was the Speaker’s duty to protect his right to speak. Earlier, Minister of State Anurag Thakur had responded to his query where he sought the names of 50 wilful defaulters and said that information relating to the defaulters was given on the Central Information Commission (CIC) website.
In the wake of the cancellation of airline and railway tickets amid the spread of coronavirus, CPI (M) Kerala Rajya Sabha MP Elamaram Kareem Monday requested the government to forgo the cancellation charges of passengers. Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had earlier given an adjournment motion notice over the issue of ‘imposition of excise duty on diesel, petrol and other petroleum products’ and the ‘price of petrol and diesel in the country respectively’.