Despite frequent disruptions that saw both Houses of Parliament suspending work for several sittings,mostly due to protests by MPs from non-Telangana regions,the Monsoon Session turned out to be a productive one for the government,with many key legislations being passed and several introduced.
Among the key Bills and amendments that were passed were the National Food Security Bill,the Land Acquisition Bill and the Pension Bill that had been hanging for about a decade. Others included the Companies Bill,National Highways Authority of India (Amendment),Wakf (Amendment) Bill,Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill,Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill and Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Bill.
The Lok Sabha saw eight Bills being introduced and 13,including the SEBI (Amendment) Bill,being passed.
The Rajya Sabha managed to pass 18 bills and amendments,including the Companies Bill 2012 and the Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Bill,2013. The Rajya Sabha saw 21 sittings and the House sat for more than 98 hours. While it lost more than 44 hours due to disruptions,it made up for the loss by skipping lunch recess and sitting late for 30 hours to complete important business.
As many as 17 legislations were also introduced in RS,including the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill,2013,Mental Health Care Bill and the Judicial Appointment Commission Bill.
However,the collegium system of appointment of judges,which the government wants to scrap,is likely to stay for the time since the Parliament could not pass a Constitutional Amendment Bill. Another Bill that failed to get House nod was the Representation of the People (Second Amendment) Bill,2013. As a result,lawmakers convicted in criminal cases with imprisonment of two years or more now face the prospect of immediate disqualification.