Harivansh Singh Named RS Dy Chairman; PM Lauds His ‘Unbiased Role’

Catch all the live updates from Parliament’s Monsoon Session here.

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Catch all the live updates from Parliament’s Monsoon Session here.

NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected as the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha after a voice vote on the first day of the Monsoon Session on Monday, 14 September.

“The respect I hold for Harivansh ji, each member of the House shares (that). He has earned this respect. His unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quoted as saying in Rajya Sabha on Singh’s election.

The proceedings for the Upper House began after the Lok Sabha session which started at 9 am and went on for four hours.

Meanwhile, at least 17 Members of Parliament, including Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Sahib Singh, have tested positive for COVID-19. The tests were conducted before the Parliament session began on Monday morning.

  • In Rajya Sabha, tributes were paid to Pranab Mukherjee and others who passed away recently, after which the House was adjourned for an hour
  • 359 members attended proceedings of the Lok Sabha on the first day of the session, the Lower House secretariat said
  • Arriving at the Parliament and addressing the media ahead of the session, PM Modi said he believed all members would give a united message that the country stands with its soldiers
  • Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that suspension of question hour was strangulation of democracy

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1:45 AM, 14 Sep

No All-Party Meetings Ahead of Parliament Monsoon Session

NDTV reported on Sunday, 13 September, that no all-party meetings will be held before the session begins on Monday. This is a departure from the usual, and is perhaps happening for the first time in two decades, the report said. However, there will be a Business Advisory Committee meeting on Sunday to discuss the agenda in the monsoon session, which will be “nearly an all party meeting,” Hindustan Times reported. At this meeting, concerns such as the abolition of Question Hour and the curtailing of Zero Hour may be raised.

1:45 AM, 14 Sep

Special COVID-19 Norms in Parliament

In what is a first of its kind arrangement, the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will have turn-wise sittings in order to maintain social distance norms.

On the first day of the session, the Lok Sabha will meet from 9am to 1pm, and the Rajya Sabha will meet from 3pm to 7pm. The Zero Hour will be for 30 minutes.

On subsequent days, the Rajya Sabha will meet from 9 am till 1pm while the Lok Sabha will meet from 3pm to 7pm, reported The Deccan Chronicle.

1:45 AM, 14 Sep

Bills Expected to Be Discussed

The government has lined up 23 new bills for introduction in the Monsoon Session. Of these, 11 seek to replace ordinances, reported PTI.

One of the ordinances that the government intends to pass as a bill is one that relates to providing preventive measures against violence on healthcare personnel.

Another ordinance that is set to be replaced by a bill is one that deals with reduction of MPs’ salaries by 30 percent, starting 1 April 2020. The amount thus saved will be used to tackle the pandemic.

2:29 AM, 14 Sep

Farooq Abdullah To Attend Parliament, First Time Since Article 370 Move

Lok Sabha MP and former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah arrived in Delhi on Sunday to attend the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning on Monday, his first visit to the national capital after the abrogation of Article 370.

The National Conference president is likely to be in focus since he was under detention during the last two sessions.

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