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Parliament LIVE Updates: Congress walks out, demands discussion on India-China LAC stand off in Lok Sabha

16:39 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

MPs salary cut to amount to Rs 50 cr, which is 'much lesser' than Centre's COVID package, says Congress

The Salary, Allowences and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill is currently being taken up in the Lok Sabha as the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi moves it for consideration.

Congress Member Dean Kuriakose said that total collection from the salary deduction would be around ₹50 crore, which is very less compared to the economic package announced by the government in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. Due to several reasons, the decision to freeze MPLADs for two years was wrong.

BJP MP Vijay Baghel from Durg (Chhattisgarh) endorses the Bill, that proposes to replace an ordinance brought in April through which 30% salary of parliamentarians was deducted.

16:22 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Parliament begins discussing bill seeking to reduce MP salaries by 30%

Members of the Lok Sabha began discussions on a bill that seeks to reduce for one year the salaries of Members of Parliament by 30 percent “to meet the exigencies arising out of COVID-19 pandemic”.

As per PRS Legislative Research, the proposed reduction to the salaries and allowances of MPs and Ministers amounts to savings of around Rs 54 crore. This is less than 0.001% of Rs 20 lakh crore which is the amount of the special economic package announced by the centre, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

16:16 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

COVID-19 cases rising post-lockdown phase, says health minister

Lockdown from 25 March to 31 May successfully controlled aggressive progression of COVID-19 in India but there has been steady rise in number of cases in post-lockdown phase: Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Choubey tells Rajya Sabha

"Lockdown helped create additional health infrastructure. During this time, dedicated isolation beds went up by 22 times & dedicated ICU beds, above 14 times from what existed in March 2020. Testing capacity for COVID increased 10 times; limited indigenous manufacturing capacity for masks, PPEs, ventilators, etc. at the time of lockdown, was also enhanced to attain self-reliance. By slowing down Covid spread, 14–29 lakh cases & 37,000–78,000 deaths prevented." he said.

16:11 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Harsh Vardhan introduces Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill'

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan introduced 'The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020,' which will grants institutions of national importance status by conglomerating the cluster of Ayurveda institutes at Gujarat Ayurveda University campus in Jamnagar.

Lok Sabha had already approved the bill in the last session, in which three Jamnagar, Gujarat-based institutes – Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gulabkunwerba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya and Institute of Ayurveda Pharmaceutical Sciences, would be conglomerated.

16:05 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Country is with military, but answer these questions first: Randeep Surjewala asks Rajnath Singh

After the Congress staged a walkout on Tuesday, Congress spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a tweet asked Rajnath Singh, "The country is united with the military. But tell us,  How did China dare occupy our land? Why did Modiji mislead us on China not infiltrating our region? When will we drive China back from our land? When will we show China the red eye?"

15:53 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Congress stages walkout in Lower House

After Rajnath Singh finished his address in Lok Sabha, Congress MPs staged a walkout from the lower house, demanding discussion on India-China border issue. 

15:49 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

China continues to illegally occupy 38,000 sq kms in Ladakh: Rajnath Singh

"China continues to be in illegal occupation of approximately 38,000 sq. kms in Ladakh. In addition, under the so-called Sino-Pakistan 'Boundary Agreement' of 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq. km. of Indian territory in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to China," said Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha today.

"In the past too, we've had situations of prolonged stand-offs in border areas with China which were resolved peacefully. Even though the situation this year is very different both in terms of the scale of troops involved and the number of friction points, we remain committed to peaceful resolution." he adds.

15:45 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

India would protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity: Rajnath Singh

“I request this house to pass a resolution that we stand with our armed forces who are guarding our borders to safeguard India's sovereignty and unity,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tells Lok Sabha.

"In meeting with Chinese Defence Minister, I clearly stated that while our troops had always taken a responsible approach towards border management, but at same time there should be no doubt about our determination to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity." he added.

