245 session come to an end today
By Bisheshwar Mishra / AMN / New Delhi
Amidst blame game by the BJP and the Congress over the second leg of the Budget session being a wash-out, the government today said that the productivity of the Lok Sabha was merely 4 per cent and that of the Rajya Sabha was 8 per cent during 22 sittings from March 5 to April 6.
In comparison, in the first part of the Budget session that commenced on January 29, the productivity during seven sittings of the Lok Sabha was 134 per cent. In the Rajya Sabha, the productivity during eight sittings was 96 per cent in the first-half of the Budget session.
In the second part of the Budget session, five Bills were introduced and passed by the Lok Sabha. These are the Finance Bill,2018, the Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2018, the Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2018, the Payments of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018, the Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
These Money Bills were passed in the Lok Sabha amidst pandemonium, without discussion, under the guillotine procedure.
The five Money Bills passed by the Lok Sabha were deemed to have been passed on April 29 by both Houses of Parliament on expiry of 14 days from the receipt of the Bills in the Rajya Sabha under clause (5) of Article 109 of the Constitution. The Bills will now be sent to the President for approval.
The 245th budget session of the Rajya Sabha was a complete washout. It worked only for 45 hours compared to 124 hours of no work due to disruptions. It hardly transacted any business
A total of over 124 hours of precious time of this House has been lost due to disruptions as against only 45 hours of functioning. No legislative work was transacted except passing of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and that too without any discussion. There was no discussion on the budget or any important issue of public concern.
As many as 9 important bills which were to be passed by the House are pending. These include- the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013; The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017; The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017; The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017; The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017; The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015; The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2018; The Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2017; The National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 (this is the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017).
Making his concluding remarks, the Chairman of Rajya Sabha Venkaiah Naidu said, “I am pained to note that it turned out to be an eminently forgettable session on account of utter disregard of the mandate of this important parliamentary institution and its responsibilities and missed opportunities.”
“I am compelled to reflect on what could not be done during such an important session, which is the longest of the year with about 30 working days. This is a sad commentary on the functioning of our parliamentary institutions reiterating the perception that they are on the decline. You were to discuss the important General Budget for this financial year and consider and return to the other House, the Appropriation bill and the Finance Bill. It was not done. This important function, in the end, was deemed to have been done. No legislative work transacted except passing of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and that too without any discussion even as several important Bills awaited your consideration.”
He said, that the recent Supreme Court verdict on the Act regarding prevention of atrocities against the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes resulted in a certain public perception leading to agitations and even violence in some parts of the country. You did not discuss it even. Proven weaknesses in the management and monitoring of public sector banks led to widespread concern across the country. But you had different priorities and no time to discuss it.”
He said that he had admitted discussion on all the issues of concern to various section of the house. “It is beyond my comprehension as to why the house could not take up any of those issues which were of larger public concern.”