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Cabinet Ministers updates the lower house on COVID-19

Parliamentary Business Team
Parliamentary Business Team | 18 Mar, 2020 | 12:00 am

Today, on 16th day of the budget session Lok Sabha was in its full form. The dedication level was so high that it even the lunch time was cancelled. The total productivity was 216%, the maximum so far.

Today's productivity was 216%, the maximum so far.
Lok Sabha experienced 12 hours of continuous work.

It started as per schedule time 11:00 a.m. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar told parliament today as the number of cases of the highly contagious disease climbed to 73 across India. "Exceptional situations require exceptional responses," Mr. Jaishankar said, "travel at this time is not recommended as it only heightens risks". Stepping up measures to curb the spread, the Union health ministry on Wednesday said that all existing visas -- except diplomatic, official, UN/International organizations, employment and project visas -- will be suspended till April 15. 

Union health minister Dr. HarshVardhan told parliament that “15 labs have been set up to test for the viruses. National institute of Virology in Pune is our central reference lab. After this we started with 15 labs, because this is not a routine test, it can’t be tested in every laboratory, even now despite this being such a big task, activities are being coordinated at 51 laboratories across the countries and collection centers at 56 locations.”

According to the WHO, a pandemic is declared when a new disease for which people do not have immunity spreads around the world with beyond expectations.

In India maximum cases are reported from Kerala followed by Maharashtra. The government is taking several steps to contain the virus including suspension of visas till April 15.”

The workaholic attitude of the parliamentarians helped the Lok Sabha to achieve the productivity of 216%.


An inquisitive mind is a healthy mind that is why out of 498 eligible parliamentarians only 282 parliamentarians has participated in asking written questions in which 240 were male and 42 were female parliamentarians.

Out of 357 written questions selected in Lok Sabha, 69 questions were for minister of Road Transport and Highways, 8 MPs asked question on the “Low ridership in metro Trains”, 51 for the minister of housing and Urban Affairs, 51 were for the Minister of Civil Aviation.

Shiv Sena 16(88.89%) and NCP 4(80%) were equally participative unlike CPI, LJSP, JD(S), MNF, SAD, and RLP where the participation was zero in asking questions. On the other hand we also have AAP (1), AIUDF (1), TDP (3), AIMIM (2), AIADMK (1), AJSUP (1), AIUDF (1), CPI(M)(3), JMM (1), RSP(1), and SKM (1) with 100% participation. Amongst major parties the participation of the parliamentarians of Trinmool Congress 8(36.36%), YSRCP 13(59.09%), BSP 4(40%) and BJD 6(50%) were not up to the mark.

Even the ruling party BJP with 147(56.76%) and the Indian National Congress 29(55.77%) are sailing in the same boat when it comes to raise questions on the sanctified platform of the parliament.

The people of Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Pudducherry were deprived of the representation as the parliamentarians from these states did not bother to ask even a single written question and the states of West Bengal 19(47.5%), UP 31(43.06%), Haryana 2(25.87%), Punjab 5(45.45%)and Bihar 15(42.86%) with their respective participation have committed not to improve  in asking written questions.

Every cloud has a silver lining. We also have state on board who never disappoint us. No state has so far succeeded to topple the Maharashtra 42(93%) from the top notch.  


A detailed discussion took place in the Lok Sabha in which 99 parliamentarians took part and the discussion on Demands and Grants under the control of Ministry of Railway in the union budget 2020-21. 

The proceedings of the house started at 11:00 a.m. and it was adjourned at midnight, which means the Lok Sabha experienced 12 hours of continuous work.


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