Parliament monsoon session: Former PM Manmohan Singh, 15 others to remain absent

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is among the many Rajya Sabha MPs who’ve sought the Upper House’s permission to stay absent for part of or your complete monsoon session.

On Wednesday, Rajya Sabha chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu mentioned the lawmakers had sought depart of absence for well being causes.

MPs who’ve sought depart embody Parimal Nathwani of the YSRCP; Navaneethakrishnan of the AIADMK; KG Kenye of the NPF; Banda Prakash and Lakshmikantha Rao of the TRS; nominated MP Narendra Jadhav; Hishey Lachungpa from Sikkim Democratic Front; Congress’ Oscar Fernandes and P Chidambaram; TMC’s Manas Ranjan Bhunia; Anbumani Ramadoss of the PMK; Sushil Kumar Gupta of the AAP; and JDU’s Mahendra Prasad.

On Monday, the House was knowledgeable that Subhasish Chakraborty and Sukhendu Sekhar Ray of the TMC have additionally sought permission to remain away throughout the session on well being grounds.

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Parliament’s monsoon session is being held amid the pandemic and each Houses of Parliament have made intensive preparations to make sure bodily distancing and different protocols in place for stopping the unfold of the virus are adhered to.

Rajya Sabha proceedings are being held between 9am and 1pm; among the members have to sit down in galleries in addition to the Lok Sabha chambers as a way to adhere to the bodily distancing requirement.

MPs additionally needed to bear a compulsory Covid-19 test earlier than being allowed to attend the session.

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RS members additionally raised the difficulty of oxygen shortfall in a number of states. Congress’ Digvijay Singh mentioned oxygen costs have gone up from Rs 10 to Rs 50 per cubic metre. In Devas, Madhya Pradesh, 4 sufferers died because of the lack of oxygen; Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat have seen a rise in costs as effectively, he mentioned.

“The Essential Commodities Act is being amended. The heath minister did not address the issue of oxygen shortage in his statement,” Singh mentioned.

BJP’s Bhagwat Karad additionally burdened on the necessity for enough oxygen provide.