Bad show: Winter Session of 15th Lok Sabha ends today

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Bad show: Winter Session of 15th Lok Sabha ends today
New Delhi, Feb 21: The winter session of the 15th Lok Sabha ends today. The session has largely been in news for protests, disruptions and unparliamentary behaviour by few legislators. According to sources, around 6 anti-graft Bills are scheduled to be discussed in the House on Friday.

One of the major Bills passed in the House during the winter session was the controversial Telangana state formation Bill, which had created huge ruckus in the Lok Sabha.

According to PRS Legislative Research, between February 5 and February 13, Lok Sabha functioned for 5 percent of the scheduled time and Rajya Sabha functioned for 8 percent. Both Houses have worked for less than three hours over seven sittings.

The 15th Lok Sabha has functioned for 62 percent of the entire scheduled time while Rajya Sabha has functioned for 67% of the scheduled time, the organisation says.

A total of 39 Bills were listed for passage in the second part of the Winter Session which began on February 5. This included consideration and passing of 29 pending Bills and the introduction, consideration and passing of four new Bills.

Although the union government tried to introduce the Prevention of Communal Violence Bill in the Rajya Sabha, it was opposed by MPs on the ground that the House lacked the legislative competence to enact the Bill.

The communal violence Bill is a state subject, over which the Parliament does not have the power to legislate on, they argued.

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