Parliament Highlights: Road accidents down by 10% after increase in fines, Gadkari tells LS

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. (Express photo)

Parliament Today Highlights: Claiming that the number of road accidents has gone down by average 10 per cent, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told the Lok Sabha that it is due to the amended Motor Vehicles Act which called for a steep increase in fines. He was responding to supplementary queries during Question Hour, and added that after the amended law came into force, most states have seen a decline in road accidents. He said Kerala and Assam, on the contrary, have seen an increase in accidents.

Former chief justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday took oath as member of the Rajya Sabha. As Gogoi reached the designated spot to take the oath, opposition members raised slogans prompting Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to say that it was unbecoming of members. Gogoi, who headed benches that heard important and sensitive cases such as the Ayodhya land title dispute, the Rafale case, the Assam NRC issue and the Sabarimala matter, was nominated to the Upper House by the government Monday. “I have accepted the offer of the nomination to the Rajya Sabha because of strong conviction that the legislature and judiciary must, at some point of time, work together for nation-building,” he had earlier told an Assamese news channel.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will move The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in Lok Sabha today for consideration and passing. Congress MP Ramya Haridas has given an Adjournment Motion Notice in the Lower House over the ‘government’s decision seeking call data records of all mobile subscribers’.

Parliament Highlights: Road accidents down by 10% after increase in fines, Gadkari tells LS Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. (PTI) On Wednesday, Opposition members across party lines attacked the government over curtailment of democratic rights of people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman countered the offensive with her ministerial colleagues Jitendra Singh and G Kishen Reddy chipping in. “The cash supplementary side of the grants includes additional expenditure on account of enhancement in dearness allowances, increase in number of pensions, etc. These are things for which we seek the permission of the House for clearing the grants,” Sitharaman said. “Corruption,” she claimed, “has ended. Things have become more transparent in Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370.”

The issue of precautions against coronavirus loomed large over Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. As the House gathered, three members of the TMC — Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray and Nadimul Haque — walked in wearing masks. As soon as the session began, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu warned the members that “no masks are allowed inside the House”. Asking the three to remove the masks, Naidu said they were senior members and aware of the rules.

Finding an opportunity, Congress member M V Rajeev Gowda said, “It is a matter of concern that when we are advising everyone to practice social distancing, Parliament is continuing to function. “We should be setting an example and preventing it. We meet people from everywhere across the country and we are probably most at risk within Parliament, and the House of Elders with extremely senior people are also at risk.

So, I would urge the government to set aside other issues and focus on whether the Parliament sittings can be postponed or the Session can be adjourned and postponed.

The virus does not know that we are MPs.

The virus does not care about MPs,” Gowda said.

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