15:42 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Prepared for all outcomes: Defence Minister tells LS

Rajnath Singh told the Lower House of Parliament: "I met my Chinese counterpart in Moscow recently, and put forward our concerns, but made it absolutely clear that India is very serious about issues of sovereignty."

"A few days later, (external affairs minister) S Jaishakar met his counterpart in Moscow, and told him that if China respects the agreements signed and removes their buildup, then peace can return to the boundary between the two nations." he said.

"However, I want to inform this House and through it the entire nation, that we are prepared for all outcomes to ensure India's sovereignty is maintained," he adds.

15:34 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Violent conduct of Chinese troops is a violation of all past agreements: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that the "violent conduct of Chinese troops is a violation of all past agreements. Our troops have done counter deployments in the area to safeguard our borders."

15:32 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Indian Army ready to deal with any situation along LAC, says Rajanth Singh

"China has mobilised a huge number of Army battalions and armaments along LAC and inner areas. There're many friction points in eastern Ladakh, Gogra, Kongka La, Pangong Lake's north and south banks. Indian Army has made counter deployments in these areas. I want to assure you that we are ready to deal with any situation," Defence Minister Rajanth Singh, speaking in Lok Sabha, on India-China border issue.

15:30 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Since April, China has been increasing troops along border: defence minister tells LS

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha that the perception of LAC is different for India and China. He said the government was actively coordinating with different intelligence agencies. "Since April, China has been increasing the presence of soldiers and arm deployment at the border. India has successfully warned China through diplomatic and military channels. 

15:27 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

India and China have different perceptions: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that India maintains that China is under the illegal occupation of Aksai Chin. Apart from this, Pakistan has illegally "sold" land in PoK to China, he adds. "Both India and China have two different perceptions of the LAC and this has led to a face-off between both armies."

15:17 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

China believes LAC not 'clearly demarcated', says Rajnath

China believes that the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is not clearly demarcated, said the defense minister. "We want peaceful resolution to the LAC issue. I want to inform all that the LAC is not delineated and both India and China have agreed to maintain peace at the border. Any activity at the LAC will impact the relationship between the two countries," says Rajnath Singh at Lok Sabha. 

15:13 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Both sides have agreed to maintain peace, says Rajnath Singh

Both India and China agree that to maintain peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas, it is essential for the further development of bilateral relations, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tells Lok Sabha on India-China border issue.

15:07 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

No discussion on India-China standoff, says Centre

As per media reports, there will be no discussion on China today. A suo moto statement by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be put in today, government told Opposition parties during Lok Sabha's BAC meeting.

15:01 (IST)

Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

Mahua Moitra questions move to cancel Question Hour 

14:42 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

LS to dicuss cuts in the salary allowances of MPs today

Members of the Lok Sabha on Tuesday will discuss a bill that seeks to reduce for one year the salaries of Members of Parliament by 30 percent “to meet the exigencies arising out of COVID-19 pandemic”.

The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020 seeks to replace the Salary, Allowances And Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Monday had introduced in Lok Sabha. The ordinance was cleared by the Cabinet on 6 April and promulgated on 7 April, as per PTI.

14:30 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

List of adjournment motion notices in Lok Sabha

As per The Indian Express, the following adjournment notices have been given in the Lok Sabha on the given issues:

  • Congress leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Manik Tagore and CPM leader K Suresh over China data surveillance
  • Congress leader Hibi Eden over cutting MPLADS fund
  • Congress leader K Muraldeeharan on the state of economy and decline of GDP
  • Congress leader TN Pratapan and CPM leader AM Ariff on the  Delhi police charge sheet against prominent leaders.
  • NK Premachandran and Mohammed Basheer on human rights violations in arrests made by Delhi police.

14:16 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Bills to be taken up in Lok Sabha today

  • The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020
  • The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020
  • The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020

14:12 (IST)

Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

Centre should support Maratha quota: MP in RS

The Central government was on Tuesday urged in Rajya Sabha to support quota for Marathas in jobs and education. Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Rajeev Satav of the Congress said the Supreme Court has referred the issue of quotas for Marathas in jobs and education to a larger bench.

