Rajya Sabha logged 80% productivity, Lok Sabha 78% this session

PM Modi with other party leaders at the meeting on Thursday. Express
PM Modi with other party leaders at the meeting on Thursday. Express
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13 August, 2017

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Friday by new Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu. She said during these period, the House passed Supplementary Demands for Grants (General) and Demands for Excess Grants (General).

Productivity is the ratio between the scheduled number of hours and the number of hours the house actually worked. The government's legislative agenda sailed smoothly through Lok Sabha.

The bills passed during the session include The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, and The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill. These included a Bill seeking to address rising loan defaults and another setting up Indian Institutes of Information Technology under a public-private partnership model.

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. During the debate, MPs questioned the rationale of having RBI intervene in the day-to-day working of banks.

The Rajya Sabha passed nine bills and conducted debates on a number of crucial issues like lynchings and the agrarian crisis facing the country. As reported by this newspaper, the main clause of the Bill which dealt with the composition of the NCBC, had to be dropped due to the absence of enough ruling party members in the Upper House.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah. PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah. PTI

The issues discussed at length for over 17 hours in the Short Duration Discussions included the increase in incidents of lynching and atrocities on Muslims and Dalits across the country; farmers' distress leading to rise in suicides and India's foreign policy and engagement with strategic partners.

National issues also resonated in Parliament.

This session saw eight discussions in total being taken up in both Houses. Both Houses passed a resolution pledging the building of a better India. However, the lower House also saw suspension of six Congress members for five days for hurling papers at the Chair.

Early on in the session, Rajya Sabha had to be adjourned because of lack of quorum in the House.

The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 was referred to the Joint Committee of both Houses. Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar, addressing a press conference after end of the session, said passing of the the bills relating to extension of GST to J&K was a "historic achievement" as it will lead to economic integration of the state with rest of the country.


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