The discussion on the Demands for Grants for 2022-23 came to a close in Lok Sabha today with the remaining Demands for Grants being guillotined. The Appropriation Bill, 2022 authorising payments from the Consolidated Fund of India was also passed.
Earlier in the day, the Minister of Commerce and Industry responded to the discussion on the Demands for Grants for his ministry.
In his reply, the Minister said that although the MSME sector doesn't have a separate allocation under the PLI schemes, the sector would indirectly benefit from it through the ancillary ecosystem that the big players would attract.
In Rajya Sabha, the discussion on the working of the Ministry of Railways concluded. During Question Hour in the House, a Member asked the External Affairs Minister if India's position on the Russia-Ukraine crisis could have a possible negative effect on its ties with its allies.
In response, the Minister assured the House that India's position remains to encourage cessation of hostilities and a return to diplomacy and dialogue.
Numbers to note
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways informed Lok Sabha that the number of traffic violations after the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 stood at 4.85 crore (September 2019 to February, 2022). This number was 1.39 crore between February 2017 to August 2019.