The monsoon session of the Parliament begins on today, and is scheduled to conclude on August 13.
This is the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the sessions in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are being held simultaneously.
In order to maintain safe distancing, the members are seated in the chamber as well as the gallery.
On the first day, as per convention, the Prime Minister will introduce the newly inducted ministers to both the Houses.
During the entire monsoon session, the government has several legislative agendas such as :
- The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 – The Bill seeks to amend the 2011 Act to widen the scope of entities which can engage in factoring business. When introduced in September last year, the Bill was referred to a Standing Committee.
- The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021- The Bill aims at setting up two Institutes of National Importance at Kundli, Haryana and Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.
The opposition is prepared to raise its concerns over the handling of the second wave of COVID-19, rise in fuel prices and farmers’ stir etc. The floor strategy of the Opposition has been discussed in a virtual meeting which was held on Sunday.
During the session, the issue of an international media consortium report would also be discussed in both the two Houses.
As per the report, over 300 verified mobile phone numbers, including of two serving ministers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders and one sitting judge besides scores of business persons and activists, could have been targeted for hacking through an Israeli spyware sold only to government agencies.
The opposition would use it to target the government as some of the members have decided to gives notices of adjournment motion to discuss the matter on the floor of the House.
The government, however, dismissed allegations of any kind of surveillance on its part, saying it “has no concrete basis or truth associated with it whatsoever”.