Parliament replace: Both Houses meet amid COVID-19 pandemic; Rajya Sabha re-elects Harivansh as Dy Chairman

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New Delhi: The monsoon session of Parliament commenced on Monday (September 14) amid uncommon circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lok Sabha members seated in numerous areas, together with the Rajya Sabha chamber, in view of the bodily distancing norms put in place to test the unfold of coronavirus.

Before the Lower House met at 9 am, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed confidence that Parliament will unitedly give a message that the nation is standing solidly behind troopers guarding India’s borders.

In an obvious reference to the continuing border row with China in Ladakh, Modi stated Indian troopers are bravely discharging their duties whereas standing guard in tough hilly terrains with snowfall anticipated within the coming days and weeks.

Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, he stated MPs have chosen the trail of their responsibility and added that each one precautions can be taken. Modi additionally enquired concerning the well being of media personnel whereas noting that they won’t get the chance to move round freely like earlier than because of the coronavirus tips.

As some Lok Sabha members attended the House proceedings whereas seated within the Rajya Sabha chamber, Speaker Om Birla stated that is maybe for the primary time that such an association had been put in place. Birla additionally stated members wouldn’t have to face whereas talking as a part of the brand new procedures put in place to comprise the unfold of coronavirus. Members participated in debates whereas sitting on their numbered seats.

The Speaker stated rules have been eased to permit Lok Sabha members to take a seat in Rajya Sabha and equally Rajya Sabha members can occupy seats within the decrease home to make sure distancing through the session of the higher home. 

The Lok Sabha secretariat stated 359 members attended the proceedings of Lok Sabha on Monday. With two vacancies, the present power to Lok Sabha is 541. An enormous TV display within the Lok Sabha chamber confirmed only a few Lok Sabha members have been occupying seats within the Rajya Sabha chamber.

Benches which often accommodate six members had a numbered sitting plan for under three. Glass-like plastic shields of various sizes have been put in in entrance of benches to guard members from coronavirus. The protect additionally lined a part of the members’ sides.

The entrance seats of the Treasury benches on the correct of the Speaker’s podium have been occupied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sitting on a seat marked as primary, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on seat quantity 2, and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on seat quantity 3.

The entrance seats of the opposition benches have been occupied by T R Baalu of the DMK and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress.
Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, 80, was helped contained in the House on a wheelchair and was seated subsequent to National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah within the second row of opposition benches.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan made an announcement within the House on the novel coronavirus, saying the central authorities undertook the COVID-19 problem with the very best degree of political dedication.

During the proceedings, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sought Parliament’s nod for extra spending of Rs 2.35 lakh crore, which features a money outgo of Rs 1.66 lakh crore, primarily to satisfy bills for combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

The authorities additionally launched three payments on the farm sector with Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar asserting that they may assist farmers get a remunerative worth for his or her produce in addition to non-public investments and know-how. 

The Centre additionally launched The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, which is able to exchange ordinances promulgated by the federal government earlier.

Another invoice which seeks to scale back for one yr the salaries of MPs by 30 per cent “to meet the exigencies arising out of COVID-19 pandemic” was additionally launched. It additionally seeks to switch an ordinance.

Harivansh re-elected Dy Chairman of Rajya Sabha

NDA nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh was re-elected because the deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu declared Harivansh elected after a movement moved by BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda, and seconded by Leader of the House Thaawarchand Gehlot, was carried by a voice vote.

Opposition events led by the Congress and the DMK had moved motions for electing RJD’s Manoj Kumar Jha however these weren’t put to vote as they didn’t press for it. 

Leaders of assorted events greeted Harivansh, the nominee of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, on his election. The Janata Dal (United) chief acquired lavish reward from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who stated Harivansh belongs to all sides of the aisle.

“He has conducted proceedings in an impartial manner. He has been an outstanding umpire and will continue being so in the times to come,” Modi stated, including Harivansh has in his first time period made efforts to make sure productiveness and positivity in Parliament.

“He is a torchbearer of democracy, hailing from Bihar, a land known for its democratic ethos” and that has shut hyperlinks “with JP, Karpoori Thakur and Bapu’s Champaran Satyagraha”. “Be it as a journalist or social worker, he has endeared himself to many. We have all seen the manner in which he conducts the House proceedings,” Modi stated.

The election was necessitated as Harivansh accomplished his time period as a member of Rajya Sabha this yr. In 2018, Harivansh had defeated Congress’ BK Hariprasad within the election to the put up.

Narrating his humble background, the PM spoke about how Harivansh might get a pair of sneakers solely throughout highschool and added that JP has left a lot affect on him. He stated the House has seen 250 periods and displays a mature democracy. He additionally congratulated Manoj Jha.

The prime minister lauded Naidu and his staff additionally for making preparations for the sleek functioning of the House throughout COVID-19.

Speaking on the event, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad stated, “This is the second time he has been elected as the deputy chairman of the House. I congratulate him. He has been just to members of all parties.”

Harivansh expressed gratitude in direction of all of the members of the House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Naidu and leaders of assorted events.

Rajnath Singh to make assertion Sino-India standoff on Tuesday 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is more likely to make an announcement in Parliament on Tuesday on the persevering with standoff between Indian and Chinese troops alongside the LAC in japanese Ladakh, Parliamentary sources stated.

The assertion would assume significance within the backdrop of calls for made by the Opposition for a debate on the problem. Singh had met his Chinese counterpart Gen Wei Fenghe in Moscow just lately. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chinese overseas minister Wang Yi had additionally met in Moscow just a few days in the past.

Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs are additionally more likely to meet over video conferencing on Tuesday afternoon, authorities sources stated.

During the monsoon session, which started on Monday, the opposition is in search of to nook the federal government on its dealing with of the standoff with China alongside the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the COVID-19 scenario, financial downturn and unemployment, and is urgent for discussions on these points.

The Congress and different opposition events raised these calls for within the first enterprise advisory committee (BAC) assembly for Lok Sabha chaired by Speaker Om Birla on Sunday, however no time has been allotted but for these discussions.

The BAC for Lok Sabha can be held once more on Tuesday afternoon to additional focus on the primary week’s enterprise schedule. Similar calls for have been raised by the Congress within the BAC for Rajya Sabha as effectively. 

(With Agency Inputs)