Parliament Highlights: Rajya Sabha adopts motion against starred questions in view of Covid-19
Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Lok Sabha will sit from 9 am to 1 pm on the first day, and thereafter from 3 pm to 7 pm. Rajya Sabha will sit from 3 pm to 7 pm on the first day, and thereafter from 9 am to 1 pm.
Some opposition members protested against the bill, saying the Centre needed to undertake wider consultation.
Parliament Today Highlights: On the first day of monsoon session of parliament, Rajya Sabha adopted motion against starred questions and introduction of ‘private member business’ in the house during this session, in view of COVID-19. The Upper House was adjourned at 7.05 pm and will resume again on Tuesday 9 am.
NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was re-elected as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha through a voice vote on Monday. “I declare that Harivansh ji has been chosen as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha,” said Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. Speaking on Harivansh’s election and his previous term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Harivanshji’s unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy.”
Around 30 members of Parliament and 50 other staffers have tested positive for coronavirus as they took mandatory Covid test before attending Parliament monsoon session that commenced on Monday, news agency PTI quoted sources on Monday.
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Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu oversees arrangements in Rajya Sabha.
In Loksabha, BJP member Ravi Kishan raised the issue of drug menace in Bollywood and asked the Government to take strict action against those involved in drug trafficking. After a considerable delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 18-day monsoon session in Lok Sabha kicked off on Monday at 9 am. Minutes later, it was adjourned for an hour over the demise of former president Pranab Mukherjee.
Ahead of the Monsoon Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday exuded confidence that members of Parliament will speak in one voice to express their solidarity with the soldiers guarding the country's borders. Amid the ongoing border row with China in Ladakh, Modi said that the soldiers are bravely discharging their duties while standing guard in difficult hilly terrains with snowfall expected in the coming days and weeks.
The Congress and some other Opposition parties are preparing to oppose four Bills, including three farm-related ones that are to replace ordinances, and demand that these be sent to the select committee of Rajya Sabha. The CPM said it will oppose all 11 ordinances promulgated during the lockdown. Its members have moved notice for statutory resolutions opposing these ordinances and demanding their withdrawal in both Houses of Parliament.
Apart from following basic sanitisation protocols and social distancing in both the houses, the ministers, MPs, officials, mediapersons and others entering the Parliament have to be tested Covid negative. Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla had said all those entering the premises would have to undergo the test at least 72 hours before the start of the session.
The government is learnt to have suggested that the discussion on the Covid situation could be held on Tuesday, during the debate on The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill.
In response to the Opposition criticism of the scrapping of Question Hour and curtailment of Zero Hour, the government is learnt to have argued that the decision was taken in view of the pandemic situation and the shortened session. The Opposition also objected to the move to suspend MPLADS funds; Opposition members are likely to close ranks to oppose this decision.
“There are many important issues on which we want discussion. The Chinese aggression, the government’s management of the Covid pandemic, the slump in the economy, job losses, and the unemployment situation are among the key issues,” Chowdhury, who is leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, told The Indian Express.