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Monsoon Session of Parliament begins amidst unprecedented precautionary measures

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New Delhi: The much-awaited monsoon session of the Parliament began amidst unprecedented safety measures in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic Monday 14 September 2020 with the Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu urging the members to make optimal use of the time by deliberating meaningfully and legislating through consensus.

For the first time in the history of Indian Parliament, both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha halls are being used for the sitting of one house at a time to enable members to fully adhere to social distancing norms. The Rajya Sabha now includes not only its own Chamber and Galleries but also the Chamber of the Lok Sabha.

In his opening remark, Naidu pointed to the substantial business agenda before the House and appealed to all the members to enable the smooth conduct of the proceedings. He sought to remind them that people have lot of expectations from them in respect of providing valuable guidance on management of the pandemic, revival of the economy and return of normal social life.

Referring to the schedule of only 18 sittings during the brief Session, Naidu stressed that primary focus would be to ensure meaningful discussions on important legislations and the issues concerning the nation, including COVID-19 pandemic.

Expressing his happiness to meet with the Members after a gap of 175 days, he observed that the COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest disaster to strike humankind since the Spanish Flu about 100 years ago. He said that in spite of India being the second most populous country, the damage due to the pandemic has been contained to the minimum– both in terms of scale of infections and case fatality ratio.

Stating that COVID-19 pandemic has defined a new normal and severely affected the nation and economy, he lauded the remarkable services being rendered by the frontline warriors, including Doctors, Nurses, Police, Paramilitary forces, sanitary workers, media personnel and essential service providers. He also complimented the farmers for having achieved record production despite the lockdown restrictions. He also expressed the hope that the efforts of scientists for a vaccine would come to fruition in the near future.

Stating that the Department Related Standing Committees have started functioning after the ease of travel restrictions, Naidu said they examined various aspects of the pandemic and its impact during the inter-session period. Seven such Committees of Rajya Sabha have held 26 meetings since July this year and spent a total time of 56 hours and 40 minutes deliberating on various issues of which over 50 hours was spent discussing various aspects of the pandemic, its impact and management

Naidu, who completed three years in office as Chairman of the august House last month, said that he had directed the Secretariat to undertake detailed research on various aspects of the functioning of this House since its inception.

With the data available since 1978, he said the productivity of the House has been steadily declining over the last 25 years. However, there has been silver lining. The overall productivity of the last three sessions of the House has been 94.60%, the best for three consecutive sessions in the last five years. “I sincerely hope that this ‘new normal’ would stay”, the Chairman added.

The Chairman has observed that the attendance of 8 Department Related Standing Committees of Rajya Sabha has crossed for the first time 50%– clocking 50.73% during 2019-20 (September 2019-March, 2020). It was 44.87% during 2017-18.

Observing that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, he expressed optimism that these testing times would be overcome with forbearance, discipline and determination.

The Rajya Sabha began its day one at 3.00 p.m. with 15 newly/re-elected Members taking oath/affirmation.

A few Members sought leave of absence for the entire Monsoon Session citing MHA’s guidelines of 29th August, 2020 for Phased Re-Opening (Unlock 4). All those Members were granted leave of absence with the approval of the House.

On the occasion of Hindi Divas, Chairman said that all Indian languages are equally important. He said that our efforts should be to learn and promote all Indian languages along with Hindi.

The House elected its Deputy Chairman. Harivansh has been elected as the 14th Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha. Chairman conveyed his congratulation and best wishes to the newly elected Deputy Chairman.

MP Assembly pays glowing tributes to Manohar Parrikar

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Bhopal: The monsoon session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly began on Monday, 8 July 2019, with the House paying tributes to departed leaders and two CRPF personnel, who sacrificed their life for the nation. The House maintained a two-minute silence and was then adjourned for the day.

The Congress Government will present the State Budget for the financial year 2019-20 on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 and the current Session will continue till July 26.

During this session, the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party will be cornering the government on issues like farmer’s debt, transfer industry and the rising graph of unscheduled power cuts.

