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No winter session of parliament due to COVID-19: Centre

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Putting an end to all speculations, the Union government has clarified that there will be no winter session of the parliament due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notably, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary had earlier written a letter to the government demanding that the winter session of the parliament be held to discuss the ongoing farmers’ protest and the contentious farm laws. Chaudhary had also asserted that there is a need to amend the farm laws.

MPs in favour of scrapping winter session

In his reply to Chaudhary’s letter, parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi has said that all political parties are in favour of scrapping the winter session amid the pandemic to prevent any further spread. Joshi also said that rather than conducting the winter session, the budget session of the parliament will be held in January.

However, Congress has refuted the claims of Joshi saying it was not consulted before arriving at a decision to scrap the winter session. Joshi, in his reply, said that the winter months are crucial in containing the recent spurt in cases, especially in the national capital.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted: “The Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha was NOT consulted. Mr. Pralhad Joshi is as usual departing from the truth.”

Situation then & now

Earlier, the government had held the monsoon session in September when the COVID-19 situation was at its worst with 70,000-90,000 fresh cases being reported on a daily basis. Also, the daily death toll was very with over 800 deaths reported every day.

The Centre in fact held the monsoon session as one of the most productive sessions with 27 bills passed in 10 continuous sittings. The contentious farm laws were also passed during the monsoon session amid chaos and protests by the Opposition parties.

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The health ministry on Tuesday informed that 22,065 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 99.06 lakh.

So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.

Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.

Also, 354 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,43,709.

Previously, the death toll had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 16. Similarly, the biggest surge of over 97,894 cases was reported on September 17.

 

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