14 bills passed in Lok Sabha this session

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar speaks in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi

While Rajya Sabha welcomed the new chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, it also witnessed some fireworks, not literally though.

Fifteen Bills were introduced during the session and nine were passed, other than that the two appropriation bills and three bills were withdrawn, the research body claimed.

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. He said, "For the first time all top posts (PM, President, VP and Speaker) are held by those with humble beginnings".

Six Congress members were suspended from the Lok Sabha for hurling papers at the Speaker in this session. Lok Sabha worked for approximately 70% of its scheduled time, and Rajya Sabha for about 73%.

The House also sat till late for more than seven hours to make up for the time lost in disruptions (about 25 hours) and complete the legislative business.

The 243rd session of the upper House that commenced on July 17, included 19 sittings and it took more than 80 hours. Parliament passed 11 Bills in total.

The bills passed during the session include The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, and The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill. The Rajya Sabha, on the other hand, spent almost 42% of its time on discussing non-legislative businesses, including incidents of mob violence in the country, agricultural crisis and foreign policy, reported The Times of India. Of these 46 starred questions were answered orally.

In the Rajya Sabha, Question Hour functioned for 43% of the time, which is above the average for the House since 2014 (47%).

The Lok Sabha lost almost 30 hours to disruptions but sat for more than 10 hours extra. On Wednesday, the government introduced the Code on Wages Bill at short notice and referred it to a Joint Committee of both Houses. The available time was also reduced due to the adjournment of both Houses in memory of sitting members who had passed away.

The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 was referred to the Joint Committee of both Houses.

Also, 113 reports/statements of various Parliamentary Committees including those of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committees were presented or laid on the Table of the House.

The Rajya Sabha saw disruptions over the issues of increasing incidents of lynching and atrocities on Dalits and Muslims and violence by cow vigilantes across the country.

The session also saw External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speak on the stand-off with China along the country's border in Sikkim, as the upper house took up a discussion on India's foreign policy.

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