The Central government, he said, had not placed its view when the issue was considered by a three-judge bench. But before the larger bench, "the central government should along with state government (of Maharashtra) support Maratha reservation," he said.

Last week, the Supreme Court imposed an interim stay on quotas in jobs and education to Marathas and referred the matter to a larger bench to examine if the 2018 law, which breached the 50 percent apex court-mandated cap in the cast-based reservation, was legal.

-PTI

13:39 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

House adjourned for the day

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day. It will reconvene at 9 am on Wednesday.

13:38 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Battle against COVID-19 far from over: Harsh Vardhan

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan repeated his statement on COVID-19 that he read out in Lok Sabha on Monday. He said that the battle against coronavirus is far from over and even though the country has unlocked, community support is crucial to break the chain. 

A short duration discussion will be held on the matter on Wednesday.

13:34 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Parliament passes Aircraft Amendment Bill

The Aircraft Amendment Bill, 2020 was passed by the Rajya Sabha through voice vote. The Bill's provisions seek to improve India's aviation safety ratings and provide statutory status to regulatory institutions, including the DGCA.

13:28 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

No compromise on aviation safety: Civil Aviation Minister

After discussion on the Aircraft Amendment Bill, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri replied to members. He said that 1,000 air traffic controllers were recruited in the last three years. “The vacancies stand at 3,500. It would have been filled up this year itself had COVID-19 not slowed down the process,” he added.

Responding to Tankha, Puri said AAI received Rs 29,000 crores from privatisation and that money is used to develop other airports. “A lot is being made out about six airports. Mumbai and Delhi and two other airports were privatised in 2006 and they account for 33 percent of our traffic and earnings. The six airports that were awarded in 2018 together account for only nine percent,” he further said.

Puri said the DGCA was awarded the President's Award for ICAO in 2019. We are in Category 1. We cannot be compared with Pakistan, which is in Category 2, he added.

On Air India, the minister said the choice is between privatisation and closing it down.

13:13 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Congress’ Vivek Tankha questions flight ban on Kunal Kamra

Congress MP Vivek Tankha raised the issue of Kunal Kamra and Kangana Ranaut and their row with airlines. Tankha said, "While Kunal Kamra was banned from air travel, only a warning has been given to the media personnel when they boarded a flight to Mumbai from Chandigarh toeing Kangana Ranaut."

In criticism of the Bill, Tankha also asked, “What is the point of enhancing penalties, if the DGCA has not imposed any so far?” He also said that India cannot become a superpower when its aviation safety audit score is lesser than Pakistan and North Korea’s.

On appointment of Director Generals, Tankha pointed out bureaucrats are being appointed in civil aviation bodies, while in other countries, they appoint experts. He also said there is a reduction in budget allocation for the ministry.

13:07 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Airlines under stress due to COVID-19, says NCP’s Praful Patel

During debate on Aircraft Amendment Bill, NCP MP Praful Patel said, "4-5 percent people board flights one time in a year. If this number goes up to 10-15 percent, we would need a huge increase in number of airports and aircraft. Airlines are financially stressed due to COVID-19 and need support."

The former civil aviation minister said, “The Bill is important because with the growth of the sector you have to bring your regulations in line with the international requirements.” Patel added that there is a shortage for technical people to head statutory bodies. “While we are making these three bodies statutory, we have not answered how they will be appointed. We are lacking in specialists,” he said.

Airports are huge opportunity for economic development, he said, adding that there is a need to expand large airports and make new ones in Chennai and Kolkata.

12:54 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Aviation sector in turbulence even before COVID: RJD’s Manoj Jha

RJD’s Manoj Jha observed the aviation sector was in turbulence even before COVID-19 due to policy or non-policy of the government. He asked if the Minister spoke to stakeholders before taking decisions, raising the issue of salary cuts and retrenchment of Air India employees.

