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Pass condolence resolution for farmers who died during agitation: Congress writes to Om Birla

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday wrote to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to pass a condolence resolution for farmers who died during the agitation against the three farm laws.
“First of all, I would like to wish you on behalf of my party and myself for the smooth conduct of the coming winter session of the Parliament. On the eve of the coming Parliament Session, I would sincerely request you that as a mark of respect towards our ‘Annadata’, the House may unanimously pass a condolence resolution for the farmers who lost their lives during the farmer agitation,” wrote the Congress MP. Chowdhury further said that the passing of the resolution in the House will convey our gratitude for the sacrifice that our farmer brethren have given to the Nation.
The winter session of the Parliament will commence on November 29 and will continue till December 23.
Meanwhile, the farmers protesting against farm laws have postponed the tractor rally scheduled on November 29, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) said on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference here, Farmer leader Darshan Pal Singh said, “After a meeting, Samyukt Kisan Morcha has decided to postpone the proposed tractor rally to Parliament on November 29.”
A tractor rally was scheduled on November 29 for the Parliament to press for a statutory guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for crops among other things. Farmers have been protesting against the farm laws on various borders of Delhi since November 26, 2020.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre will bring necessary bills in the Winter Session of Parliament beginning later this month to repeal the farm laws. The Prime Minister also said that the government will constitute a committee to work on a new framework for Minimum Support Price (MSP).
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 has been listed for introduction and passage. It is among 26 new bills on the agenda of the government. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 seeks to repeal the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

If India progresses, the world succeeds, says Om Birla at G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit

Rome [Italy] : Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Friday underlined India’s centrality to global affairs and said if “India progresses, the world succeeds”.
Addressing the delegates during the second working session of the G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit (P20) in Rome, the minister said India’s development policy gives equal importance to economy and ecology and noted that sustainable development is the foundation of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. He said that narratives of energy security, climate protection and development can go hand in hand.
The theme of the session was ‘Rebooting Economic Growth in terms of Social and Environmental Sustainability’.
The Speaker said India is working with a wider global vision to build a world order based on energy justice, climate justice and economic justice.
India’s objective is to act as a bridge between the global south and the global north to develop an integrated global action policy that would be the foundation of the world’s future, he said.
Noting that climate change is adversely affecting the entire world, he said that the world community needs to take concrete collective action on global warming expeditiously.
The Speaker said that the Indian Parliament has held extensive discussions on this critical issue and following those deliberations and the country has passed many legislations related to the protection and conservation of the environment.
He mentioned that India has achieved the target of reducing the emission intensity of GDP by 24 per cent as compared to 2005 levels well before time. Further, the country is on track to reduce this intensity by 35 per cent much before the stipulated time i.e. 2030.
The Lok Sabha Speaker said India has an unequivocal commitment to ensuring climate justice and also has a multifaceted role in helping the world in dealing with climate change. On environmental issues, India is partnering with the global north on the one hand, and on the other, it is acting as an ‘advocate’ of the global south, he said.
Observing that there is a robust mechanism for constructive discussion and dialogue between India’s Parliament and government, Birla referred to the legislations providing social security, income security, job security and health security which have benefited the deprived and weaker sections of the society.
“The narratives of energy security, climate protection and development can go hand in hand as India’s development policy is based on giving equal importance to both economy and ecology,” he said.
Referring to India’s achievements in environmental protection, Birla observed that India is reducing CO2 emissions, CFC and HFC emissions in line with its international obligations through schemes like Ujjawala Scheme and Smart City Mission.
Birla said India is working proactively in the field of climate change.
He illustrated India’s leading role in the International Solar Alliance of 98 countries and the CDRI (Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure) of 25 countries.
He also informed that the use of solar panels for meeting the country’s energy needs has increased in recent years, which proves that economic growth can go hand in hand with environmental sustainability.
On the sidelines of the Summit, Lok Sabha Speaker met Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, President, Italian Senate; Puan Maharani, Speaker, House of Representative of the Republic of Indonesia and Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula, Speaker, National Assembly of South Africa and discussed several issues of bilateral interests including energy, education, culture, skill development, infrastructure, food processing and parliamentary cooperation.

