Parliament witnessed its Monsoon Session Today

The much-awaited monsoon session of the Parliament started today amidst the COVID-19 unprecedented safety measures. Hon’ble Rajya Sabha Chairman. Shri M Venkaiah Naidu urged the members to properly utilise the time through meaningful discussion and legislation through consensus as the session is scheduled for 18 sittings and is a very brief one. To properly adhere to the social distancing norms, for the first time in the history of Indian Parliament, both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha halls are being used for the sitting of one house.  The Rajya Sabha began its day one at 3.00 p.m. with 15 newly/re-elected Members taking oath/affirmation. A few Members sought leave of absence for the entire Monsoon Session citing MHA’s guidelines of 29th August, 2020 for Phased Re-Opening (Unlock 4).  All those Members were granted leave of absence with the approval of the House.


Inclusion of AYUSH protocol for COVID-19 recovered patients

On 13th September, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a protocol on Post COVID management. The highlight of the protocol is because of the induction of AYUSH practice of healthcare to speed up the recuperation of the COVID-19 recovered patients. The protocol also aims to give an integrated holistic approach for the recovered patients from COVID, while taking care at home. At the individual level, immunity promoting AYUSH medicine as per the advisories already released by the AYUSH Ministry is recommended, subject like the Ayush Kwath, the Samshamanivati, Giloy powder with lukewarm water, Ashwagandha and Chyawanprash. Other recommendations include Amla fruit, Mulethi powder and Haldi milk.


Three Bills for Agriculture Sector Introduced Today

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar introduced three bills in the Lok Sabha today with the vision of transforming agriculture in the country and raising farmer’s income. The bills are: The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.


Index Numbers of Wholesale Price in India released

Provisional figures of Wholesale Price Index (WPI) are released on 14th of every month (or next working day) with a time lag of two weeks of the reference month. After 10 weeks, the index is finalized and final figures are released and then frozen thereafter. For the month of August 2020, index numbers of wholesale prices have been released by the Office of the Economic Adviser, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.

The annual rate of inflation has been standing at 0.16% (Provisional) for the month of August, 2020 (as per monthly WPI). The movement of the index for different commodities like: primary articles- weighed 22.62%, fuel and power- weighed 13.15%, manufactured products- weighed 64.23%, WPI food index- weighed 24.38%.



Origin and Evolution of Indian culture

The Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the LokSabha today informed that, an expert committee has indeed been formed to carry out a systematic analysis of the origin and evolution of the much celebrated, Indian culture over the last 12,000 years as well as its relation with other cultures around the world. The members of the committee include: members from the Archaeological Survey of India; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; ShriLalBahadurShastriRashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi; Geographical Survey of India; Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi; Supreme Court of India; Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi; University of Delhi; Anthropological Survey of India; “Sangmarg” World Brahmin Federation, India, New Delhi; Representative from Ministry of Culture; and Representative from Archaeological Survey of India.


Reformatory measures for Direct Tax Regime

Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs in response to a written question in the Lok Sabha today informed that, over the last few years, in order to provide a non-intrusive and non-adversarial tax ecosystem, the Government has taken various measures to reform the Direct Tax regime. The measures include rationalisation of tax rates, simplification of income tax return forms, faster processing of refunds, speedy resolution of grievances and introduction of faceless processes to ease the compliance burden on taxpayers and minimise the physical interface between the taxpayer and the income tax authorities. In August 2020, the Government has launched ‘Transparent Taxation–Honouring the Honest, which is a platform to meet the requirements of the 21st century taxation system. The platform has major reforms like Faceless Assessment, Faceless Appeal and Taxpayers Charter.


Improvisation of education in Rural areas

With an effect from 2018-19, the Government of India has launched SamagraShiksha – an Integrated Scheme for school education. This scheme has been introduced from preschool to class 12 with an aim to make sure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels of school education is provided.

The revival of MSME sector

Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today informed that, The Ministry of MSME implements various schemes and programmes for growth and development of MSME Sector in the country. These schemes and programmes include PMEGP, SFURTI, ASPIRE, Interest Subvention Scheme for Incremental Credit to MSMEs, Credit Guarantee Scheme for Micro and Small Enterprises, MSE-CDP, CLCS-TUS.



Himalaya Diwas celebrated

An online celebration of ‘Himalaya Diwas’ by Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, last week was celebrated. The discussion was pertaining to a wide number of areas like landslide disaster risk reduction, Himalayan seismicity, risk awareness, and mitigation, and journey of black carbon towards Himalayan cryosphere.


Mission ‘Skill India’

Shri R.K. Singh, the Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship discussed widely about the details of the works done so far in the districts of Maharashtra under “Skill India” scheme during the last three years. The ministry is implementing Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) to impart Short Term Training (STT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on pan-India basis including all districts of Maharashtra under Skill India Mission.


Dekho Apna Desh Initiative by Ministry of Tourism

The Dekho Apna Desh Initiative was launched in January 2020 by the Ministry of Tourism, in line with the 15th August, 2019 address of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. The Hon’ble PM urged every citizen to visit at least 15 destinations by the year 2022, to promote domestic tourism. The aim behind this initiative was to create awareness among the citizens about the rich heritage and culture of the country, encouraging citizens to travel widely within the country and enhancing tourist footfalls leading to development of the local economy and creation of jobs at the local level.


Yoshihide Suga elected as the successor to outgoing leader

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is set to become the country’s next Prime Minister after the ruling party on Monday elected him successor to outgoing leader Shinzo Abe.


Mr. Suga easily won 377 of the 534 valid votes cast by Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers and regional representatives, significantly ahead of his two rivals. Looking at the legislative majority of his party, it is believed that he will become Prime Minister soon.