Parliament Monsoon Session LIVE | Health Minister denies delay in Centre’s response to coronavirus crisis, says ‘we swung into action on Jan 7’

Parliament Monsoon Session LIVE: The 18-day Monsoon Session of the Parliament is underway.

Parliament Monsoon Session LIVE | Health Minister denies delay in Centre’s response to coronavirus crisis, says ‘we swung into action on Jan 7’

Rohit Kumar, Editor: Two days after addressing the Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh make a statement on India-China border standoff in Rajya Sabha today. The Defence Minister will likely address the Rajya Sabha at 11 am today. After his address, the opposition will likely question the Modi government over its stand and the Rajnath will likely issue a clarification if required.

Apart from the India-China standoff, the MPs will also discuss the coronavirus crisis today. It is expected that Home Minister Amit Shah will also attend the Parliament today and will likely move the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers Act, 1952 in the Rajya Sabha.

The 18-day Monsoon Session of the Parliament is underway. The Session had begun on September 14 and will continue till October 1.

Here are the LIVE updates from the fourth day of the Parliament Monsoon Session:     

12:11 pm: 64 lakh migrant workers were sent to their home states in govt initiative, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

12:10 am: PM Modi took all COVID-related decisions after taking experts and states into confidence, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Centre made sure adequate funds are available to states to deal with COVID situation, he adds

11:52 am: DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran gives adjournment motion and notice in Lok Sabha over “GST dues payable to Tamil Nadu by the Government of India”

11:45 am: TMC MP Saugata Roy gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over “continued arrest and detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir”

11:40 am: BSP MP Ritesh Pandey gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over “lack of public data on extrajudicial killings”

11:29 am: India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan. Our consistent position is that issues, if any, between India and Pakistan should be resolved bilaterally and peacefully, in an atmosphere free of terror, hostility and violence, says MoS MEA V Muraleedharan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha

The onus is on Pakistan to create such conducive atmosphere including by taking credible, verifiable and irreversible action to not allow any territory under its control to be used for cross border terrorism, he adds

11:22 am: The government wasted the golden months to stop COVID-19. WHO had sounded a warning in December 2019. As China is our neighbouring country, we should have been alert first. Congress’ Rahul Gandhi had also alerted that an epidemic was looming over us, says Congress GN Azad

11:19 am: India has emphasised that Pak should desist from laying untenable claims to Indian territories which have no legal or international credibility, says MoS MEA V Muraleedharaan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha

14,12,835 Indian nationals have returned to India through Vande Bharat Mission. The exercise is ongoing, he adds

11:15 am: India closely consulted all the stakeholders and engaged with US Administration and Congress on issues related to the movement of Indian professionals including those pertaining to the H1B visa programme, says MoS MEA V Muraleedharaan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha

On 4 Aug, a so-called ‘political map’ of Pakistan was unveiled by its PM making absurd assertions and laying untenable claims to our territories in Gujarat, J&K and Ladakh. Our Govt rejected Pak’s claims, he adds

10:50 am: Congress MP Manickam Tagore has given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the agriculture policies in the country

10:45 am: We will protest against agriculture bills in both the houses of Parliament. We are an independent party, the alliance does not mean that we have to agree with whatever they (BJP) say. They have their own agenda, we have ours: Shiromani Akali Dal Party leader Balwinder Bhunder

9:56 am: My mother and my brother are infected with COVID. Many people in Maharashtra are recovering also. Today, the situation in Dharavi is under control. WHO has appreciated efforts of BMC. I want to state these facts as some members here were criticising Maharashtra government yesterday, says Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut

I want to ask the members how did so many people recover? Kya log bhabhi Ji ke papad Kha karke theek ho gaye? This isn’t a political fight but a fight to save the lives of people, he adds

9:46 am: I request for the introduction of ‘special trains’ in Andhra Pradesh. Recently 80 trains were introduced but not a single train running between Hyd-Vizag, Hyd-Tirupati. Request Railway Minister to run special trains between these destinations says YSRCP MP VV Reddy in Rajya Sabha

9:33 am: “Three laws related to farming and farmers have been brought in Parliament which are anti-farmer. Farmers are opposing them all over the country. The central government should withdraw these three laws. The Aam Aadmi Party will vote against them in Parliament,” says Arvind Kejriwal as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) decides to oppose 3 farm bills

8:51 am: DMK MP T Siva has given short duration discussion notice in Rajya Sabha over “ramification of the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020”

8:47 am: BJP MP Mahesh Poddar has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over “cow smuggling in the country especially in the Eastern states”

8:45 am: Shiromani Akali Dal MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over the demand to declare Punjabi language 6th official language of Jammu and Kashmir

8:37 am: Rajnath Singh to make a statement on India-China Ladakh border standoff in Rajya Sabha on Thursday

8:26 am: “Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement at 12 noon on the standoff at LAC. Thereafter, opposition leaders will speak on the issue. If required thereafter, the minister may give clarification,” news agency PTI quoted a source as saying

8:25 am: According to a report by news agency PTI, the opposition will also speak after his statement and Rajnath may give clarification if required and if the Chair permits

8:21 am: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to make a statement on India-China border standoff in Rajya Sabha today

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