Om Birla congratulates Puan Maharani on being elected as Indonesia’s first female House speaker

Rome [Italy], October 8: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday met Indonesian Speaker of the House of Representatives, Puan Maharani and congratulated her for being elected the first woman Speaker of the House.
“Delighted to meet HE Puan Maharani, Speaker-House of Representatives, Indonesia. Congratulated her for being elected as the first woman Speaker of the House. Had fruitful discussion on issues of mutual interest in areas of Blue Economy, climate change and Covid control,” tweeted Birla. The Lok Sabha speaker further said that India and Indonesia share a long and traditional partnership and emphasised on regular interaction among parliamentarians of both countries.
“Agreed to take our long and traditional partnership to a new level through parliamentary diplomacy. Emphasized on regular interaction among parliamentarians of both countries. The India-Indonesia Friendship Group is going to be a reality, very soon,” he tweeted.
Birla is currently leading an Indian Parliamentary Delegation to G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit (P20) being organized in Rome from October 7 to 8.

Om Birla arrives at Italy senate for G-20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit

Rome [Italy]: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla arrived at the Palazzo Madama, the senate of Italy on Thursday, for the inaugural session of the seventh G-20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit.
Birla said he hopes to have fruitful and constructive discussions on issues of global importance during the summit. “Arrived at the Palazzo Madama, Senate of the Republic of Italy for the Inaugural Session of the 7th G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit #P20. Hope to have fruitful and constructive discussions on issues of global importance,” tweeted Birla.
An eight-member parliamentary delegation from India including Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh and Secretary Generals of both Houses of Parliament are set to participate in the summit.
Earlier sources from Parliament told ANI that the Summit is expected to discuss a variety of issues including response to the social and employment crisis caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.
Duarte Pacheco President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will address the Summit in the opening session and Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi will be the keynote speaker.
“The seventh G-20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit will also discuss, rebooting economic growth in terms of social and economic environmental sustainability and ‘Sustainability and food Security after the COVID-19 pandemic’,” sources further said.

Om Birla, Harivansh to participate in G-20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit in Rome

New Delhi [India], October 3 : The seventh G-20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit is scheduled to be held on October 7-8 in Rome, the capital of Italy.
An eight-member parliamentary delegation from India including Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh and Secretary Generals of both Houses of Parliament are set to participate in the summit. Sources from Parliament told ANI that the Summit is expected to discuss a variety of issues including response to the social and employment crisis caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.
Duarte Pacheco President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will address the Summit in the opening session and Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi will be the keynote speaker.
“The seventh G-20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit will also discuss, rebooting economic growth in terms of social and economic environmental sustainability and ‘Sustainability and food Security after the COVID-19 pandemic’,” sources further said.

Assembly Speaker calls on Om Birla

New Delhi [India], September 17 : Kerala Assembly Speaker MB Rajesh called on Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla at his residence in New Delhi on Friday.
In a tweet by the office of the Lok Sabha speaker, it read, “Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly Shri M B Rajesh called on @loksabhaspeaker Shri @ombirlakota at his residence in New Delhi.” On May 25, Rajesh was declared elected as Speaker of the 15th Kerala Legislative Assembly.
The Communist Party of India (M)-led LDF retained power in Kerala by winning 99 seats against 41 seats of Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in the Assembly polls held earlier this year. BJP drew a blank.

PM Modi, Venkaiah Naidu, Om Birla launch Sansad TV

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, on Wednesday launched the Sansad TV.
The launch date coincides with the International Day of Democracy, informed the official communique by the Prime Minister’s Office. Sansad TV has been launched after merging the Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV channels.
The 24-hour channel, through its content, will showcase the democratic ethos and the functioning of democratic institutions of the country with an aim to target national and international audiences.
In February 2021, the decision to merge Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV was taken and Ravi Capoor- a retired IAS officer, was appointed as its CEO in March.
Sansad TV programming will primarily be in four categories – functioning of Parliament and democratic institutions, governance and implementation of schemes/policies, history and culture of India and issues/interests/concerns of contemporary nature.

