The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die earlier this afternoon after a nearly four-hour-long last sitting where the Upper House passed seven bills.
Today was the tenth day of the 18-day Monsoon Session of Parliament that began on September 14, under the shadow of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The session which began on September 14, witnessed passage of several bills by the Lok Sabha, including those which sought to replace the ordinances issued recently.
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Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Prahlad Patel were among may politicians who contracted COVID-19 after attending the monsoon session of the Parliament.
The ruckus began after Union Minister Anurag Thakur attacked the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family, saying that the PM's National Relief Fund set up in 1948, has not been registered yet and that it was established to benefit the family.
The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill were passed by voice vote
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In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan gave a brief account of the four-month-long standoff and said the Chinese side attempted to transgress the Line of Actual (LAC) in several areas of the western sector since mid-May.
The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was introduced in the Lower House on Monday.
Rajnath Singh's statement is scheduled for 3 pm amid the Opposition’s demand of a debate on the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
As many as 17 Lok Sabha Members of Parliament (MPs) have tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day of the Monsoon Session, news reports suggest.
Replying to another question, he said, the government and World Bank have so far signed only one loan of $750 million on May 15, 2020 as budgetary support to the Government for accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Programme in order to support measures undertaken under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), the benefits of which have flown to all States/UTs.
Giving details of the total foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow from Chinese companies in India, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur said, it was $350.22 million in 2017-18, while it declined to $229 million in the following year.
The Parliament's monsoon session, first in the COVID-19 era, is expected to be stormy as the Opposition has plans to corner the government over a host of contentious issues such as handling of the pandemic, economic crisis, rise of unemployment and dismal GDP figures.
According to a Lok Sabha bulletin, the lower house will also take up discussion and voting on the First Batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2020-21.
Earlier this month, Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar had indicated that remaining three labour codes on industrial relations, social security and occupational safety and health would be tabled in the ensuing Monsoon session of Parliament.
The first hour of a sitting session of the House proceedings, Question Hour, is devoted to questions that members of parliament raise about any aspect of governance. The concerned Minister is obliged to answer to the Parliament, either orally or in writing, depending on the type of question raised.
The Opposition accuses the government of using the pandemic to reduce Parliament to a 'notice board' by doing away with. Question Hour in the monsoon session.
The Lok Sabha Secretariat has been making necessary arrangements for holding the session while ensuring social distancing norms.
According to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, members of the Upper House will be seated in both chambers and galleries during the session.
In its guidelines, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said, 'With further relaxations in the lockdown made with effect from July 1, the sittings of the parliamentary committees can now be held while observing some restrictions.'
Chowdhury also dared the BJP leadership to substantiate its charge that the Congress party had ever compromised national security, and said he will resign as MP if the allegations are proved.
His remarks come days after it emerged that a meeting of the parliamentary panel on Information Technology, headed by Tharoor, was scheduled for June 17 during which officials of the information and technology ministry were to be called for a briefing on the government's coronavirus-tracking Aarogya Setu application and related issues of data security and privacy of citizens.
A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishiksh Roy issued notice to the returned candidate from the high-profile constituency on an appeal challenging the Karnataka High Court's order by which an election petition against his win was dismissed.