New Delhi: Lok Sabha discussed the “Covid-19 pandemic and various aspects related to it” on Thursday, the fourth day of the ongoing winter session of Parliament. The discussion, held under rule 193, holds significance amid rising concerns over the new Covid-19 variant Omicron being reported in many countries. The new Omicron variant was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by South Africa on November 24.
On the first day of the winter session, Parliament passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 without discussion. Rajya Sabha has been witnessing ruckus for the past two days as Opposition leaders protested against suspension of 12 MPs for the rest of the session. The MPs were suspended over “unruly” behaviour in the previous session. The winter session, which convened on Monday, is scheduled to conclude on December 23.
Here are the top updates from the winter session of Parliament:
– Rajya Sabha passes The Dam Safety Bill, 2019. The Bill provides for the surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of specified dams in India via a regulatory body.
– “I would, on behalf of TMC, like to humbly appeal to the presiding officers of both Houses to rectify television coverage. All protests are censored on the TV & we demand this censorship to be stopped, Parliament cannot be converted into a closed chamber,” said TMC MP Derek O’Brien.
– Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met the 12 Rajya Sabha MPs suspended for the rest of the session.
– Dam Safety Bill 2021 in RS: Speaking against the Bill, DMK MP Tiruchi Siva argues, “The Bill takes away the right of the states. Federalism can’t be crippled. State’s power cannot be encroached and transgressed. I urge, this bill have to be referred to select committee.”
– Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
– Opposition MPs raised slogans on the issue of farmers’ deaths, rising inflation in Rajya Sabha. Congress, NCP, RJD, TRS and IUML stage walkout from Rajya Sabha over the issue of inflation while Trinamool Congress walked out over various issues including suspension of 12 Opposition MPs.
– Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 noon amid ruckus by the Opposition over the suspension of 12 MPs.
– Congress MP Manish Tewari on Thursday gave an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on the issue of ‘rising inflation’.
– Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will move the ‘Dam Safety Bill 2019’ in Rajya Sabha on Thursday for further consideration and passage. The Bill was also moved in the House on Wednesday but couldn’t be passed due to the ruckus created by the Opposition on various issues followed by repeated adjournments of the House.
– Opposition party leaders staged a protest at the Gandhi statue in Parliament on Thursday wearing black bands against the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs.
-Congress MP Manickam Tagore moved an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha to “discuss damage followed by the heavy floods as well as excessive rainfall in Tamil Nadu and to direct the government to announce compensation of Rs 4,626 crore flood relief for affected farmers and people who lost their property”.
-Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Manoj Kumar Jha moved a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha on the matter of ‘caste-based census’. In his letter to Secretary-General of the Upper House, Jha said, “In order to assure that ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas is a reality we must urgently count the ladder of our social edifice and for that it is important that Socio-Economic Caste Census be undertaken on priority and with an urgency.”
-Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will move the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.
(With Inputs from ANI)