The Rajya sabha is expected to take up the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 today. The Lok Sabha has been adjourned 03:30 pm.
Rajya Sabha update:
Earlier today the Rajya Sabha saw an uproar of activity as the AAP and BJP clashed over issue of piped water quality in Delhi;which elicited an angry response from the Chairman Venkaiah Naidu. The issue of JNU protests also led to a fiery debate between the Left parties and the BJP. The Chairman also set aside the notices issued by the opposition to raise the issue of electoral bonds by saying that it was not important enough to set aside the business as usual.
Congress MPs held a protest in the Parliament premises demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi break his silence on the issue.
Lok Sabha update:
The issue of air pollution and climate change was discussed in detail in the Lok Sabha. Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar took questions on the issue and assured that all concerns raised during the debate would be looked into and appropriate steps would be taken.
Earlier during the discussion Javadekar said, “I call street workers and people who clean up our roads to discuss and celebrate Diwali with them. They have told me that in comparison with the previous years, only 20-30 per cent firecrackers were burst this year. I appeal to each and every person to at least plant seven trees and thus we will be able to create an oxygen bank. People must use electric vehicles, take up plogging and cycling. I’ve been using an electric scooter for the past 8 years to go to nearby places. All of us together can contribute in bringing down air pollution.”
Prakash Javadekar in #LokSabha: Apart from emissions from industries, motor vehicles and stubble burning, #Winters play a major role in aggravating air pollution.
Air becomes stagnant in winters.#DelhiAirPollution @LiveLawIndia
— Akshita Saxena (@_Akshita_Saxena) November 22, 2019
The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 was also introduced in the Lok Sabha. It seeks to replace the existing ordinance on E-cigarettes.
Following global concerns over their potential impact on individual and public health, India introduced the Bill today, replacing an Ordinance issued in September. India is among 30-odd countries to have banned e-cigarettes, including Brazil, Mexico and Thailand.
— PRS Legislative (@PRSLegislative) November 22, 2019
The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 03:30 pm.
The Rajya Sabha session, chaired by the Deputy Chairman, resumes with the list of bills to be discussed. BJP MP, Prabhat Jha introduces the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (amendment of articles 51A) which aims to include cleanliness in the Fundamental Duties of the Constitution.
Story by Sanket Nayak and Abhinaya.K with inputs from PTI