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.
Here are the Highlights from the Monsoon Session:
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