Hope to have constructive, fruitful discussions on global importance issues: Om Birla at World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

Vienna [Austrian]: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla arrived at the inaugural session of the Fifth World Conference of the Speakers of Parliaments (5WCSP) in Vienna, organised by the Austrian Parliament, Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations.
“Arrived at the Inaugural Session of the Fifth World Conference of the Speakers of Parliaments in Vienna. Hope to have constructive and fruitful discussions on various issues of global importance,” Birla tweeted on Tuesday. An Indian Parliamentary delegation led by Birla is set to attend the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament on September 7-8 and the first global parliamentary summit on countering terrorism on September 9 in Vienna.
The Indian delegation was received by India’s Ambassador to Austria Jaideep Mazumder.
“The World Conference of Speakers of Parliament is held regularly every five years with the goal to reinforce the parliamentary dimension of global governance. Sri @JaideepMazumder, Ambassador of India to Austria, Montenegro & Holy See, welcomed the Indian delegation at the airport,” according to a tweet by Indian Embassy in Austria.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla was accompanied by Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha Harivansh and other senior officers.

Om Birla to lead Delegation

New Delhi [India]: An Indian Parliamentary delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will attend the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (5WCSP) on September 7-8 and the first global Parliamentary summit on countering terrorism on September 9 in Vienna.
The Lok Sabha secretariat in a press release on Saturday said that the delegation comprises Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh and Lok Sabha Secretary-General Utpal Kumar Singh. The conference is being organized jointly by the inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva and the Parliament of Austria with the support of the United Nations, the statement added.
Lok Sabha Secretariat’s Joint Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar is Secretary to the delegation.
It will be the first physically attended global parliamentary event post the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lok Sabha Speaker Birla will participate in the Interactive General Debate of 5WCSP during the discussions following motions.
He will participate in the Panel Discussion on the theme “Parliaments and Global governance: The unfinished agenda”. Harivansh will also participate in this Panel.
A high-level declaration on the overall theme of the 5WCSP “parliamentary leadership for more effective multilateralism that delivers peace and sustainable development for the people and planet”, highlighting the solidarity of all Parliaments of the world amidst the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic will be adopted at the end of the conference.
The Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (5WCSP) is being held in the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its catastrophic impact on the people and economy of the world. The conference is envisaged to strengthen multilateralism and international cooperation to rebuild a better world ahead.
On the sidelines of the events, Lok Sabha Speaker Birla will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts of Member Parliaments of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

“Disagreements part of democracy”

Gulmarg (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Expressing his anguish over the uproar in the Parliament during the recently concluded Monsoon session, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday said that the members of the Houses must maintain the dignity while sharing their views.
Birla, who was on the visit to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, said that agreements and disagreements are a part of the democracy but the members should maintain certain decency while debating over an issue. “The members of Parliament have the privilege to express their views. I always try that they get extra time in the Parliament to share their opinions,” he said.
“India’s democracy is a democracy of free expressions, a democracy of elected institutions of the people. Agreements and disagreements are part of the democracy but I expect the members to maintain certain decency in the Parliament.”
“Parliament should work ethically, our conduct should be such that we can play the guiding role for other democratic institutions,” the Lok Sabha Speaker said.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on August 11 bringing an end to a month-long Monsoon Session. The session began on July 19 and was slated to go on till August 13. The lower house was adjourned for an indefinite period by Om Birla, who was in the chair.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, earlier today, met with the representatives of District Development Councils (DDCs), Block Development Councils (BDCs) and Panchayats at Gulmarg.
“Representatives of Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) are working towards the development of the union territory. Jammu and Kashmir has now moved towards peace and prosperity,” Birla said after the meeting.
Birla assured public representatives not to be worried about their safety as the Central government and security agencies are committed to provide complete security to every public representative and the common citizens.
Referring to the changes seen in the Valley after the scrapping of Article 370, he said: “The way people took an active part in the elections, voted in large numbers shows that they want development.”
Birla arrived in the valley to inaugurate and participate in the Parliamentary Outreach Programme for the empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the Union Territory. He arrived in Srinagar on August 29.

LS Speaker Om Birla meets J-K LG Manoj Sinha

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], August 29: Speaker of Lok Sabha Om Birla met Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor (LG), Manoj Sinha, at Raj Bhawan on Sunday.
“Today met Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha Shri Om Birla Ji at Raj Bhavan. I, on behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, welcome Hon’ble Speaker, who is on his visit to the UT as part of the Parliamentary Outreach Programme to Strengthen Panchayati Raj Institutions,” tweeted by the Office of LG Jammu and Kashmir. “I am happy to come to Kashmir, the heaven on earth. Honorable Lieutenant Governor Shri @manojsinha_ Thank you for the warm hospitality. Hope this yatra will prove effective in strengthening the democratic values and empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions,” Birla further tweeted.

