Top News

Sunday, Sep 20, 2020 11:30 [IST]

Last Update: Sunday, Sep 20, 2020 05:50 [IST]

Covid effect: Monsoon Session may be curtailed, parties agree

NEW DELHI (IANS): Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, all political parties in a Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of Parliament on Saturday agreed to curtail the ongoing Monsoon Session as early as September 24.
It is learnt that all the parties agreed to end the session by Wednesday or Thursday in next week (September 23 or September 24), curtailing about 7-8 sittings.  
As the final decision will be taken by LokSabha Speaker Om Birla, all the members of the BAC in the meeting on Saturday evening agreed to curtail the sittings of the session which was to be concluded on October 1, said sources.
Sources said amid some Members of Parliament testing positive for Covid-19 during the session, Opposition parties conveyed to the government that conducting the full 18-day session could be a risky affair.
The parties agreed in the BAC, chaired by Birla, to pass six major Bills brought by the government before concluding the Monsoon Session which started on September 14.
The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020; Code on Social Security and Welfare, 2020; Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2020 are among the Bills which the government wants passed as part of labour reform initiatives.    
Besides, Jammu and Kashmir Official Language Bill, 2020; National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020; and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 and any other item with the permission of the chair will be passed by the House before curtailing the sittings of the House.
Almost all the 15 BAC members, besides Trinamool MP SudipBandyopadhyay, attended the meeting. Others who attended the meeting include BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) leader P.P. Chaudhary, Congress leader AdhirRanjanChowdhury, BJP MP from Bihar's PashchimChamparan Sanjay Jaiswal, BJP MP from Gujarat's SuratDarshanaVikramJardosh, BijuJanata Dal MP PinakiMisra, BJP member Jagdambika Pal and DravidaMunnetraKazhagam MP S.S. Palanimanickam.
Other members include Shiv Sena leader VinayakBhauraoRaut, YSR Congress leader Midhun Reddy, Janata Dal (United) leader Rajiv Ranjan Singh (Lalan), and BJP leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Rakesh Singh and Sunil Kumar Singh.
The LokSabha has so far passed three Bills to replace agriculture sector related ordinances. Also, both the Houses have cleared an ordinance into law to cut by 30 per cent the salaries of members of Parliament to ramp up funds in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier it was decided that 18 sittings each for the LokSabha and the RajyaSabha will be held and both the houses will conduct their session for four hours separately everyday without any off. As per the shift decided in this Monsoon Session, the RajyaSabha is being run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the LokSabha functions from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Timings of the LokSabha on many occasions was enhanced on permission of members.  
The Budget Session of Parliament was also cut-short in March this year due to the coronavirus or Covid-19 outbreak which so far has infected 53,08,014 people across the country.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi