Productivity of govt-dominated Lok Sabha 89%, oppn-dominated Rajya Sabha 8%

In a telling tale of productivity of the Modi government and the opposition, it was seen that normal business transactions could be held only in the Lok Sabha where the BJP-led NDA enjoys the majority

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New Delhi: The Interim Budget Session 2019 has been a successful session in terms of wide participation of all political parties in discussions on various issues of national importance, said Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, while addressing the media here today.

Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation, and Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, were also present on the occasion.

Giving the details for the tenure of 16th Lok Sabha, the Minister informed that for Lok Sabha, the number of sittings was 331, 205 Bills were passed and the productivity was 85%. For Rajya Sabha, the number of sittings was 329, 154 Bills were passed and the productivity was 68%.

Tomar informed that the Interim Budget Session, 2019 of Parliament which commenced on Thursday, 31 January 2019 has been adjourned sine die on Wednesday. The Session provided 10 sittings spread over a period of 14 days.

Productivity of the two Houses

The productivity of Lok Sabha was 89% and that of Rajya Sabha was 8% approximately.

This being the first Session of the year, the President addressed both Houses of Parliament assembled together in terms of Article 87(1) of the Constitution, on 31 January 2019.

The Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in Lok Sabha was moved by Hukmdev Narayan Yadav and seconded by Jagdambika Pal. This item engaged the Lok Sabha for 11 Hrs 16 minutes against allotted 08 hours.

The Prime Minister replied to the debate. In Rajya Sabha it was moved by Bhupendra Yadav, seconded by Vijay Goeland was adopted.

The Budget Session was mainly devoted to the transaction of Financial Business. During the Session, the Interim Budget for 2019-20 was presented on Friday, the 1 February 2019. General discussion on the Budget was held in Lok Sabha. This engaged the Lok Sabha for 7 hours 32 minutes against the allotted 8. Due to constant interruptions in the House, the Rajya Sabha could not take up the Interim Budget for discussion.

In Lok Sabha, the Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2019 and the Appropriation Bill relating to Third Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2018-19 were introduced, considered and passed on 11.2.2019 while the Finance Bill, 2019 was passed on12.02.2019. In the Rajya Sabha, these Bills were returned on 13.02.2019.

During this Session, a total of 9 Bills (3 in Lok Sabha and 6 in Rajya Sabha) were introduced. 5 Bills were passed by Lok Sabha, 5 Bills were passed by Rajya Sabha and 4 Bills were passed by both Houses of Parliament. A list of Bills introduced in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Bills passed by Lok Sabha, Bills passed by Rajya Sabha and Bills passed by both Houses are as under.

Legislative business transacted during the 17th session of 16th Lok Sabha, the 248th session of Rajya Sabha

I. Bills introduced in Lok Sabha

a. The Finance Bill, 2019

b. The Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2019

c. The Appropriation Bill, 2019

II. Bills introduced in Rajya Sabha

a. The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Amendment) Bill, 2019

b. The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2019

c. The Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian Bill, 2019

d. The International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019

e. The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

f. The National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019.

III. Bills passed by Lok Sabha

a. The Finance Bill, 2019

b. The Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2019

c. The Appropriation Bill, 2019

d. The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018

e. The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019

f. The Personal Laws (Amendment), Bill, 2019

IV. Bills passed by Rajya Sabha

a. The Finance Bill, 2019

b. The Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2019

c. The Appropriation Bill, 2019

d. The Personal Laws (Amendment), Bill, 2019

e. The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2019

V. Bills passed by both Houses of Parliament

a. The Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2019

b. The Appropriation Bill, 2019

c. The Finance Bill, 2019

d. The Personal Laws (Amendment), Bill, 2019