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

Lok Sabha Adjourned Sine Die 14 Bills Passed In This Session

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While Rajya Sabha welcomed the new chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, it also witnessed some fireworks, not literally though.

During the session, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also saw itself becoming the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha after a fresh round of elections to the upper house.

The monsoon session of Parliament on Friday came to an end with Rajya Sabha working for almost 79.95% of the scheduled hours and the Lok Sabha clocking a shade lesser sitting for 77.94% of its allotted time. Lok Sabha worked for approximately 70% of its scheduled time, and Rajya Sabha for about 73%.

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The 243rd session of the upper House that commenced on July 17, included 19 sittings and it took more than 80 hours.

Besides this, the bills passed by both the upper and lower houses include the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017, the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017, the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017, and the National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017.

Productivity is the ratio between the scheduled number of hours and the number of hours the house actually worked. Two Bills extending the GST regime to Jammu and Kashmir were among the 13 that were passed. The Speaker suspended five MPs for persistently and wilfully obstructing the proceedings of Lok Sabha.

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While the Lok Sabha spent more time debating these Bills, Rajya Sabha undertook discussions on various topics including India's foreign policy, recent floods in the country and incidents of mob violence and lynching. After Question Hour and papers were laid, the Speaker adjourned the house sine die. As per the rules, the bills will deemed to have been passed by both houses on August 15, the end of 14-day period for returning a Finance Bill to the lower house. More bills were introduced and passed within the same session in comparison to the 15th Lok Sabha. On Wednesday, the government introduced the Code on Wages Bill at short notice and referred it to a Joint Committee of both Houses. 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.

The Rajya Sabha passed nine bills and conducted debates on a number of crucial issues like lynchings and the agrarian crisis facing the country.

The minister also said a special sitting was organised to mark the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement during the session.

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