Earlier on Saturday, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, who came to participate in the Parliamentary Outreach Program for Empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions, met all the representatives of the Ladakh region and expressed confidence that the region would become an example in the country in terms of the strength of democracy.

Om Birla, Harivansh to attend World Conference of Speakers

New Delhi [India], August 27 : Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will represent India at the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of the Parliament (5WCSP) scheduled to be held from September 7 to September 8 in Vienna, Austria, said sources on Friday.
“The Fifth World Conference of Speakers of the Parliament will be held from 7-8 September in Vienna, Austria. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh to represent India,” said a source. “The Indian delegation will also include Utpal Kumar Singh, Secretary-General, Lok Sabha; Dr Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Lok Sabha Secretariate; and Rajeev Dutta, OSD to Speaker of Lok Sabha,” added the source.
The conference will be followed by the first Global Parliamentary Summit on Counter-Terrorism to be held on September 9.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament is taking place in two parts. The first was held virtually in August 2020 and the second in-person part is now planned to take place in Vienna.
Last year in August, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla attended the inaugural ceremony of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament.
The conference is being organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva, and the Parliament of Austria with the support of the United Nations.

Empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions

Leh (Ladakh) [India]: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will inaugurate the Parliamentary Outreach Programme for the Empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions of the Union Territory of Ladakh on August 27, read a press release from the office of the speaker Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
According to the press statement, Besides Birla, Union Minister of Heavy Industries, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey; Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya; Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Ladakh, Shri Radha Krishna Mathur; MoS Ministry of Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai and MoS Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai; Chairperson of Parliamentary Committees, Members of Parliament, Chairmen of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh and Kargil and other eminent dignitaries will grace the occasion. “The parliamentary outreach Programme for the Empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions is a unique initiative of the Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla. A first of its kind program, it is intended to strengthen the institutions of governance and planning at the grass-root level”, said in a statement.
The statement further added, that “The first such Outreach Programme was organized at Dehradun, in the State of Uttarakhand, on 8 January 2021. The Programme was physically attended by 445 Panchayat representatives, and in addition, approximately 40,000 Panchayat representatives and officials were connected to the programme online via weblink”,
The second Outreach Programme was organized at Shillong on 26 February 2021 for the State of Meghalaya and the other North Eastern States; around 115 members of the local bodies of North Eastern States physically attended the programmes.
The third such programme is scheduled to be organized for the grass-root level institutions of the Union Territory of Ladakh on 27 August 2021. The theme of the programme is “Parliamentary Outreach Programme for the Empowerment of the Panchayati Raj Institutions”.
Around 195 representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions are likely to physically attend the programme, it informed.
Birla listed out the broad objectives of the Programme
Create mass awareness/mass participation
Create self-confidence/self-respect for the ground level leaders
Creation of a sense of ownership of the assets that have been created
Fuelling the ambitions for grass root political leaders for democratic values
Creating awareness about the various schemes and the doorstep delivery – opportunities for development work
Opportunity to develop a network and push the aspirational level of the ground-level leadership.
The official statement said Birla will also visit Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley to meet the Panchayat representatives.
Delegates have already started arriving in Ladakh for the programme.

Lok Sabha functioned for 21 hrs

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday clarified that the Lower House functioned only for 21 hours and 14 minutes during the Monsoon Session which ended today.

