Parliament Today HIGHLIGHTS: Addressing the Lok Sabha on the border tensions between India and China border, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said till now, there has been no mutually acceptable solution between the two countries as China continues to disagree on border. “China doesn’t recognise the traditional and customary alignment of the boundary. We consider that this alignment is based on well established geographical principals,” he said.
The opposition parties, meanwhile, submitted 10 adjournment motion notices over a range of issues. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, and Minister of Home, state, G Kishan Reddy will also be making statements in Lok Sabha today.
Rajya Sabha, on Tuesday, passed the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 that seeks to improve India’s aviation safety ratings and provide statutory status to regulatory institutions, including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The Bill had got the approval of Lok Sabha in March. Earlier in the day, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan said the image of the film industry is being tarnished by a few and that the government should support the industry.
This session of Parliament is being held amid strict social distancing protocols. From members arriving in masks to their seats rearranged in keeping seating with physical distancing norms, and from Opposition members’ criticism of the move to do away with Question Hour to repeated reminders by Speaker Om Birla that the House is meeting in an “extraordinary situation”, the pandemic loomed large over the proceedings on day 1.