Parliament’s monsoon session starts today: Key points | India News

Parliament’s monsoon session starts today: Key points | India News


NEW DELHI: The monsoon session of parliament is starting today. The session will conclude on August 31:
Here are the key points about the monsoon session:
*This is the the first full session of parliament since the Covid-19 hit the country last year. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, the session will be held in both the Houses of Parliament with all the necessary protocols and arrangements being made to accommodate the MPs on a social distancing basis.
*Both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha will function from 11am to 6pm from Monday and there are 19 sittings scheduled for this session.
*This is the first session since the reshuffle of the Union Council of ministers. On day one, PM will introduce newly inducted ministers to both Houses.
*This is the first session of parliament since the results of assembly polls in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
‘Snooping’ report set to cast a shadow on monsoon session
Spyware Pegasus, which is sold by the NSO Group of Israel, may have been used to conduct surveillance on about 300 Indians, including two serving Cabinet ministers at the Centre, three opposition leaders, a Constitutional authority, government officials, scientists and about 40 journalists, according to French media nonprofit, Forbidden Stories, and Amnesty International.
The list also included activists, businessmen and those from the legal fraternity. A number registered in the name of a sitting Supreme Court judge was also on the database, although it was unclear if the judge was still using it for Whatsapp and other messaging services, The Wire, a web portal which was part of the global media project involving 16 other outlets, reported late Sunday evening.
Since Sunday afternoon there had been speculation over the names and it is expected to trigger a fresh political controversy when Parliament meets on Monday. The allegation of surveillance is set to cast a shadow on the monsoon session of Parliament which gets underway on Monday.
Govt ready for a ‘constructive’ debate on all issues: PM Modi
PM Modi on Sunday assured political parties ahead of the monsoon session of parliament that the government is ready for a “constructive” discussion on all issues even as the opposition objected to a proposal that the PM would address all MPs on the Covid pandemic at the parliament annexe on Tuesday, insisting that he should speak in the two Houses or the Central Hall. The annexe is a separate building within the premises of the parliament complex.
Opposition parties said it will be “highly irregular” for the PM to speak to MPs at the Annexe at a time when parliament is in session. “What is the need to go outside parliament? Any address should be on the floor of the House,” TMC RS member Derek O’Brien, who was at the meeting, said.
Sonia Gandhi recasts parliament panels, two G-23 members in
After stressing the importance of close coordination with opposition parties in a party strategy meeting last week, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday reconstituted the subgroups in the party to fine-tune the floor strategy in the two Houses of parliament, bringing in two G-23 letter-writers in the Lok Sabha panel and three veterans in the Rajya Sabha grouping.
Reconstituting the Lok Sabha subgroup, she included Manish Tewari and Shashi Tharoor to the existing members that are led by party leader in the House, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. Both are members of G23 and were also seen as contenders to replace Chowdhury in case of a change in the leadership in LS. In Rajya Sabha, Congress has included Digvijaya Singh, P Chidambaram and Ambika Soni to the group headed by leader of opposition, Mallukarjun Kharge.
17 new bills
The government has listed 17 new bills for introduction in the session. Three of the bills seek to replace ordinances issued recently.
One of the ordinances issued on June 30, prohibits any agitation and strike by anyone engaged in the essential defence services.
The Essential Defence Services Ordinance 2021 came in the backdrop of the announcement by major federations of the Ordnance Factory Board to go on an indefinite strike from the later part of July to protest the government’s decision to corporatise the OFB.
The Essential Defence Service Bill, 2021 has been listed to replace the ordinance, according to an LS bulletin.
The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021 is another measure that seeks to replace an ordinance.
(With inputs from agencies)





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