The monsoon session of Parliament

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

Lok Sabha spent 28 hours, Rajya Sabha 22 hours, discussing Bills.

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.

"It has been a successful session in terms of legislative business conducted and wide participation of all political parties in discussions on various issues of national importance", Kumar said at the press conference he addressed with Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and S.S. Ahluwalia.

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.

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

Summary: New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Friday. Two Bills extending the GST regime to Jammu and Kashmir were among the 13 that were passed. Besides, three government Bills were withdrawn. The Bill authorises the Reserve Bank of India to give directions to banks on recovering these loans.

The Lok Sabha lost almost 30 hours to disruptions but sat for more than 10 hours extra.

In all, however, only seven Bills were approved by the Upper House.

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

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

According to the data provided by the secretariats of the two houses, the Lok Sabha's productivity was 77.94 per cent, significantly down from 114 per cent during the Budget Session.

Further, fewer Bills were referred to parliamentary standing committees for scrutiny.

During the session, only the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 was introduced and referred to a joint committee of parliament.

As the Monsoon Session ends and Parliament heads into an extended recess, the key takeaway remains slow legislative activity: of the 25 Bills listed, only nine could be passed by both Houses.

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