Key bills cleared,
Parliament adjourns sine die
RSTV, April 12, 2017
Both houses of
India’s bicameral parliament today adjourned sine die. The
budget session which began on 31 December last year saw the
presentation of general budget and economic survey in the first
part of the session. The second part of budget session saw
passage of some very important bills including four GST related
bills and Finance Bill 2017, and Appropriation Bills.
This time the government had advanced the date of this year’s
budget session so that the budget exercise, including passage of
Finance Bill could be completed before the commencement of
Indian financial year beginning the first day of April.
Chairman Hamid Ansari announced the adjournment of 242nd session
of Rajya Sabha today afternoon immediately after the question
hour was over.
During the session Rajya Sabha either passed or returned total
14 government bills.
Ansari informed that the house deliberated important issues and
legislative business for 136 hours during its 29 sittings held
in the session.
Chairman Ansari said: “The house…witnessed the substantial
transaction of the legislative business. In all the house either
passed or returned fourteen government bills which generated
Appreciating the Rajya Sabha members for lively and animated
discussion, Ansari said: “The union budget 2017-18, and the
working of ministry of railways and GST bills were discussed at
“Members’ zeal to
raise the matters of urgent public importance with concern and
compassion is manifested in 205 zero hour submissions and 76
sepecial mentions they made,” said Hamid Ansari.
Rajya Sabha members raised 435 starred questions, that require
written as well as oral answers by the concerned ministers, and
members also asked 535 supplementary questions related to these
starred questions during the 242nd session.
Rajya Sabha members asked 4,629 unstarred questions that does
not entail oral answers from the ministers as a written reply is
laid in the house.
Hamid Ansari, Chairman, Rajya Sabha thanked the leader of the
house Arun Jaitley and leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad,
deputy chairman PJ Kurien and leaders of political parties for a
fruitful budget session.
Appreciating the participation of the members occupying the last
two rows of the upper house, Chairman Hamid Ansari said: “Out of
total 205 zero hour submissions, they raised 86 which is
approximately 42%. Similarly they asked about 260
supplementaries which is about 46% of the total supplementaries
Rajya Sabha members introduced 33 private member’s bills and
many important issues were discussed through these bills and
Praising the quality of debate in the upper house, chairman
Ansari said, “The issues related to electoral reform and Aadhaar
saw animated debates in the form of short duration discussion.”
While the house lost one sitting member during the session,
Congress member from Manipur, Haji Abdul Salam. A new member
from West Bengal, Manish Gupta of All India Trinmool Congress
joined the house in March this year.
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