Rajya Sabha Worked 80%, Lok Sabha 78% of Scheduled Hours; Productivity Recorded Low at 26.4%

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New Delhi, Aug 12: This monsoon session, the Rajya Sabha worked 79.95 per cent of the scheduled time, while the Lok Sabha worked a little lesser at 77.94 per cent, according to a report TOI. Even though the working time spent in the Rajya Sabha was 80 per cent in Rajya Sabha, 2 per cent over the Lok Sabha, the lower House passed more bills than the upper House. The upper House, as per the reports, spent more time on non-legislative business.

While the Lok Sabha passed a total of 14 bills, Rajya Sabha managed to pass only 9 bills out of a total of 34 that were listed in the beginning of the monsoon session, which is 26.4 per cent productivity. In Lok Sabha, most of the recorded productive time, which is just 40 per cent, was spent on legislative business including the passing of 14 bills, while in Rajya Sabha, a higher proportion of the scheduled time, which is 42 per cent, was spent on non-legislative business.

“Thirteen bills were passed by both the Houses. This has been an achievement considering that it was a short session,” said Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar, addressing a press conference after the end of the session, reported TOI. Kumar also said that passing of the bills relating to the extension of GST to J&K was a “historic achievement”.

Besides this, the bills passed by both the upper and lower houses include the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017, the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017, the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017, and the National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017.

The Rajya Sabha also discussed incidents of mob violence and lynching, India’s foreign policy, and agrarian crisis 19 times during the monsoon session. The Lok Sabha was non-functional for two days for Vinod Khanna and Sanwar Lal Jat.