Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 23
Eight days ahead of the scheduled end of the monsoon session, Parliament was adjourned sine die today amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19 among MPs.
In a first, the two Houses met at different times in a day to ensure social distancing norms against the backdrop of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the 10-day session was productive and 25 Bills were passed and six introduced.
Opposition members boycotted the proceedings after eight members were suspended following a ruckus in the House on Sunday during the passage of farm Bills.
The Rajya Sabha today approved three labour reform Bills aimed at relaxing norms for winding up of companies and allowing firing of staff without government permission in firms with up to 300 workers.
The Bills were passed unanimously with voice vote amid boycott by Opposition parties, including the Congress and Left, in protest against the suspension of eight members of the House.
The Bills pertain to the three labour codes on industrial relations, social security and occupational safety.
Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said: “The purpose of labour reforms is to provide a transparent system to suit the changed business environment.” He told the House that 16 states had already increased the threshold for closure and layoffs in firms with up to 300 workers without government permission.
Don’t sign farm bills, Oppn urges President
New Delhi: A broader Opposition at a meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday urged him to return the allegedly unconstitutional farm Bills. It requested him to reserve his assent on the legislations till the time these were reconsidered and taken up again through due process.