New Delhi: Welcomed, but surprising, Indian law makers have turned up in record performance in terms of number of sittings and transaction of legislative business.
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu, while briefing media here today on the last day of the Budget session of Parliament, informed that since May, 2014, the Lok Sabha held 90 sittings while the Rajya Sabha had 87, the highest in the last ten years.
In the past one year, both the Houses have passed 47 Bills, the best in the last six years.
Giving statistics of the recently concluded Budget session, Naidu informed that both the Houses have passed 24 Bills, the best of the Budget sessions of the last six years.
Union Minister further informed that Lok Sabha has worked for 117 percent of the scheduled time while the productivity of Rajya Sabha was 101 percent. Lok Sabha had 35 sittings during this Budget session, the highest in the last five years while Rajya Sabha held 32 sittings, the second best in the last five years.
The Minister informed that during this Budget session, Lok Sabha has lost 6 hours and 54 minutes due to interruptions but made up for the lost time by giving up lunch hours and working beyond scheduled time for 42 hours and 41 minutes. Rajya Sabha lost 18 hours and 28 minutes but gained 20 hours.
The Minster reiterated Union Government commitment to remove the cobwebs coming in the way of much needed economic recovery by enabling necessary flow of domestic and foreign investments and would pursue required legislations.
The Minister thanked all the parties for their cooperation during the last one year and also sought opposition’s corporation to make the Parliament an effective instrument of fulfilling the aspirations of the people.