Parliament Winter Session HIGHLIGHTS: The issue of pollution— air, water and plastic— was taken up for discussion in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The matter of air pollution in Delhi took up majority time in both the Houses yesterday. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar spoke on climate change today and said, “India has decided to become part of the solution for climate change. I appeal to each and every person to plant at least seven trees which will create an oxygen bank.” Javadekar also exuded confidence that the country will take less than the 15 years, time taken by Beijing, to improve air quality in Delhi.
Congress MPs including Shashi Tharoor, Ghulam Nabi Azad held protests in Parliament premises demanding transparency in electoral bonds. The Opposition has been attacking BJP over the issue and had staged a walkout yesterday after calling it a ‘big scam’, which Union Minister Piyush Goyal defended saying those opposing the new electoral funding system are “corrupt politicians”.
The Rajya Sabha is also expected to take up the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 for discussion after several members in the Upper House sought review of the Bill on Wednesday. The Bill seeks to provide a mechanism for social, economic and educational empowerment of transgenders which was moved in the Upper House by Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.