CPM’s Jharna Das claimed the Adani group will be the principal beneficiary of the Bill. “We should consider the social responsibility of airlines. Air India needs restructuring and not selling,” she said, alleging the Centre wants to appoint its own people in statutory bodies.

DMK’s P Wilson asked Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to reconsider Section 4(D) of the Bill that gives overwhelming powers to statutory bodies. He sought further development of airports in Tamil Nadu, including Chennai airport. He also sought a separate law for airport land acquisition.

12:35 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

India fares poorer than Pakistan, Nepal in aviation safety: BJD MP

BJD’s Prasanna Acharya said India fares poorer than Pakistan and Nepal in aviation safety audit. “We fared poorly in security audit too. It is very discouraging. I am happy that safety and security concerns are addressed in the Bill. The increase in penalty is also a good feature,” he said in the Rajya Sabha.

Acharya sought to know why Air India is unable to run with full occupancy when private airlines are able to do so. He also questioned why the Bill is not making the three aviation bodies in its ambit functional autonomous.

Samajwadi Party’s Vishambar Prasad Nishad asked about the fate of employees of Air India after the entity is sold out. He sought to know how many poor people managed to utilise the services of UDAN.

12:31 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Aircraft Act needs overhaul, not just amendment: TMC's Dinesh Trivedi

TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi, a trained pilot, lauded the government for bringing back a lot of Indians from abroad under Vande Bharat Mission. “And who did it? It was Air India. You can change the structure of Air India if you want but please don't sell it,” he said.

Welcoming the amendment, Trivedi said the Aircraft Act has to be completely revamped as it has become outdated now. He however, added that an overhaul of the Act is needed. He also drew contrast between the Vande Bharat Mission and how migrant labour travel was facilitated.

He also stressed on the need for more domain expertise in bodies like DGCA and that increased penalties shouldn’t lead to harassment of engineers or pilots.

12:03 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Bill will create employment, reduce operation cost: GVL Narasimha Rao

Highlighting that there has been a spike in passengers and air traffic, BJP’s GVL Narasimha rao commended the government for maintaining transparency during auctions. He also lauded the Vande Bharat mission to evacuate Indians in other countries and stated that all bids for privatisation of airports be done in transparent manner.

Noting that the civil aviation sector has undergone transformation, Rao said passenger traffic has more than doubled in the last five years. He attributed his travel from Vijaywada to Kapada in Rs 800 to the government’s flagship scheme UDAN. The objective of the Prime Minister is to make air travel safer and accessible for all sections of society, not just the elite, said Rao.

He also lauded the government's Vande Bharat mission to evacuate Indians from across the world during COVID-19 lockdown. Rao said the real crony capitalism was seen during UPA era and cited 2G and coal auctions.

Rao said the new policy will create employment and reduce cost of operation for airlines.

11:42 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

AAI has become Airports authority of Adani: KC Venugopal

Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said by Diwali and end of the year, India would have pre-COVID 3,00,000 passengers a day.

Congress’ KC Venugopal, while speaking on Bill, raised the issue of the Kozhikode air crash and privatisation of airports. He said that the government went against advice given by its own departments to enable Adani to bag a tender for privatisation of several airports. He further added that this will lead to monopolisation of one company on running airports. In many cases, land was provided by state government, which is now going in private hands.

Venugopal highlighted the near-miss incidents, adding that this could be due to shortage of flight security officers. Recalling the Karipur aircraft tragedy, he said, "We still don't know the reason for the cause of the accident." He also raised doubts on table top airports handling wider aircrafts.

11:02 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Debate on Aircraft Amendment Bill begins

The Bill seeks to convert DGCA, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and Aircraft Accidents Investigation Bureau into statutory bodies.

