Parliament's Monsoon Session ends, government dubs it a 'success'

Parliament's Monsoon Session ends, government dubs it a 'success'

Parliament's Monsoon Session ends, government dubs it a 'success'

Lok Sabha did not take up any business on two days (in memory of Vinod Khanna and Sanwar Lal Jat); Rajya Sabha did not function on the first day of the session as a mark of respect to Anil Madhav Dave, Minister of State for Environment, who passed away in May.

A weekly column on the sessions of parliament. In between, there were holidays, there was the Presidential election, obituary references, and there was also a day dedicated to discussion on the Quit India movement.

Ananth Kumar said though time was lost to disruptions, members compensated by sitting extra hours.

Productivity is the ratio between the scheduled number of hours and the number of hours the house actually worked.

During the monsoon session, the House passed nine government Bills including the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill; the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill; the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill; and the National Institutes of Technology and Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill. The Rajya Sabha, on the other hand, spent almost 42% of its time on discussing non-legislative businesses, including incidents of mob violence in the country, agricultural crisis and foreign policy, reported The Times of India.

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The Lok Sabha saw the passage of 14 legislations, including the Banking (Amendment) Bill, and the suspension of six Congress members for "highly unbecoming" behaviour. "There were disruptions, even though we were ready to discuss what they wanted..." the Minister said, adding that these factors led to low productivity ratio. As many as 46 questions were orally answered, with 187 supplementaries. After Question Hour and papers were laid, the Speaker adjourned the house sine die. More bills were introduced and passed within the same session in comparison to the 15th Lok Sabha.

Ahluwalia said the dip in productivity in percentage terms did not affect legislative business done by the two houses, as the Lok Sabha passed 14 bills and the Rajya Sabha nine bills. On Wednesday, the government introduced the Code on Wages Bill at short notice and referred it to a Joint Committee of both Houses.

The Lok Sabha had passed the bill earlier. It was also pointed out that with the repeated formation of joint committees to examine Bills, the system of Department Related Standing Committees was being subverted and weakened. However, it is interesting to note that in the Rajya Sabha, the proportion of Bills being discussed for less than 30 minutes has increased. Kumar also said that passing of the bills relating to the extension of GST to J&K was a "historic achievement".

This session saw eight discussions in total being taken up in both Houses.

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