Road accident is a major concern in India. It is one of the 12 most common causes of deaths in India, the ninth most common cause of premature deaths, and the 10th most common reason for disability, according to the 2017 WHO Global Health Estimates.
Today on 19th March 19, 2020, THE 20TH day of the budget session many crucial issues were raised during the question hour. Addressing to one of the question on road accident and fatalities union cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari updated the lower house that after the enforcement of the new Motor Vehicle Act, 15000 lives has been saved. Only in the states of Kerala (4.9%) and Assam (7.2%) the cases of road accidents have increased. He further mentioned that a vision document is signed in Sweden to reduce such cases by 50%. He informed that a notification is released to form a committee headed by the MP to identify the black spots and the engineering colleges, IITs will be given grants to audit the quality of the roads. Replying to the question on the black spots the minister said that 5000 black spots are identified on the national highways and soon the union government will come up with a scheme worth Rs.14000 Cr to do away.
The major issue of deteriorating ground water level was also raised. Union cabinet minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat addressing to the concern stated that we have started 7 underground water projects in several states under Atal Bhujal Yojana. After a question Selection process is transparent, but in case of malpractice government intervenes
New training centers are to be opened in the hilly areas of Tamilnadu soon
New equipments, incentives and other facilities are also provided to the young sports aspirants.
THE NUMBER GAME
Maharashtra was at the second place for the second consecutive day. This time Rajasthan pushed it back. Out of 21 MPs, 18 asked the written question followed by Maharashtra 38(84.44%). Finally Delhi is on track. For the third consecutive day the performance has been excellent. 83.33% members of the parliament from Delhi participated. Apart from them the southern states continue to register their outstanding participation which included Kerala 16(80%), Tamilnadu 28(72%) and Karnataka 17(68%). Jharkhand with 77% participation rate continue to give a tight fight to its fellow contenders.
The surprising element for today was the performance of the West Bengal 20(50%) Jammu & Kashmir 3(60%) and Haryana 3(43%). Finally they have shown some improvement.
Change is the only constant but we also have some stubborn states who have taken oath not to change. Throughout the second phase of the budget session these states are constantly yielding poor. These states are none other than Uttar Pradesh 27(37.5%), Uttarakhand 1(25%) and Punjab 4(36.36%). These states have inspired the parliamentarians of the Telangana as well. Its performance retarded for the second consecutive day. Only 5 parliamentarians from the state asked written question.
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 AIADMK, AAP, CPI, AD, JMM, JD(S), MNF, NDPP, Samajwadi Party and SAD were today’s non-performers with ZERO.
The Lok Sabha on Thursday took up discussion on a bill that seeks to declare the Institute of Teaching and research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar as an institute of national importance. Ayush Minister Shripad Naik made the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda bill 2024 passage in the house. The bill provides for operating the cluster of Ayurveda institute at Gujarat Ayurveda University Campus Jamnagar- Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shri Gulabkunwerba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya and Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences including pharmacy unit it provide for subsuming the Maharshi Patanjali institute for Yoga and naturopathy education and research into the department of Swashtvritta of the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda. After a full-fledged discussion the bill was passed by the August house.
ZERO HOUR 2.0
The lower on Thursday poised towards another Zero hour. The speaker Om Birla permitted for the same after the August house agreed for the same in unison. The members raised the issue of their respective constituencies. The duration was from 1800hrs to 1930hrs. The matter of the students who are stuck in Philippines was also put across the house.
Later, the house was adjourned till 1100hrs, 20 March.