Manohar Parrikar

When the House assembled for the opening day of the monsoon session, Assembly Speaker Narmada Prasad Prajapati offered his tributes to former Goa Chief Minister and India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Vimla Varma, Shivnarayan Meena, Sunderlal Tiwari, Gangabai Uraiti, Vijay Kumar Patni, Satish Kumar Chauhan, Meera Dhurve, Balram singh Thakur, all former MLAs and two CRPF personnel, Harish Chandra Pal and Sandeep Yadav. Pal, a CRPF jawan from Bhopal died fighting the maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari district in April, and Sandeep Yadav, hailing from Dewas district died in a terror attack in Jammu-Kashmir’s Anantnag district in June this year.

Tributes were also offered by Chief Minister Kamal Nath, former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Gopal Bhargava, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly.

 

 

Monsoon session of Parliament from July 18 to August 12: GST Bill tops Modi Government agenda

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Parliamentarians of  India by Anoop SwaroopNew Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs today recommended convening of Monsoon session of Parliament this year from 18 July 18 till 12 August 2016 subject to exigencies of government business.

This was announced by Minister of Parliamentary Affairs M. Venakaiah Naidu after the meeting of CCPA, held after the Cabinet meeting today.

Naidu told media persons here that the coming Monsoon session will have a total of 20 sittings spread over 26 days.

Giving details of the meeting he held with about 30 Ministers to discuss legislative agenda for the coming session of Parliament, Naidu said that there are 11 Bills pending in Lok Sabha and 45 Bills pending in Rajya Sabha. He said that the Ministers have been asked to take necessary action in respect of the pending and new Bills to be introduced by the third of next month so as to ensure that about 20 to 25 Bills could be taken up for introduction, consideration and passing.

Talking to media persons, Naidu expressed the hope that the GST Bill would be passed during the Monsson session of Parliament. He said “there is a broad consensus on GST Bill with almost all the State Governments and political parties favouring the Bills. If some parties still have some issues, the Government is keen to discuss the same. Given the importance of the Bill, it would be appropriate if GST Bill could be passed unanimously. As Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, I prefer consensus on such important Bill before exploring other options. Introduction of GST is in the larger national interest and I appeal to all parties to support it”.

Three Bills are to be taken up in the coming Monsoon session to replace three Ordinances. These three Ordinances are:

1.The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016;
2. The Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 (Both relate to exemption this year from National Eligibility cum Entrance Test); and
3. The Enemy Properties (Amendment and Validation) Third Ordinance,2016.

The 11 Bills pending in Lok Sabha are:

1.The Factories (Amendment) Bill,2014;
2.The Electricity (Amendment) Bill,2014;
3.The Lok Pal and Lokayuktas and Other Related Laws (Amendment) Bill,2014;
4.The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill,2015;
5.The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill,2015;
6.The Consumer Protection Bill,2015;
7.The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill,2015.

In respect of these 7 Bills, the Department Related Standing Committees have presented their reports.

8. The Indian Trust (Amendment) Bill,2015 (agreeing to of amendments made by Rajya Sabha)
9.The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (referred to Standing Committee)
10.The Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill,2016 (referred to Joint Committee); and
11.The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill,2015.

Some of the 45 Bills pending in Rajya Sabha are:

1.The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 1987 (as reported by Joint Committee);

(Bills passed by Lok Sabha)

2.The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill,2015;
3.The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill,2016
4.The Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill,2016;

(Bills as passed by Lok Sabha and reports presented by Select Committee of Rajya Sabha)

5. The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Second Amendment) Bill,2014 –GST Bill;
6. The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill,2016;

(Bill referred to Select Committee)

7.The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill,2013;

(Bills on which reports were presented by Standing Committees -34 Bills)

8.The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill,2012;
9.The Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill,2014; and
10. The Pesticides Management Bill, 2008.

BJP-Congress war continues in Parliament

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Parliamentarians of India by Anoop SwaroopNew Delhi : The war of words between ruling party BJP and the main opposition party Congress continued and got carried forward to yet another day in both the Houses of Parliament today.

In Lok Sabha, proceedings began with Union Minister Sushma Swaraj urging the chair to accept adjournment motion moved by Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress related to holding a discussion on allegations against her on the Lalit Modi controversy.

 At this junction, the Congress members pressed for Prime Minister’s presence in the House. As the ruling side did not meet this demand, the question hour continued amidst loud protests. There was also  a brief adjournment.

In the meanwhile, Rajya Sabha was adjourned till the afternoon with only 2 days remaining for GST bill to be passed as the monsoon session will come to an end. The proceedings were adjourned as Congress members rushed to the well and continued shouting protest slogans.