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This session LS worked 123%
of scheduled time
Times of India, May
session concluded on Wednesday was one of the most productive in
15 years with Lok Sabha working for 123% of the scheduled time
and Rajya Sabha for 101%. Not only was Question Hour keenly
attended with responses given to a higher number of questions
but money bills were also discussed more than they have been in
the last three years.
In RS, 31% of the scheduled questions were answered orally which
is the highest ever in the last 10 years, while in LS 22%
questions were answered orally according to data collated by
think tank PRS Legislative Research.
This session was marked by two highlights; one, it has the
highest instances of recorded voting in the past 15 years.
Typically, bills are passed by voice vote in Parliament. However
in the 16th LS, 17% of the bills were passed by recorded vote.
On an average in the past 15 years each LS saw about 5% of the
bills being passed by recorded voting.
Another highlight was that no private members' bill has been
passed in either House in the last 47 years. In this session a
private members' bill mooted by Tirucha Siva giving equal rights
to transgenders was unanimously passed by the RS.
In this session, one third of the bills introduced replaced
ordinances. As compared to 39% ordinances replaced by bills in
this session, previous session like the 14th LS session saw 11%
bills replacing ordinances, while in the 15th LS the number was
The session saw passing of important legislation like the black
money bill and constitutional amendment for the Indo-Bangladesh
land boundary agreement. However, the Goods and Services Tax
bill was sent to the select committee and the controversial land
acquisition bill was referred to the joint committee following
protests from the Opposition.
The government described the role of the opposition as
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