Nation to mint INR 75 coins for the inauguration of the new Parliament:

The Hindustan Times reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would officially open the new Parliament building on May 28 during the inaugural ceremony. The Union finance ministry announced yesterday the minting of an INR 75 coin to commemorate the inauguration of this new launch. The coin will have the inscription ‘Parliament Complex’ with the new building’s image.

According to announcements, the coin would be circular with a diameter of 44 millimetres and 200 serrations along its edges. The coin will be made of a quaternary alloy with a metallic composition of 50% silver, 40% copper, 5% nickel, and 5% zinc. The Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar and the words “Satyamev Jayate” will be located in the centre of the coin’s obverse side. India will be written in English on the left margin, and Bharat will be written in Devanagari script.

The design of the coin will tally with the guidelines specified in the First Schedule of the Constitution. On Sunday, Modi will inaugurate the new Parliament building, and attendance from about 25 parties is anticipated. The year ‘2023’ will be inscribed in international numbers underneath the depiction of the Parliament Complex. Around 20 Opposition parties have decided to boycott the event, as per some media news. They include Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Left, Trinamool, Samajwadi Party, etc. They have claimed that, in light of the destruction of democracy, they do not see any benefit in erecting a brand-new structure. Apart from the 18 members of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), including the BJP, seven non-NDA parties will attend the ceremony according to Business Today. According to their stated stance on the matter, it has developed into yet another political flashpoint between the camps of the ruling and opposition.

The BSP, Janata Dal (Secular), Shiromoni Akali Dal, Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas), YSR Congress, TDP and BJD are the seven non-NDA parties expected to be present at the inauguration event. Meanwhile, as per the Mint app, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday, where the petitioner Advocate CR Jaya Sukin-sought ‘direction, observation or suggestion’ to the Lok Sabha Secretariat that the new Parliament building should be inaugurated by the President of India and not the PM. Additionally, it was asserted that by omitting to invite the President to the inauguration, the Lok Sabha Secretariat had broken the Constitution. Earlier a press release reported that the construction of this new building in the national capital has been completed and it symbolizes the spirit of self-reliant India.

It was also said that the lack of space was being experienced in the current building according to the present requirements and in both the Houses; the efficiency of the members was being hampered by the lack of convenient arrangements for the MPs’ meetings.

The introduction of the INR 75 coin is believed to serve as an attribute to India celebrating 75 years of independence. ‘Sansad Sankul’ will be written in Devanagari script on the upper border, while ‘Parliament Complex’ will be written on the below border. The inauguration next Sunday which is 28th May 2023 will occur following an invitation by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. Several controversies are still hovering over the fact that the government has ignored President Droupadi Murmu by not inviting her to the function.


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