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.
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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.
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First published: Sep 18, 2020 07:43 IST