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Highlights: Lok Sabha adjourned till 5 pm

The session began with Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu condoling the demise of BJP leader Ashok Ghasti. The house was then adjourned for 30 minutes.

By Shivani | Updated: Sep 21, 2020 15:22 IST
Highlights: Lok Sabha adjourned till 5 pm
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On the fifth day of the monsoon session, the Rajya Sabha passed four bills on Friday, including Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

During the discussion on homeopathy bill, the members of Parliament raised concerns on bringing an ordinance. Responding to the concerns, the health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the the government is committed to providing affordable and easy healthcare facilities to every citizen.

There was nothing "abnormal" and that governments have been taking this route, depending on the necessity, he also said.

Meanwhile, the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill and the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill were moved by the union ministers G Kishan Reddy and Pralhad Joshi.

All four bills were passed by the voice vote.

The session commenced at 9am today amid the rising Covid-19 cases in parliament. It began with Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu condoling the demise of BJP leader Ashok Ghasti. The house was then adjourned for 30 minutes.

Follow the live proceedings of monsoon session here:

04:47 PM IST

Lok Sabha adjourned till 5 pm amid ruckus

Lok Sabha has been adjourned due to ruckus till 5 pm.

02:38 PM IST

Kejriwal requests non-BJP parties to oppose 3 Bills related to agriculture sector in Rajya Sabha

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requests all non-BJP parties to oppose the three Bills related to the agriculture sector introduced by the Centre in the Rajya Sabha.

01:21 PM IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 9am of September 19.

01:18 PM IST

Rajya Sabha passes two more bills

Rajya Sabha passes Salaries, Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill by the voice vote and the Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020 by the voice vote.

01:16 PM IST

Heated discussion between leaders and MoS

Heated discussion takes place between the minister of state for home affairs and other leaders in Rajya Sabha over PMCares funds, Vista project and the bullet trains project.

01:14 PM IST

Restore MPLADS funds: Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad

Voicing with other leaders' demand to restore MPLADS funds, Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad says that these funds are vital, and asked that its suspension be modified from two years to one yea.

01:06 PM IST

MoS for home affairs responds to concerns

Minister of state for home affairs, Kishan Reddy Kishan Reddy responds to the concerns raised by the leaders in Rajya Sabha.

01:05 PM IST

YSRCP MP from Andhra Pradesh V. Vijayasai Reddy supports the bill

YSRCP MP from Andhra Pradesh V. Vijayasai Reddy supports the bill however asks for MPLAD funds to be restored.

01:02 PM IST

Rajya Sabha extended as discussion is still underway

House extended as the leaders still discuss the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill.

12:38 PM IST

I support the salary cut: SP MP

I support the salary cut, but object to the suspension of MPLAD funds. This money is used to help the people in our constituencies, says Samajwaadi Party MP from Uttar Pradesh Vishambhar Prasad Nisha.

12:31 PM IST

Congress should not politicise Covid-19: BJP MP

After Congress MP raises equations over PMCares funds, BJP MP Shwait Malik says the opposition should not politicise Covid-19.The funds are being used wisely, and for coronavirus response, said Malik.

12:22 PM IST

Congress MP from Maharashtra Rajeev Satav speaks in favour of the bill

Congress MP from Maharashtra Rajeev Satav speaks in favour of the Salaries and Allowances bill; says willing to work for Re.1 if that would aid Covid-19 response.

The minister also called against the suspension of MPLAD. He also asked for the Central Vista project be suspended until the Covid-19 fight on.

12:45 PM IST

Discussion on Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill begins

Minister of state for home affairs, Kishan Reddy moves the motion for discussion on the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, on behalf of Home Minister Amit Shah.

"To control this pandemic and provide relief the Centre is working on all angles. Under this amendment, there will be a deduction of 30 per cent in the salaries and allowances of MPs, Ministers from April 1, 2020, to March 2021. I urge all MPs to unanimously pass this Bill," Reddy

11:58 AM IST

Two medical bills passed in Lok Sabha

Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill passed by voice vote.


"The government is committed to ensure that all kinds of medicines are available to the citizens. We also have the National Digital Mission. New medical institutes are opening under which there are blocks dealing with Indian medicines," said the health minister.

11:44 AM IST

PM Modi will remembered fondly in history of health reforms, says health minister

In response to the statements that the Modi government is trying to ruin health sector of the country, Dr Harsh Vardhan says "whenever history will be written about health reforms of India, PM Modi will remembered fondly."

First published: Sep 18, 2020 07:43 IST