The curtailed monsoon session of the Lok Sabha witnessed a record 167% productivity with several key bills passed. The opposition had, of course, walked out of the proceedings on the last day. They registered their protest against the suspension of unruly MPs in the Rajya Sabha on 20 September. Speaker OP Birla adjourned the lower house sine die eight days ahead of its scheduled duration.
The Lok Sabha passed 25 bills and reintroduced 16 bills. The government had laid out its agenda of getting the bills cleared. Several of them were ordinances.
Lok Sabha monsoon session schedule and business
The Lok Sabha secretariat had scheduled 37 hours in the 10 sittings that took place in 10 days without a single break. The lower house worked for over 60 hours. That included weekends. About 68% of the time went into legislative business. The speaker used the remaining time for Zero Hour and debates.
The speaker said, “This session was being held under unprecedented times. I am glad that all members rose to the occasion and placed their duties as public representatives on their topmost priority.”
In Zero Hour, 370 MPs raised issues. Of them, 88 spoke on 20 September when the Lok Sabha went past midnight. MPs raised 181 issues of public importance using Rule 377 and 855 papers that ministers had tabled. Out of 78 women MPs, 60 spoke during the 10-day proceedings. Besides, the government answered 2,300 unstarred questions.
“You have become the hero of the Zero Hour”, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told the speaker. Joshi appreciated him for conducting proceedings of the house during the challenging time of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lok Sabha skipped private member business as the speaker announced the adjournment due to the COVID pandemic. As a result, no private member bill was introduced or discussed.
The Lok Sabha passed several important bills in the monsoon session of the parliament, 2020:
- Agriculture-related bills
- Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill
- Farmers (Empowerment And Protection) Agreement On Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill
- Amendment to 1955 Essential Commodities Bill
- FCRA Amendment Bill
- Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill
- Labour code bills
- Occupational Safety, Health And Working Conditions Code
- Code On Social Security
- Industrial Relations Code
In the course of the monsoon session, 25 MPs contracted COVID. MoS for Railways Suresh Angadi succumbed to the infection.