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Parliament Updates: LS adjourned till 3 pm tomorrow; House passes bill reducing MPs' salaries, amended Essential Commodities Bill

Parliament Updates: The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, has been passed in the Lok Sabha, by voice vote. The House has been adjourned until 3 pm on 16 September, 2020

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Parliament Updates: LS adjourned till 3 pm tomorrow; House passes bill reducing MPs' salaries, amended Essential Commodities Bill

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16:50 (ist)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

Several MPs speak in favour of restoring MPLAD Funds

Several MPs speak for restoration of MPLAD funds. As per The Indian Express, MPLAD is a central government scheme, under which MPs can recommend development programmes involving spending of Rs 5 crore every year in their respective constituencies. MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, including nominated ones, can do so.

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.

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.

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.

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Sept 15, 2020 - 20:00 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm tomorrow

Sept 15, 2020 - 19:58 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

Lok Sabha passes The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020

The Act empowers the central government to control the production, supply, distribution,  trade, and commerce in certain commodities. The Ordinance seeks to increase competition in the agriculture sector and enhance farmers’ income. It aims to liberalise the regulatory system while protecting the interests of consumers.

Sept 15, 2020 - 19:51 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

SAD 'exposed' after introduction of farm bills in Parliament, says Punjab CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the introduction of farm bills in Parliament by the Centre had "totally exposed" the Shiromani Akali Dal's "pretence" of protecting the interests of farmers of the state.

  With the BJP-led NDA government going ahead with laying the bills on the table of the House on the very first day of Parliament session on Monday, instead of accepting SAD's "so-called plea" to defer the same, the Akali "charade" on the issue had been laid bare, the chief minister said.

Last week, the Akalis had appealed to the BJP-led Centre not to present three farm ordinances for approval in Parliament until "all reservations" expressed by farmers are "duly addressed"

Sept 15, 2020 - 19:39 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

Lower House remains divided over Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill

House divided on the Bill over delimitation of stock. BJD's Bhartruhari Mahtab and BSP's Danish Ali oppose the Bill, with the latter accusing the government of selling everything, from airports to railways and now crop production, to corporates.

Lok Sabha is currently discussing the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill amends the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

Three ordinances were promulgated in the agricultural sector earlier this year, of which the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020, was one. Bills to replace all 3 ordinances were introduced in the Lok Sabha yesterday.

Sept 15, 2020 - 19:26 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

Punjab farmers block roads, say MPs supporting farm bills to be barred from villages

Punjab's agitating farmers on Tuesday warned that any Punjab MP who supports the farm bills in parliament will not be allowed to enter the villages as they blocked roads at many places as part of their state-wide protest.  

The protesting farmers squatted on highways and other key roads for two hours at several places across the state against the three bills calling them anti-farmer. Commuters faced inconvenience because of road blockades while the authorities diverted traffic.            

The Centre introduced the bills on food and agriculture reform in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The proposed legislations seek to provide barrier-free trade for farmers' produce outside notified farm mandis, and empower farmers to enter into farming agreements with private players prior to production for sale of agri-produce.        

MPs who support these farm bills in parliament will not be allowed to enter villages and we will teach him a lesson, warned Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) general secretary Harinder Singh Lakhowal. Calling the bills worse than coronavirus, he said they would negatively affect farmers, arthiyas (commission agents) and farm labourers, if implemented.

Sept 15, 2020 - 19:16 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

Free ration distributed to 2.67 cr migrants per month in May, June: Govt tell LS

Free ration was distributed to 2.67 crore migrant workers per month in May and June against the target of 8 crore under the Atmanirbhar Bharat package announced following the COVID-19 outbreak, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.  

"Until 31 August, about 2.67 lakh tonnes (provisional) of foodgrains have been distributed under the scheme to about 2.67 crore persons (i.e. 94.6 per cent of estimated beneficiaries by States/UTs) per month for the months of May and June," Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs Danve Raosaheb Dadarao said.

The minister, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, further said the Centre had liberally allocated foodgrains to cover maximum migrants/stranded migrants. The government had allocated 8 lakh tonnes for two months. 

-PTI

Sept 15, 2020 - 19:09 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

Shiv Sena, JDU extend support to Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill

As per The Hindu, DM Kathir Anand, DMK, says the the proposed amendment is open to debate before being passed, the ordinance route had bypassed the legislation route. "The amendment is likely to benefit the MNCs, big corporates, but not the farmers directly," he says, urging the government to send the Bill to Select Committee.

Both the Shiv Sena and the JD(U) are also in favour of the amendment.

Sept 15, 2020 - 18:56 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

Congress MP asks Centre to seek detailed report on sexual assault of COVID patient in Kerala

Congress member Suresh Kodikunnil on Tuesday raised the issue of sexual assault on a COVID-19 patient in Kerala and urged the Centre to seek a detailed report on the incident.

Raising the matter during Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, he said it shows that there is no protection available for coronavirus patients in the southern state. "The incident that has happened in the state of Kerala is a shame for the country. So I would like to request that the Health and Family Welfare Ministry should ask for a detailed report on the incident, Kodikunnil said.

Earlier this month, a 19-year-old woman COVID-19 patient was sexually abused by an ambulance driver while she was being shifted to a first line treatment centre near Pathanamthitta in Kerala, police said.

-PTI

Sept 15, 2020 - 18:50 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

MP's Sougata Roy, Amar Singh oppose Essential Commodities (Amendement) Bill

MP Sougata Roy, MP Amar Singh on Tuesday opposed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in the Lower House. Singh said the legislation departs from the Principal Act as Act empowers the government to issue directions to ensure 'equitable distribution' and 'maintenance fair prices' whereas a bill restricts power to 'extraordinary circumstances.'

Sept 15, 2020 - 18:27 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Update

Proposed pay cut in salaries to save less than 0.001% of Centre's COVID package: Report

The amendments to reduce salaries and allowances of MPs and Ministers, under The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, are done to supplement the central government’s resources to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The question is whether this reduction has a significant impact to help ramp up financial resources needed to fight COVID-19.

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

Parliament LATEST Updates: The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, has been passed in the Lok Sabha, by voice vote. The House has been adjourned until 3 pm on 16 September, 2020.

Lok Sabha is currently discussing the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill amends the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

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

Rajnath Singh today addressed the Parliament on the border tension with China. He said India is 'very serious about issues of sovereignty' and the country is 'prepared for all outcomes' to ensure that it is maintained.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed Narendra Modi for 'misleading the nation on Chinese infiltration'. 'When will we take back the land of our country from China? Do not be afraid to name China,' he said in a tweet

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.

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