A session of the Indian Parliament is that period in which both the houses, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha meet almost every day. They do so uninterruptedly to manage the business. This time there was the cancellation of the winter session, the shortest of all sessions of parliament.
It usually occurs from mid-November to mid-December, at the end of every year. 2020 is soon going to be over and we are having two major recent parliamentary session updates.
New parliament building to be ready by 2022
As decided in Oct. 2020, the construction of the new parliament building under the Central Vista redevelopment project has been started this December. The construction will be going to complete in two years by Oct. 2022 when the country will be celebrating 75th Independence Day. It will be closer to the existing building. On 10th December, PM Modi laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament building. He described the event as a “milestone in India’s democratic history”.
Necessary measures are implemented in order to ensure the smooth conduction of parliamentary sessions. It is done so to avoid any interruption during the next two years in the existing building. Govt. took sufficient actions to control noise and air pollution during construction.
About the new building
The new building will have separate offices for all MPs with a seating capacity of 900 to 1,200 MPs. There will be the latest digital equipment as a step towards creating ”paperless offices”. It will also have a grand Constitution Hall to show India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for MPs, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas, and a big parking space. The Lok Sabha chamber will have a seating capacity for 888 members, while Rajya Sabha will have 384 seats. This is for the future increase in the number of members of both houses.
Om Birla, the Lok Sabha speaker said,
There should be no compromise in ensuring quality control and timely completion of the construction.
Tata Projects Limited is going to construct a new parliament building. It is going to be completed at a cost of ₹ 861.90 crores.
Parliament Session Cancelled to Avoid Debate on Farm Laws
Shiv Sena MP, Sanjay Raut claimed that the cancelation of the winter sessions of the Parliament was to avoid debate on the ongoing farmers’ protest against the new farm laws. He also questioned the need for spending crores of Rupees on the Central Vista project when the government is not at all interested in holding debates and Parliament sessions.
Raut criticized the Central Government. He said that the existing Parliament building was quite fine and could have functioned well for the next 50 to 75 years too. In sarcasm, he said,
Nobody thinks that destroying the legacy and memories of earlier leaders and building new structures to build your own image was too much democracy.Mr. Sanjay Raut
However, Supreme court allowed the centre to go ahead with their project.
AUTHOR: Aashi Bansal
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