COVID-19: No all-party meeting ahead of monsoon session of Parliament

COVID-19: No all-party meeting ahead of monsoon session of Parliament

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha MP and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has arrived in Delhi to attend the Monsoon Session, his first Parliament appearance after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370.

The Session will take up 47 items during its 18 sittings till 1st October. Opposition members protested suspension of question hour but left it at that.

Parliament Monsoon session LIVE updates: The 18-day Monsoon Session of Parliament began from today (September 14) under the shadow of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Question Hour has been scrapped for this monsoon session of the parliament, and instead, written questions could be asked and they will have to be answered. Proceedings will be held for both Houses on Saturday and Sunday too. Birla further said that Zero Hour will be of half-an-hour duration. These include the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, and Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Salary and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

It is reportedly said that the MHA has prepared a list of unstarred questions for the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the basis of queries received from various members of Parliament (MPs).

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Some other new bills are also likely to be introduced, for consideration and passage during this session.

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will sit alternately in four-hour shifts (9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. -7p.m.), apart from a host of measures to ensure that physical distancing will be maintained.

AIR correspondent reports, it was different altogether, from the entrance of the Parliament Complex to the media gallery.

While stormy weather in Parliament will be one of the regular features of the session, there have been many COVID-19-induced changes made to the conduct of business in both Houses. Some were also seen wearing face shields, including Trinamool Congress leader Kalyan Banerjee.

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