Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 8
A persistent stalemate between the government and the opposition over demands to discuss price rise, GST related issues and Agnipath, the new recruitment scheme of the Armed Forces, led to the Monsoon Session of Parliament being among the least productive.
Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned sine die on Monday evening, four days ahead of the scheduled culmination of the session on August 12. The Monsoon Session commenced on July 18.
The just adjourned ninth session of the 17th Lok Sabha witnessed the third lowest productivity logging 44.29 hours of work after the sixth session which sat for 21.21 hours and the fourth session which sat for just 60 hours.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said the session had 16 sittings.
The lowest number of sittings (10) were seen in the fourth session of 17th LS and 17 in the sixth session.
Outgoing Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu who was given a farewell today also lamented the loss of 47 hours to disruptions with the house working for 38 hours only.
Highlights of the Monsoon Session were—MPs of both the Houses extended a farewell to outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind in the Central Hall of Parliament House on July 23 and Droupadi Murmu took Oath of Office as the 15th President on July 25.
Major bills passed by both houses
The Indian Antarctic Bill 2022, The Family Courts Amendment Bill, 2022, The National Anti Doping Bill, The Central Universities Amendment Bill.
Major Bills passed by LS
The Energy Conservation Bill, The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Amendment Bill, The Wildlife Protection Bill.
Major Bills introduced in LS
The Electricity Amendment Bill, The Competition Amendment Bill.
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