Under the Act, the penalty for various offences is imprisonment of up to two years, or a fine of up to Rs 10 lakh, or both.  These offences include: (i) carrying arms, explosives, or other dangerous goods aboard aircraft, (ii) contravening any rules notified under the Act, and (iii) constructing building or structures within the specified radius around an aerodrome reference point.  The Bill raises the maximum limit on fines for all these offences from Rs 10 lakh to one crore rupees.

Lok Sabha passed the Bill during Budget session.

10:58 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Bills introduced and withdrawn in the House

Through voice vote, the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018 was withdrawn while the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020 was introduced.

Additionally, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 was also introduced.

10:55 (IST)

Lok Sabha Latest Updates

Adjournment motion over China snooping on India

Congress MP Manickam Tagore has given an Adjournment Motion notice in the Lok Sabha on the issue of 'China's agency watching Indian political leaders and over 10,000 Indians.'

10:50 (IST)

Lok Sabha Latest Updates

Notice over Yechury, others being named in northeast Delhi riots case

Rajya Sabha MP NK Premachandran gives notice over naming of Sitaram Yechury, Yogendra Yadav and others in the Delhi riots case. Economist Jayati Ghosh and Delhi University professor Apoorvanand have also figured in a supplementary charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police in the February riots cases, allegedly for "provoking and mobilising" anti-CAA protesters.

10:40 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Jobs for migrants, online rummy among issues during Zero Hour

Congress’ PL.Poonia said the migrants who returned to their native villages should be given jobs through MNREGA.

BJP’s KC Ramamoorthy said online rummy nothing but gambling and should be banned. “Cricketers and film stars are advertising it,” he added. The Chair said that though it is a state subject, Law Minister should look into it.

DMK’s Tiruchi Siva said that there is a growing learning divide among students who can't access online education.

10:35 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Rising suicides, access to online education among issues during Zero Hour

Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) said industries have shut down due to the lockdown and the result is that people are suffering from depression. He added government should give those who lost their jobs Rs 15,000.

Anand Sharma (Congress) spoke on the surge in suicides. India accounts 15 percent of suicides in the world and there has been a 4 percent increase this year, especially after COVID-19 and lockdown. He demanded active policy intervention and life insurance to cover mental illness too.

TMC’s Santanu Sen said that the term physical distancing should be used instead of social distancing, as the formal may result in increasing social stigma.

09:57 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Entertainment industry can't be targeted because of few people: Jaya Bachchan

Speaking about the online harrassment of celebrities, SP MP Jaya Bachchan said in the Rajya Sabha that the image of the film industry is being tarnished because of a few selected incidents. "Film industry is a source of employment for scores of people. It has always come forward to help the government in its endeavors. Hence, I request you to support the industry," she said.

Without naming him, she also took a dig at Ravi Kishan's statement in the Lok Sabha on Monday in which he had applauded the NCB's work to clean up the drug trafficking and addiction within the film industry. "People who made their names in the industry have called it a gutter. I completely disagree. I hope that govt tells such people not to use this kind of language," Bachchan added.

09:38 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

MPs speak on PM-KISAN scheme, wrong portrayal of leader

BJP's Vikas Mahatme sought that web series should also be certified like movies, highlighting that the recent agitation in Maharashtra over wrong portrayal of a leader. "Web series show abusive language and sex scandals, but there is no law to regulate it," he said.

DMK's M Shanmugam, speaking from the Lok Sabha, said that tenant farmers should also be included in the PM-KISAN scheme.

09:30 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Release funds allocated to Polavaram project: YSRCP MP

Commencing Zero Hour, YSRCP MP Viijaysai Reddy urged the Centre to release funds allocated to Polavaram project.

In response, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that she is in touch with the water resources minister and State finance minister and will follow up on the matter.

09:13 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Bills in the Upper House's legislative business list

  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020
  • National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020
  • Institute of Teaching & Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020
  • Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020

09:07 (IST)

Parliament Monsoon Session Latest Updates

Left parties demand withdrawal of anti-farmer policies

Members of Parliament of the Left parties staged a protest in front of Gandhi statue at the Parliament complex over their demand for withdrawal of 'anti-farmer policies', ahead of the second day of the Monsoon Session.

