PM Modi reached the house by putting on a blue mask
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While Prime Minister Modi was wearing a blue three-ply mask, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan were seen wearing Madhubani masks. Kalyan Banerjee of Trinamool Congress and some members arrived in the House wearing a face shield.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh also reached their seats wearing a white mask. To ensure the safety of the members in the house, plastic shield cover was placed in front of every seat. Amid the changed seating arrangement in the house, many members were also seen to be helpful in reaching their place.
There were around 200 members in the Lok Sabha Chamber, while about 30 members were in the gallery. A large TV screen has been installed in the Lok Sabha Chamber itself, through which members of the Lok Sabha sitting in the Rajya Sabha Chamber were also visible.
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Significantly, to ensure social distance between the corona virus epidemic, the Lok Sabha Chamber of Members, along with the gallery, has been seated in the Rajya Sabha. On the first day of the monsoon session, the Lok Sabha proceedings began with the national anthem as per tradition.
On arrival of Prime Minister Modi in the House, members of the electoral office greeted him with applause and also raised slogans of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'. Prime Minister Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar were present in the first row on the ruling side. Along with this, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and many other ministers of the government were also present.
On the opposition side, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary and leaders of several other parties were present in the House. Farooq Abdullah reached the Lok Sabha for the first time after his release from custody. Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, Supriya Sule, Dayanidhi Maran and some other members were seen meeting him warmly. Many other members also greeted each other.
Tributes were paid to former President Pranab Mukherjee, eminent classical singer Pandit Jasraj, current Lok Sabha member Vasant Kumar and 13 former members as soon as the house began its proceedings. The proceedings were then adjourned for one hour.
Lok Sabha approves proposal related to suspension of Question Hour
Opposition parties opposed the suspension of the question hour and accused the government of avoiding questions, which the government said was an extraordinary situation in which political parties should cooperate.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that during this session, the leaders of most parties had agreed not to keep the Question Hour and non-official business and even if there is no Question Hour, members can question the Government.
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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said that the government is not running away from questions and it is ready to answer all the questions. The House approved the proposal regarding suspension of Question Hour and non-official business.
When the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs made this proposal, Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, the leader of the Congress in the House, said that the Question Hour is 'Golden Age' and it can also be called the soul of the House. It is for the accountability of the government.
He alleged that after 73 years of independence, the government is doing the work of strangling democracy by removing the question hour. Asaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM, Manish Tiwari of Congress and Kalyan Banerjee of Trinamool Congress also opposed the proposal.
MPs will register attendance from 'Attendance Register' app
A new initiative has been launched to record the presence of MPs in the Lok Sabha. This is the first of its kind initiative wherein MPs have to register their presence with the help of 'Attendance Register' app. The Lok Sabha Secretariat has given information about this.
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, MPs register their attendance using the 'Attendance Register' App: Lok Sabha Secretariat pic.twitter.com/6RTzqdZFOk
– ANI (@ANI) September 14, 2020