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Monsoon Session ends, most productive for Lok Sabha since 2000

By Oneindia Staff Writer

New Delhi, Aug 10: The Monsoon session of Parliament, which ended, was the "most productive" for Lok Sabha since 2000, a think tank has said. According to the data compiled by PRS Legislative Research, 20 bills were introduced during the session and 12 were passed.

The Lok Sabha, it said, worked for 110 per cent of the scheduled hours and the Rajya Sabha for 66 per cent. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha spent 50 per cent and 48 per cent of their time on legislative business respectively, the data said. This, the PRS Legislative Research data said, is the highest by both Houses in the 16th Lok Sabha and second highest since 2004.

Fewer bills (26 per cent) were referred to parliamentary committees, as compared to the 15th Lok Sabha (71 per cent) and the 14th Lok Sabha (60 per cent). This Monsoon session also had one of the most productive Question Hours of the 16th Lok Sabha.

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha functioned for 84 per cent and 68 per cent of their scheduled Question Hour time respectively, the data said. The highest number of 999 Private Member Bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha since 2000, the think tank said.

In the 16th Lok Sabha, the highest number of government Bills were introduced by the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In the 15th Lok Sabha, the highest number of Bills were introduced by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Law and Justice.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the session has been the "more productive and safisfactory" compared to the previous Budget Session and last year's monsoon session.

The session, which began on July 18, also witnessed a discussion on a no confidence motion against the Government brought by Opposition. The motion was defeated later.

The House also greeted the people in advance on the occasion of the Independence Day.

File photo of Parliament

Here are the Highlights from the Monsoon Session:

Newest First Oldest First
3:20 PM, 10 Aug
"Triple Talaq Bill will not be taken up today because no consensus could be built around it," says Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
3:13 PM, 10 Aug
Some reports say that the Triple Talaq Bill could be tabled in the Winter Session.
3:11 PM, 10 Aug
The government and opposition failed to reached a consensus on the issue of triple talaq. Senior ministers in the government including Union law minister and senior Congress leaders are discussing the matter to reach a meeting point. However consensus seems unlikely.
12:08 PM, 10 Aug
Congress demands JPC into Rafale issue. After ruckus over the matter, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned.
11:40 AM, 10 Aug
Uproar by Opposition in Rajya Sabha over Rafale Deal issue.
11:27 AM, 10 Aug
Congress raises Rafale deal issue in Rajya Sabha.
11:24 AM, 10 Aug
Sonia Gandhi takes part in the protest by Opposition in Parliament premises over Rafale Deal issue.
10:46 AM, 10 Aug
Congress, CPI, RJD and AAP hold protest outside Parliament over Rafale deal issue, reports ANI.
10:45 AM, 10 Aug
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved amendments in the Triple Talaq Bill. Under the amendments cleared, a magistrate will have powers to grant bail. The woman can approach the magistrate to seek subsistence allowance for herself and her minor children, and can also seek custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the matter. Union Cabinet yesterday also approved inclusion of provisions that the complaint in such a case can only be filed by the victim (wife) or blood relations
10:44 AM, 10 Aug
With the Union Goverment set to table the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha today, a BJP strategy meeting is curently underway in the Parliament. BJP President Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh , Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and other senior leaders are present at the meeting, reported ANI.
8:26 AM, 10 Aug
Triple Talaq Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today
8:51 PM, 9 Aug
Lok Sabha adjourned till 11am tomorrow.
8:16 PM, 9 Aug
Triple Talaq Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow
7:08 PM, 9 Aug
TDP MP demands Centre intervention in view of several kidney ailment cases in Uddanam
7:04 PM, 9 Aug
Zero Hour begins
7:04 PM, 9 Aug
Lok Sabha has passed the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill.
6:53 PM, 9 Aug
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will rally across the country & expose Congress who ruled for 55 years but did nothing. It's a slap in the face of those who call NDA & Modi govt as anti-dalit, says Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister, on passage of SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Amendment Bill
6:04 PM, 9 Aug
Lok Sabha extends functioning till 7 pm
5:56 PM, 9 Aug
LS debates the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Bill seeks to amend the Representation of People Act, 1950 and the Representation of People Act, 1951 to allow for proxy voting for NRI voters and to make certain provisions of the Acts gender-neutral.
5:46 PM, 9 Aug
Lok Sabha has passed The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018, The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018, The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, 2018 and The Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
5:43 PM, 9 Aug
National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 has been passed by Lok Sabha.
5:35 PM, 9 Aug
Meanwhile, The DNA Technology (Use And Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha.
5:35 PM, 9 Aug
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11.00 am tomorrow.
5:35 PM, 9 Aug
Parliament has passed the National Sports University Bill 2018 as the Rajya Sabha has given its approval.
5:34 PM, 9 Aug
The Rajya Sabha is currently discussing The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
5:34 PM, 9 Aug
The Lok Sabha is discussing The Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
5:14 PM, 9 Aug
Introducing amendments to the Triple Talaq legislation, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad urged Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her party for supporting the Bill.
5:10 PM, 9 Aug
National Sports University Bill 2018 was passed in Rajya Sabha on Thursday even as Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was interrupted by opposition members who engaged in constant sloganeering.
5:09 PM, 9 Aug
Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore speaks in the upper house on various initiatives by the government to boost sports at ground level, even as opposition members create ruckus, engage in sloganeering.
3:16 PM, 9 Aug
Rajya Sabha is discussing The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018.

Important bills and ordinances listed for the Monsoon Session:

  • 123rd Constitutional Amendment bill
  • Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bill
  • Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill
  • Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill or the triple talaq bill
  • Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017
  • Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill
  • National Medical Commission Bill, 2017.
  • Code of Wages Bill, the Factories (Amendment) Bill
  • Contract Labour Amendment Bill
  • Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill
  • Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill

Ordinances that would be replaced:

  • Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance
  • Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance
  • Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of HCs (Amendment) Ordinance
  • Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance
  • National Sports University Ordinance
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance

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