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Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Centre never asked any state to record fewer deaths or cases, says Health Minister

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also said that the resolution of people along with PM Modi’s guidance can save us from a third wave.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 22, 2021 8:35:40 am
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya during the discussion in Rajya Sabha. (Video screenshot)

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Tuesday said that the Centre never asked any state to record fewer deaths or cases.

“Centre compiles and publishes the data sent in by state governments. Our work is to publish that data and nothing else. We haven’t told anyone to show fewer numbers (of deaths) or less positive cases. There’s no reason for that,” Mandaviya said during a discussion in Rajya Sabha. He also said that the resolution of people along with PM Modi’s guidance can save us from a third wave.

Earlier today, the leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government, just like demonetisation, didn’t prepare for a covid-19 lockdown, and it should be held accountable for this. Kharge also said that during state elections, it was the central leadership that broke its own rules by flouting covid-19 norms.

Meanwhile, the Pegasus snooping controversy rocked the Lok Sabha proceedings on Tuesday, leading to continued disruptions and repeated adjournments of the House.

Soon after the House assembled at 3 pm, the opposition members again started raising slogans on the Pegasus snooping issue, forcing the chair to adjourn the House for the day.  Several members carried placards and sought the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. The House will now meet on July 22.

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Rajya Sabha in session, discussions underway on Covid-19 crisis; IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to make a statement on Pegasus report; Lok Sabha adjourned till July 22.

18:25 (IST)20 Jul 2021
No deaths due to lack of oxygen specifically reported by states, UTs during second Covid wave: Centre

No deaths due to lack of oxygen were specifically reported by states and UTs during the second COVID-19 wave, the government informed Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

According to PTI, while responding to a question on whether a large number of Covid-19 patients died on roads and hospitals due to acute shortage of oxygen in the second wave, Minister of State for Health Bharati Praveen Pawar noted that health is a state subject and states and UTs regularly report the number of cases and deaths to the Centre.

"Detailed guidelines for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union Health Ministry to all states and UTs."

"Accordingly, all states and UTs report cases and deaths to the Union Health Ministry on a regular basis. However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states and UTs," Pawar said in a written reply.

18:13 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned

Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned till 11 AM on July 22.

17:51 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Centre never asked any state to record less deaths or cases: Health Minister in Parliament

On allegations regarding Covid death data, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Tuesday said that the Centre never asked any state to record fewer deaths or cases. Mandaviya made the remarks during a discussion Covid-19 crisis in the Rajya Sabha. 

17:38 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Many states have 10-15 lakh doses of vaccines with them: Mansukh Mandaviya

"When there's need to work together and implementation has to be done by the states, at that time we never said that this state failed or that state didn't do this. I don't want to do politics but many states have 10-15 lakh doses of vaccines with them, I have data," Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in Rajya Sabha.

17:24 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Our resolution and PM Modi's guidance can save us from a third wave: Health Minister

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Tuesday said that all state governments and the common people should make a collective decision that we won't let the third wave hit our country. "Our resolution and PM Modi's guidance can save us from a third wave," Mandaviya said.

17:17 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Normalcy returns to Rajya Sabha after Naidu meets leaders

Normalcy returned to the Rajya Sabha on the second day of the monsoon session and it held a discussion on the Covid-19 situation in the country after Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu met the floor leaders of various parties, news agency PTI reported.

This came after the proceedings of a day and a half were washed out due to disruptions.

Citing sources, PTI reported that after the House was adjourned for the second time for the day at 12 noon, Naidu called Leader of the House Piyush Goyal, opposition leaders Anand Sharma, Jairam Ramesh, Derek O'Brien, Tiruchi Siva and some others, and decided to resume normal functioning with a discussion on Covid management.

16:57 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Even one death of any Indian citizen on account of any cause is matter of regret: Hardeep Puri

"Uninformed comment is bad enough but when an attempt is made to deliberately produce a false narrative, it's an even more serious matter. Even one death of any Indian citizen on account of any cause, whether Covid or non-Covid related, is a matter of regret," Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in Rajya Sabha.

16:35 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Sanjay Raut questions Covid death figures

"Our question is to the government-- why are you hiding the data? Tell us, how many people have lost their lives (due to COVID). Reports say more (deaths) than govt's official figures," Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said in Rajya Sabha.

16:28 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Govt always open to talks with farmers: Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar

The government on Tuesday said it will remain open to discussions with protesting farmers' unions to resolve issues over three new agriculture laws passed by Parliament in September last year.

In written replies to Lok Sabha on several questions related to farmers' protest, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government had so far held 11 rounds of negotiations talks with agitating farmers' unions to resolve the issues, news agency PTI reported.

