Parlt session ends; LS productivity at 91.58 pc

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jan 2018 08:51:37


Delhi Bureau,

NEW DELHI,

Jan 5,

CURTAINS were down on the Winter Session of Parliament with both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourning sine die on Friday. With the productivity of the Lok Sabha during this session being 91.58 % and that of the Rajya Sabha being 56.91, the Union Parliamentary Affairs and Chemical & Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar termed it as a landmark session of Parliament, and added that total 13 Bills were passed in Lok Sabha and 9 in Rajya Sabha in 13 sittings spread over 22 days.

Accompanied by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation Vijay Goel and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Arjun Ram Meghwal by his side during a press conference in the Parliament premises on Friday, Ananth Kumar said that 14 Bills were introduced in Lok Sabha. The Lower House passed 13 Bills, while the Upper House passed 9 Bills. However, since the Bills, as passed by Lok Sabha and transmitted to Rajya Sabha for its recommendation, are not likely to be returned to Lok Sabha within the period of fourteen days from the date of their receipt in Rajya Sabha, the Bills will be deemed to have been passed by both Houses at the expiry of the said period. This effectively means that 13 Bills each were passed by both the Houses of the Parliament during winter session.

He said, the Government is committed to pass important Bills like triple talaq Bill and National Commission for Backward Classes Bill with the cooperation of all the parties. Three Bills replacing the Ordinances, namely, the Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Ordinance, 2017; the Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, which were promulgated by the President, were considered and passed by Lok Sabha.

Only one Bill replacing an Ordinance namely the Central Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Bill, 2017 could not be taken up by Rajya Sabha. As this Bill is a money Bill and not likely to be returned to Lok Sabha within the period of fourteen days from the date of its receipt in Rajya Sabha, the Bill will be deemed to have been passed by both Houses at the expiration of the said period in the form in which it was passed by Lok Sabha under clause (5) of article 109 of the Constitution.

The other major highlight of the Session was the passing of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2018, the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017and the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) Bill, 2017 by both the Houses of Parliament.