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

During the Question Hour on the 19th day of the second phase of the budget session in the Lok Sabha, there was a heated debate between the Central Government and Trinamool Congress MPs from West Bengal. The Central Government had alleged that the West Bengal Government did not send the data of the farmers for the Kisan Samman Nidhi. Whereas the Trinamool Congress MPs said that the state government has made better schemes for the farmers than the central government.

Today the productivity climbed to 144%.
Central Government had alleged that the West Bengal Government did not send the data of the farmers

During the Question Hour, the Central Government told the House that under the Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme, about 6000 rupees have to be given in the accounts of about 12.5 million farmers. The data of 9 crore farmers have come to the Central Government. There is a delay in getting statistics from the states.

Apart from this, there was uproar in the House on the question raised to give Hindi language a national language status. BJP MP Arvind Sharma said that, great personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave, Dr. Rajendra Prasad had also advocated making Hindi language a national language on which the government should decide.

Meanwhile, many MPs raised questions in the Lok Sabha about the loss of farmers' crops due to hailstorm in various states of the country. Kailash Chaudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, told the house that more responsibility of insurance companies has been fixed under the farmers' crop insurance scheme.

Today the productivity climbed to 144%.


Today total 356 written questions were selected for the Lok Sabha in which 11 members asked the questions about Implementation of NSAP.

In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility and consistent  average participation of the 498 eligible members, in which total 293 members participated in asking written questions in 249 were male and 44 were female parliamentarians compels to think whether responsibilities are discharged because for healthy democracy it requires change of heart.

Maharashtra with 38(84.44%) continues to dominate the table. The southern states of the country are holding the dignity of asking questions. Amongst them we have Karnataka 18(72%), Kerala 14(70%), Tamilnadu 28(72%) and Andhra Pradesh 17(68%) with their respective participation. In this list we also have 

Theodore Roosevelt once said - “A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy.” - The performance of the states of West Bengal 21(52%), Bihar 20(57%) Madhya Pradesh 10(38.46%), Uttar Pradesh 31(43%), Haryana 4(57%), Punjab 3(27.27%) and Uttarakhand 1(25%) projects that there is a need of serious introspection as the parliamentarians of these states due to their consistent dire performance as they represent a huge population of the country. Giving a surprise today Telangana also joined this list. Only 7 MPs out of 16 from the state participated.

The performance of the parliamentarians of the union territories and the states of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Goa, Daman and Diu, Arunanchal Pradesh, Himanchal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Pudducherry and of the political parties that includes AAP, CPI, AD, JMM, JD(S), MNF, NDPP, Samajwadi Party and SAD which stand at ZERO in asking written questions reminds of a quote, “Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continuance? “

But we also have the parliamentarians of AIUDF(1), KCM(1), TDP(3), IUML(3), AIADMK(1), AIMIM (2), AJSUP (1), NCP(5), RLP(1), RSP(1) who fully discharged their duties in asking written questions .

On the other hand, amongst major players finally DMK 19(79.17%) toppled Shiv Sena to second place. Only13 out of 18 (72.22%) MPs of Shiv Sena asked written questions followed by YSRCP 14(63.64%), BSP 6(60%), JD (U) 9(56.25) and BJD 6(50%).

The two compatriots i.e. for BJP it was 145(56%) and for INC 32(61.54%) of their eligible parliamentarians.

Despite their higher representation the Trinmool Congress 10(45.45%), LJSP 2(33.33%), J&KNC 1(33.33%), TRS 4(44.44%) were the low yielders.


Further minister of state Anurag Thakur in place of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to further amend the Companies Act, 2013. Bhartruhari Mahtab opposed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020.   said- “This government is decriminalizing some offences in the Companies Act bill, through this amendment.” 

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri moved The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill 2020 for consideration and passing. The Bill seeks amendment to the Aircraft Act, 1934 which was passed after a full-fledged discussion. Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Hardeep Singh Puri thanked to all the members who've spoken in regards to this bill.

At last The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Amendment) Bill, 2020 was moved by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for consideration and passing. The Bill amends the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. The minister further briefed the house about the benefits of the amendments. After a detailed discussion it was passed by the lower house.

After this the house was adjourned till 11:00 a.m. 18 March.


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