Most productive Lok Sabha session

The just concluded Monsoon Session of Parliament said to be a most productive one. It has given a great relief to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is getting ready for 2019 polls. Successful conduct of the session by getting nod to as many as 20 bills has given a great relief to the government follwoing the washed out of two successive sessions of the parliament – winder and budget sessions.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar termed the session a festival of social justice as a bill to give constitutional status to the OBC Commission and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, were passed.The Monsoon Session had commenced on July 18 and it concluded yesterday. Both Houses were adjourned sine die. The session provided 17 sittings spread over a period of 24 days.

The Lok Sabha proceedings during the Monsoon session also make it one of the most productive sessions of this government. The session saw the first no-confidence motion being taken up against the Modi Cabinet. The motion passed by TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas, which was discussed for over 11 hours and 41 minutes by 51 members, was defeated with 135 Ayes and 330 Noes.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while applauding the House, said that of the 22 Bills government introduced, 21 were passed. “The House lost 8 hours and 26 minutes due to disruptions, but the members sat for 20 hours and 43 minutes beyond the scheduled time,” said Mahajan.

With 17 sittings, the Lok Sabha held business for 112 hours, which was 110 per cent of its scheduled time. The average productivity of the House this Session was 86 per cent, which was the highest for the 16th Lok Sabha. The Question Hour was also one of the most productive which saw 84 per cent of its scheduled time taken up.

The Rajya Sabha took up 270 Starred Questions and 2879 Unstarred Questions during the session. Of these, 91 Starred Questions were orally answered. There was almost no disruptions during the Question Hour and the Zero Hour barring the exception of a day when proceedings were disrupted in protest over final draft of National Register for Citizen.

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