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"Not Running Away" Says Government As Opposition Protests Question Hour Move| Live Updates
Ahead of the session, all members were requested to get themselves tested for COVID-19 and one of them tested positive.
"Not Running Away," Says Government As Opposition Protests Question Hour Move| Live Updates
New Delhi: An 18-day parliament monsoon session started with the unprecedented precautions against the coronavirus, including the staggering sitting of both the houses and social distancing between MPs.PM Modi before the monsoon session in his traditional comments, delivered a strong message on the China disputed at the border.
"We hope parliament and all members will unitedly send the message that the nation stands with our soldiers," PM Modi said.
"Our soldiers are standing firm at the borders with a lot of courage, passion, and a strong resolve to protect their motherland. They are standing on difficult heights and in a few days, will weather snow. In the same manner, I am confident parliament will send a message, in one voice, that it stands firmly behind soldiers guarding our borders," said the Prime Minister.
"It's an extraordinary situation. When assemblies aren't ready to meet for a single day, we, with around 800-850 MPs, are meeting here. There are so many ways to question the government, the government isn't running away from discussion," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said in Lok Sabha.The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh suggested Zero Hour can be used to question the government
Besides the listed agenda of 18 bills a record of the plunge in the economy, Chinese aggression at the border, and the coronavirus crisis is likely to be discussed. Whereas an all-party meeting was not held this time because of the coronavirus outbreak, said the government on Sunday.
Also, there will be four-hour sitting and the parliament will function seven days a week. Whereas only written question and answer will be allowed which has hugely upset the opposition.
Updates on the Monsoon Session 2020:
1-The Lok Sabha will function from 3 PM to 7 PM and the Rajya Sabha will from 9 AM to 1 PM. Only on the first day, the Lok Sabha is meeting in the morning session
2- The short hours and the absence of the Question Hours had upset the opposition. "This government continues to mock parliament. They have canceled Question Hour, slashed Zero Hour by half, want to rush bills without any scrutiny, and create an ordinance raj like never seen before in the last 70 years. The world and our glorious nation must know, this is very dangerous for democracy," Trinamool's Derek O'Brien tweeted.
3- Also there will be 11 bills replacing the slew of an ordinance issued since when parliament was adjourned in the view of coronavirus.
4- The bills that will replace ordinances include the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, one of regulation of support prices, one on Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, the new rule on taxation, and the salaries and allowances of MPs and ministers.
5- The new bills that are brought to be in include three on the labor laws that concern provident funds maternity benefits, industrial disputes, trade unions, and industrial safety and welfare laws
6- At least seven union ministers have contracted the disease and two dozen lawmakers are recovering from it.
7- The session, since the first outbreak of the coronavirus is being held amid huge safety measures at the parliament building complex. The safety measures include seating MPs in a staggered way in chamber of both Houses, as well as galleries to maintain the physical distancing.
8-Ahead of the parliament session all the members were requested to get themselves tested for coronavirus and among one of them tested positive "Requesting all those who have come in close contact with me in the last few days to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms," tweeted the BJP's, Sukanta Majumdar.
9- The Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who recently was admitted to AIIMS on Saturday night.As per the hospital t was a complete medical checkup ahead of the parliament's monsoon session.
10- Whereas the Congress president Sonia Gandhi will not attend the first part f the parliament's monsoon session as she has left Delhi for her annual check-up abroad.