Despite fears of a washout and acrimonious scenes on the House floor, the first half of Parliament’s budget session has seen the passage of six Bills and a high productivity rate. According to the government, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have functioned 123 per cent and 103 per cent of their scheduled time, respectively.
This, said Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, was possible because the government “reached out” to Opposition and allowed debates on all issues, as per demands. Naidu also attributed the “success” to an increased demand for a productive session, both at the public and the political level.
Both Houses passed the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015, The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015, the National Waterways Bill, 2015 and the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2016. Apart from these, Lok Sabha has passed three Bills, while the Rajya Sabha passed one.
According to PRS Legislative Research, Question Hour in Lok Sabha worked for 87 per cent of the scheduled time, while in Rajya Sabha, it worked for 85 per cent of scheduled time.