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New parliament building proposed by LS Speaker

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New Delhi: LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has mooted a proposal for a new parliament building as the 88-year old structure is under “distress”.

The speaker has written to the Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu asking him to consider the proposal. He has also suggested the Parliament complex itself or the area across the Rajpath for the proposed building.

She pointed to the possible increase in the number of parliamentary constituencies after 2026 in congruence with clause (3) Article 81 of the Constitution which requires determination of representation in accordance with the last census (likely in 2021).

In addition, she also indicates the current pressures on the parliament building, observing that the building constructed in 1927 has since only seen increased activity which has brought it under growing “distress”.

“On account of ageing of the Parliament House building and expansion in activities, staff etc, the building has shown signs of distress and overutilization…Under the circumstances, there is an imperative need for the construction of a new state-of-art Parliament building,” she said.

As the current Parliament building has been declared a ‘Heritage Grade-I’ structure there are several limitations to structural repairs, additions or other such alterations, which is also another reason for a new building.

She also said that the parliament building needed modern and technological upgradations. A modern building would be better equipped with the latest gadgets that would assist in increasing the productivity of the members.

“This would also require redesigning and refurbishing of the sitting arrangements in the Lok Sabha Chamber. Whereas there are limitations to this in the present sitting arrangements in the Chamber, a new building will offer better scope for a modern Parliament building equipped with latest technological tools,” Mahajan said.

Earlier, a suggestion for a new parliament building was made at a meeting of the Budget Committee of Parliament. (IANS) (image courtesy:glocdn.investing.com)

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BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi wants to know if Research being done on Goodness of Cow Urine

New Delhi MP Lekhi had a starred question to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the Lok Sabha related to the quality of milk products of Delhi Milk Scheme; however, she went on a different track altogether

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  • BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned in the Lok Sabha a case about an official who got cured of a “serious” illness after consuming cow urine as medicine
  • He also asked if the government was encouraging any research on the medicinal properties that can be derived from cattle
  • Lekhi discussed the goodness of bovine by-products including cow urine and lamented how the “ancient science” had disappeared

New Delhi, August 2, 2017: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned in the Lok Sabha a case about an official who got cured of a “serious” illness after consuming cow urine as medicine, and asked if the government was encouraging any research on the medicinal properties that can be derived from cattle.

New Delhi MP Lekhi had a starred question to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday related to the quality of milk products of Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS). However, she went on a different track altogether, and discussed the goodness of bovine by-products including cow urine and lamented how the “ancient science” had disappeared.

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BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Wikimedia

Lekhi mentioned a case where a person who was a “former ASD” was taken seriously ill, and was cured after he consumed cow urine as medicine.

She said the “ancient science” of the country has disappeared and asked if the government is planning to commission research on the medicinal science related to cattle.

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Minister Radha Mohan Singh in reply said under the “Rashtriya gomang Utpadak Mission”, a centre was being established in Karnal, Haryana.

Lekhi then said that the humus content in soil is coming down due to which it converts into dust which is a threat to health. The MP said cow dung can be used as fertiliser and also suggested using cow waste for methane production.

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She also asked if the government has any plans of using cow dung for increasing humus content of soil.

Singh said the government is concerned about the environment, but added that the main question was focused on quality of milk products of DMS.

This prompted Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to say on a lighter note that it was the minister’s skill that he could answer unrelated questions.

Mahajan however added that MPs are not reading the question.

“I am sad that MPs are not reading the questions, even those who ask the question do not read it,” she said. (IANS)

 

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India committed to sustainable development says Sumitra Mahajan

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Dhaka: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan assured that India is committed to promote sustainable development. However, She urged the developed countries to do their bit if the world has to be pushed towards more supportable production and consumption patterns.

“While India is determined about its commitment to promoting sustainable development for its people and do its fair share for global sustainability, it is equally important to ensure sustained and greater international flow of financial and latest technological resources to the developing countries,” Mahajan said at the South Asian Speakers’ Summit here.

The developed countries should take the lead in rapidly moving towards sustainable consumption and production patterns, she said.

Mahajan said schemes like Make in India, Skill India and Digital India would give the country a leg-up in achieving the sustainable development goals.

“India has always believed that there cannot be any sustainable development without nurturing the nature. The issues of food security, health, quality education, gender equality, etc., have always remained high on the developmental agenda of India,” she said.

The international community should redouble its commitment to ending poverty and hunger and to set the world on a path of sustainable and inclusive development the larger goal of which were intertwined with the issues of regional connectivity and cooperation, she said.

“South Asia has not only a shared history but also a shared cultural legacy. As such, South Asia’s geographical and economic complementarities can be used to improve the lives of peoples in the entire region,” she said.(IANS)

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Speaker asks for decent behavior from all MPs during winter session

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New Delhi: Ahead of the winter session of parliament, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan wrote a letter to all MPs, urging them to “behave decently”.

In every aspect of life, we expect decent and sober behavior from each other…,

In the letter, the speaker requested for all MPs support in maintaining a decent atmosphere in Lok Sabha.

As the speaker, can I expect from all of you that this highest symbol of democracy – Lok Sabha – which is also the temple of democracy, all of us will behave according to the accepted decency, so that the prestige and uprightness of parliament remains intact,

The letter was written in Hindi.

“Can I expect cooperation from you in this endeavor?” she asked.

This year, the winter session of parliament is going to begin from November 26.

(Inputs from IANS)