Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Despite multiple adjournments during the days, Rajya Sabha Thursday passed the Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks on raising the FDI in the insurance sector to 74 per cent from the current 49 per cent. This comes even as the Congress and other Opposition parties insisted on referring the Bill to a standing committee.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moved the Bill for passing in the Upper House. Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said it will put the people of country in “trouble”, adding that the Insurance Act 1938 is being amended for the third time under the BJP.
India will do away with toll booths and implement complete GPS-based toll collection within one year, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. “I want to assure the House that within one year all physical toll booths in the country will be removed. It means that toll collection will happen via GPS. The money will be collected based on GPS imaging (on vehicles),” Gadkari said during Question Hour.
Yesterday, the Opposition targeted the Centre over its handling of the pandemic while accusing it of absolving China from its blame for the spread of the coronavirus, during a discussion over Demands For Grants for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. However, the government said that its handling of the pandemic has made the country self-reliant and “future ready”.