09:05 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

DMK, TMC, Congress, SP members give Zero Hour notices

In continuation of the protest raised in Lok Sabha by DMK MP TR Baalu over the death by suicide of 12 NEET aspirants, party MP in Rajya Sabha has given a Zero Hour notice over 'adverse impact of holding NEET exams, leading to suicides by students'.

Meanwhile, TMC MP Santanu Sen has given a Zero Hour notice over the 'community spread of COVID-19', while Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan has given a Zero Hour notice over 'alleged conspiracy to defame film industry'.

Congress MP Rajeev Satav has given a Zero Hour notice over 'drawing attention of central government on reservation of Maratha community'.

08:37 (IST)

Parliament Monsoon Session Latest Updates

Cabinet meet likely to be held at 1.30 pm

The Union Cabinet and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs are likely to meet over video conferencing at 1.30 pm, government sources told News18.

08:30 (IST)

Lok Sabha Latest Updates

Rajnath Singh to speak in India-China border row

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the Lok Sabha on the India-China border row at 3 pm, according to the Parliament's list of business for the day.

The matter was raised on Sunday at the Parliament's Business Advisory Committee meeting, meant to discuss and slot agenda for business for the coming session.

Parliament LATEST Updates: Health minister Harsh Vardhan said that the battle against coronavirus is far from over and even though the country has unlocked, community support is crucial to break the chain.

Rajya Sabha passed the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which seeks to improve India's aviation safety ratings and provide statutory status to regulatory institutions, including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Congress MP Manickam Tagore has given an Adjournment Motion notice in the Lok Sabha on the issue of 'China's agency watching Indian political leaders and over 10,000 Indians'.

Speaking about the online harrassment of celebrities, SP MP Jaya Bachchan said in the Rajya Sabha that the image of the film industry is being tarnished because of a few selected incidents. "Film industry is a source of employment for scores of people. It has always come forward to help the government in its endeavors. Hence, I request you to support the industry," she said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address Parliament on the India-China standoff along the Ladakh LAC at 3 pm. The Opposition had raised the issue at the first business advisory committee (BAC) meeting for Lok Sabha chaired by Speaker Om Birla on Sunday.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, and Minister of Home, state, G Kishan Reddy will also be making statements in Lok Sabha today. Union Minister Pralhad Joshi will move The Salary, Allowances, and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020, while Ram Vilas Paswan will move The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for consideration and passing.

In Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman will make a statement on the circumstances which had necessitated immediate legislation by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. The National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020, The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 are among the bills listed for business today.

The Monsoon Session is seeing a plethora of protocols in place in view of the coronavirus outbreak. It is compulsory for members to wear masks, while the staff at the Parliament complex is conducting intensive sanitisation at regular intervals.

Ahead of the commencement of the Monsoon Session first day on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on MPs to send out a unanimous message that the entire country stands behind its armed forces. “I hope the Parliament, and all its members, will send out a message in a unanimous voice, spirit and resolve that the country stands in support of them,” he said.

During the 30-minute Zero Hour, the Treasury benches avoided issues like the India-China border row, unemployment, migrant crisis and economic slowdown, but discussions were held on NEET, coronavirus and bills seeking reforms in the banking and medicine sectors. NCP’s Supriya Sule was the only MP who raised the issue of unemployment and economic crisis. Urging the Centre to assist Maharashtra, she said, “On the first day, we should have discussed the state of economy and unemployment. I don’t see the Centre talking much about these issues,” she said.

In the Lok Sabha, Union ministers introduced eight Bills in the Lok Sabha and the House passed two pending Bills.

In the Rajya Sabha, JD(U) MP Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected the deputy chairman. In the Upper House, five bills, including on reduction in the remuneration of ministers and protection of healthcare professional in epidemic, were introduced.



September 15, 2020 at 04:02PM

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