The monsoon session of Parliament

The monsoon session of Parliament

The monsoon session of Parliament

One of the highlights of the session was M Venkaiah Naidu taking over as the new Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Here's a summary of what went on in Parliament this session, in numbers. In between, there were holidays, there was the Presidential election, obituary references, and there was also a day dedicated to discussion on the Quit India movement.

Lok Sabha worked for 67% of the scheduled working hours and Rajya Sabha worked for 72%. During the session, Question Hour in Lok Sabha functioned for 64% of the scheduled time, which is lower than the average for the 16th Lok Sabha until this session (79%).

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Unlike previous sessions, the upper house recorded a higher productivity compared with the lower house, where the BJP along with its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners, enjoys a majority. 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. The lower productivity of the Question Hour can be attributed to the disruptions during the session on issues concerning demonetisation and the safety of women. Rajya Sabha passed the Bill on Wednesday. As many as 46 questions were orally answered, with 187 supplementaries.

The other Bills passed by the upper House were the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill; the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill and the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill.

During the session, only the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 was introduced and referred to a joint committee of parliament.

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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.

Ananth Kumar called the passage of The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill "historic".

These Bills were sent to the Rajya Sabha on August 2, but could not be taken up for consideration but were not returned to the Lok Sabha. Approximately 55 hours were devoted to discussing the agrarian crisis, suicides by farmers, floods, mob violence, lynching, and atrocities on Dalits and minorities in both Houses.

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Introducing the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the delay in the legislation to empower the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to direct lenders to act against big defaulters was hindering the banks' capacity to support growth.

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