Parliament session starts amid strict Covid-19 measures

The Monsoon Session of Parliament is starting today and will continue for the next 18 days. 47 items have been identified for being taken up during the Monsoon Session 2020, which includes 45 Bills and two financial items.

In view of Covid-19 pandemic, entry of ex-MPs/MLCs/MLAs/personal secretaries/personal assistants/family members/personal guests and visitors accompanying MPs restricted inside the Parliament House till further orders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his comments before the parliament session, delivered a strong message on the China dispute 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 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.

Noting that many important decisions and debates will happen in Parliament, he expressed confidence that MPs will take part in “value addition” to discussions.

He also said that the “Parliament session being held under special circumstances and MPs have chosen the path of duty amid the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Lok Sabha adjourned for an hour after paying tributes to former President Pranab Mukherjee, one sitting MP, 13 ex-parliamentarians

Parliamentarians paid tribute to ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, ex-Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi, MP governor Lalji Tandon, UP ministers Kamal Rani and Chetan Chauhan, and ex-union minister Rahguvansh Prasad Singh and others who passed away this year.