Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die today, during the session, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have passed several important legislations including four bills related to Goods and Services Tax and held discussions on several important subjects.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has described the second part of the Budget session as productive and constructive. She said during the session, 24 bills were introduced out of which 23 were passed by the Lok Sabha. Speaker said over eight hours were wasted due to disruptions during the session but the members sat 28 hours and 40 minutes extra to dispose of the urgent government business.
The legislations which have been passed include, four GST Bills, Payment of Wages( Amendment) Bill, the Specified Bank Notes( Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, the Maternity Benefit (Amendment Bill) Bill, the Enemy Property ( Amendment and Validation) Bill, the Mental Health Care Bill and the Motor Vehicles ( Amendment) Bill. The Union Budget and relevant Appropriation Bills were also given approval.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari said the Upper House passed or returned 14 bills during the session which generated lively debates. He said Union Budget 2017-18 and the working of the Railway Minitry were discussed at length.
He said the issues relating to electoral reforms and Aadhaar saw animated debates in the House. He said the participation of members occupying the last two rows in the House in using these devices has been remarkable. Out of a total of 205 Zero Hour submissions, they raised 86 which approximately 42 per cent.
The members also asked 260 supplementaries which is about 48 per cent of the total supplementaries asked. The second part of Budget session had started on 9th of last month.