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13 August 2017, 02:32 | Darnell Patrick
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According to the data provided by the secretariats of the two houses, the Lok Sabha's productivity was 77.94 per cent, significantly down from 114 per cent during the Budget Session.
The Rajya Sabha passed nine bills and conducted debates on a number of crucial issues like lynchings and the agrarian crisis facing the country.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the government was happy with the session's outcome.
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During the monsoon session, the House passed nine government Bills including the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill; the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill; the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill; and the National Institutes of Technology and Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill. The lower House, however, passed more bills as compared to the upper House which spent more time on non-legislative business. In between, there were holidays, there was the Presidential election, obituary references, and there was also a day dedicated to discussion on the Quit India movement. Both Houses tried to make up for lost time by sitting beyond their scheduled hours, but still fell short.
While the Lok Sabha spent more time debating these Bills, Rajya Sabha undertook discussions on various topics including India's foreign policy, recent floods in the country and incidents of mob violence and lynching. As a result, a lesser number of questions could be answered orally. After Question Hour and papers were laid, the Speaker adjourned the house sine die. The Lok Sabha was non-functional for two days for Vinod Khanna and Sanwar Lal Jat.
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During the session, only the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 was introduced and referred to a joint committee of parliament. She said during these period, the House passed Supplementary Demands for Grants (General) and Demands for Excess Grants (General). It was also pointed out that with the repeated formation of joint committees to examine Bills, the system of Department Related Standing Committees was being subverted and weakened.
Kumar said the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly passing the Goods and Services Tax was a historic achievement.
These Bills were sent to the Rajya Sabha on August 2, but could not be taken up for consideration but were not returned to the Lok Sabha.
This session saw eight discussions in total being taken up in both Houses.
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