Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die (Lead, Supersedes earlier version)

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Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die (Lead, Supersedes earlier version)

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday with Chairman Hamid Ansari expressing satisfaction over the transaction of “substantial legislative business”.

Ansari particularly appreciated the members from the last two rows who raised 86 of the total 205 Zero Hour submissions.

“The participation of the members occupying the last two rows in using these devices has been remarkable. Out of a total of 205 Zero Hour submissions, they raised 86 which is approximately 42 per cent,” Ansari said.

The Rajya Sabha had 29 sittings and deliberated for 136 hours.

The session, which began with the address of the President to Parliament on January 31, witnessed transaction of substantial legislative business.

“In all, the house either passed or returned 14 government bills which generated lively debates. The Union Budget, 2017-18, and the working of the Ministry of Railways and GST Bills were discussed at length.

“Members’ zeal to raise matters of urgent public importance with concern and passion is manifested in 205 Zero Hour submissions and 76 Special Mentions and in the 435 Starred Questions with more than 535 supplementaries and 4,629 Unstarred Questions raised by them,” Ansari said.

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