The proceedings in Lok Sabha began with a motion to suspend starred questions and private member’s business in the current session due to COVID-19. A similar motion was also moved in Rajya Sabha later in the day. In both houses, the motion was adopted.
The Finance Minister also presented the first batch of Supplementary Demand for Grants for 2020-21 in Lok Sabha. Later, bills replacing all the three agriculture ordinances and five others (see agenda) were introduced in Lok Sabha. 2 bills, earlier passed by Rajya Sabha in the Budget Session, were then considered and passed.
In Rajya Sabha, Mr. Harivansh Narayan Singh was re-elected as the Deputy Chairman of the House. 4 bills replacing Ordinances were introduced.
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In response to a written question, the Ministry of Labour and Employment informed that over 1 crore migrant workers have returned to their home states in the wake of COVID-19.
While the Deputy Chairman position has been filled today, in Lok Sabha, the position of the Deputy Speaker has remained vacant for 455 days since the beginning of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha. Article 93 of the Constitution states that Lok Sabha will choose two members of the House to be Speaker and Deputy Speaker at the earliest possible. This is the longest period in which the Lok Sabha has functioned without a Deputy Speaker. This surpasses the 269-day period during the 12th Lok Sabha which was the highest previously.
We have done a detailed, sector-wise analysis of the Rs. 20 lakh crore special economic package Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan comparing key policies and programs announced under the scheme and current status of their implementation.