New Delhi [India], August 11 : The LS Speaker also mentioned that out of the 96 hours fixed for the sitting of the Lower House, it was not able to function for 74 hours and 46 minutes. Speaking at a press conference after the Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die earlier in the day, the Lok Sabha Speaker said, “The sixth session of the 17th Lok Sabha concluded today. It is sad that the session was not as per expectations. I urged all the MPs, that the House be run in accordance with Parliamentary traditions and its dignity maintained. Sloganeering and raising of banners are not a part of our Parliamentary traditions. They (MPs) should have expressed themselves from their seats.”
“The House was not able to function for 74 hours and 46 minutes. The total productivity was 22 per cent. A total of 20 Bills were passed, including the OBC Bill which was passed with the unanimous consent of all parties,” he said.
“I am hurt by the fact that the proceedings of the House did not take place as per expectations in this Session. I always make an effort to see that maximum Business takes place in the House and discussions are held over issues related to the public,” the Speaker said.
“But there was continuous obstruction this time. This could not be resolved. The last two years were more productive, as far as Busines in the House is concerned. The proceedings had continued till late in the night and MPs had made active contribution even during COVID,” the LS Speaker said.
“I always expect the MPs to maintain the dignity of the House. There have been debates, agreements, and disagreements in the House but its dignity was never lowered,” Birla added.
Soon after Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die, Congress MP Manickam Tagore hit out at Centre and said that Parliament is for Opposition’s voice while questioning the Speaker for not hearing the voices of the Opposition.
He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leaders of all the parties for their contribution to the House.
The Lok Sabha has been adjourned sine die today bringing an end to a month-long Monsoon Session.
The session began on July 19 and was slated to go on till August 13. The Lower House was adjourned for an indefinite period by Om Birla, who was in the chair.

LS Speaker cautions Opposition

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla cautioned Opposition leaders about their unruly behaviour as they are placing placards in front of his chair and also try to block the vision of those MPs participating in the debate in the House including that of the speaker.

New Delhi [India], August 4: To get their protest noticed and broadcast on the Lok Sabha channel for people to see, many Opposition members have been using placards to block the sight of the MP, including ministers, with their placards demanding snooping investigation and farmers protest written on it. However, on Wednesday, Speaker Lok Sabha Om Birla cautioned the protesting Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs from placing placards in front of his chair when the camera moved towards him. The house was adjourned for fifteen minutes.
Post adjournment, Rajendra Aggarwal chaired the sitting of the house.
Meanwhile, Biju Janta Dal (BJD) MP Anubhav Mohanty, when got up to raise his issue in the House, many tried to block his screen time with placards as well.
Rajendra Aggarwal warned the Opposition MPs of serious action if attempts are made to block the screen presence of members participating in the functioning of the House.
“Don’t do anything that chair may need to act on. These placards are coming in front of the chair. Get back. This isn’t right. You are crossing the limit. Go back to your seats,” said Aggarwal before adjourning the House again.
The Opposition parties have been collectively making an attempt to get the camera’s capture during their protest as they shout slogans and wave placards in the well of the House.
“What do we do? As we protest against issues like Pegasus and farmers protest, we need people to know we are raising voices and government is muzzling us and that is why if we are not shown on camera, we try to get our share of the live frame,” said one of the Opposition members who regularly wave placards on faces of members who speak.
“They are exposing themselves and we let them do this for some time. However, it is getting worse day by day and parliamentary traditions do not allow this. We will see what needs to be done,” added a senior BJP leader.

LS Proceedings digitisation

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday said that preparations are underway to bring proceedings of Parliament and all state assemblies on a single digital platform and a live telecast of the proceedings of the Houses can be seen on Mobile App.

Briefing media ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, he said that proceedings and material of various state legislatures in the country would also be linked to this digital platform later on.

Replying to a question, Mr Birla said that an e-Vidhan committee under the chairmanship of Speaker of Assam Assembly Hitesh Goswami was asked to submit a report in this regard at the Presiding Officers’ conference held in Dehradun. Mr Goswami has submitted his report that would be taken up for consideration and approval during the next meeting after August 15.

Meanwhile, an action plan has been prepared to implement this proposal after approval by the Presiding Officers conference.

He also informed that the proceedings of the 11th to 17th Lok Sabha have now been added on this digital platform whereas the proceedings and documents right from the year 1854 to 10th Lok Sabha will be added soon. This will include material like questions and answers, reports and later on, there is also a plan to add the old proceedings of state assemblies too.

“This platform will be useful for MPs, concerned officials and the media where the contents of proceedings can be found by name and date too”, Mr Birla said.

He also said that MPs were being encouraged to file e-notices and questions and in the last session around 92 per cent of members gave e-notices and questions online. This time it is expected to be 100 per cent, he added.

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