"The government has been engaged in serious, sensitive and active discussions with the farmers' unions to resolve the issues. During various rounds of discussions, the government continuously requested the farmers' unions to discuss the provisions of the farm laws, so that if there is an objection to any provision, the advancement can be made towards a resolution of those," the minister said.

15:53 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Four vaccine candidates in human trial stage: Govt tells Rajya Sabha

Four Covid-19 vaccine candidates are at different stages of human trials while one, developed by Genique Life Sciences, is in the advanced pre-clinical stage, Union Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday.

In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Singh said Cadila Healthcare Ltd's DNA-based vaccine candidate is in phase three clinical trial. It has also submitted the interim data for emergency use authorisation. (PTI)

15:38 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Project Pegasus: Youth Congress activists protest near Parliament House 

Members of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Tuesday staged a protest over the Pegasus project near Parliament House during the monsoon session in New Delhi. 

 

(PTI photos)
15:32 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Raise budget of Health Ministry and build infrastructure for future challenges: Ram Gopal Yadav

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav urged the government to raise the Budget of the Health Minister and build infrastructure for future challenges. "Before the Budget, I told Nirmala Ji to raise the health Budget. The current health Budget is fake, the actual Budget is only Rs 72,000 crores. You've added other depts' Budget in health," Yadav said in Rajya Sabha.

(ANI)
15:14 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till July 22

After being deferred twice, Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 11 AM on July 22 as opposition members continued to protest over the Pegasus snooping controversy and other issues.

14:35 (IST)20 Jul 2021
TMC to conduct a press conference at 3 pm today 

All India Trinamool Congress will address a press conference at 3 pm on Tuesday.Parliamentary Party Leader, Derek O'Brien and Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra will be addressing the presser. The issue of Pegasus snooping is likely on the agenda.  

14:30 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned for second time on Tuesday till 3 pm amid continued opposition protest.

14:14 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Lack of coordination between states and Centre in Covid-19 crisis handling: Swapan Dasgupta in RS

BJP’s  Swapan Dasgupta on Tuesday said that the lack of coordination between different authorities handling the pandemic, cannot be continued in order to fight it. “A global pandemic cannot be handled by the state government, it needs proper coordination with the centre, this has not been achieved till now,” he said. 

14:08 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Govt didn't prepare for Covid lockdown, flouted covid-19 norms: Kharge in Rajya Sabha

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday said that the government, just like demonetisation, didn't prepare for a covid-19 lockdown, and it should be held accountable for this. Kharge also said that during state elections, it was the central leadership that broke their own rules by flouting covid-1 norms.

14:03 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha in session, discussion on Covid-19 underway

The Rajya Sabha resumed its proceedings on Tuesday after multiple adjournments. A discussion on India's handling of covid-19 crisis, and management is underway.

13:55 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Congress demands probe on Pegasus snooping by Joint Parliamentary Committee

The Congress on Tuesday stepped up its attack on the government over the Pegasus snooping controversy and demanded a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee. The opposition party along with other parties also stalled proceedings of both houses of Parliament while raising the issue. Opposition members raised uproar in both houses and demanded a thorough probe into the charges of snooping on journalists, politicians, ministers, judges and others using Israeli Pegasus spyware.

Leaders of various political parties also met before the start of proceedings in both houses of Parliament to decide their strategy on the issue. Several of them had also given adjournment notices in both houses demanding a discussion on the issue. Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said the government should clearly tell whether it has purchased the Pegasus spyware or not and hold a joint parliamentary probe.

13:19 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 4 pm

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned, for the third time today, till 4 pm, as sloganeering disturbed proceedings of the house. 

Parliamentarians in the Rajya Sabha, on the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament. (RSTV)

17 Opposition notices rejected in Rajya Sabha as session begins

In the Rajya Sabha, there was barely any transaction of business as the House was adjourned multiple times due to slogan shouting.

Congress deputy leader Anand Sharma had given a notice demanding discussion on the “situation arising out of the unprecedented rise in the prices of essential commodities.” On the other hand, AAP’s Sanjay Singh and CPI’s Binoy Viswam gave notices to discuss the Pegasus espionage expose. DMK’s Tiruchi Siva wanted a discussion on the Mekedatu dam row. RJD’s Manoj Jha had given a notice seeking a discussion on “obfuscation of data related to deaths on account of the second wave of Covid 19”.

The Trinamool Congress said its members had given multiple notices seeking discussion on fuel price hike, farmers’ agitation, decline in economic growth, weakening of federal structure and Covid/vaccination solutions.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi appointed Deputy Leader of House in Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appointed Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi as Deputy Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha.

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi informed Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu that the Prime Minister has directed him to inform that Naqvi, Union Minister of Minority Affairs, has been appointed Deputy Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha.

Naqvi succeeds Piyush Goyal, who has been named Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha.

 

 

 

 

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