Both Houses of Parliament adjourn sine die

RSTV Bureau

Parliament-of-IndiaOn Friday, August 11, the final day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, both Houses of the Parliament adjourned sine die.

In the Upper House, Vice President M Venkaiah took over as the Chairman of the House. Members from different political parties welcomed the new Chairman, after which Naidu addressed the House for the first time after taking over.

The Chairman sought co-operation from all political parties for the smooth functioning of the House. Quoting Former President Pranab Mukherjee Naidu asked members to discuss, debate, dispose legislations without disruptions.

He also bid farewell to the retiring Rajya Sabha members- Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M), D Bandyopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress and Dilip Pandya of the BJP- and formally adjourn the House sine die.

Naidu, before adjourning the House sine die, gave an overview of the proceedings during the session that began on July 17.

During the session, members spoke on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement and a resolution was adopted.

Two new members Vinay Dinu Tendulkar, Sampatiya Uikey joined the House while BSP leader Mayawati and M Venkaiah Naidu resigned.

Among the Bills passed by the House were National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public Private Partnership) Bill, Right of children to free and compulsort education Bill etc.

The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill was referred to a Select Committee while the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill was referred to a joint committee.

In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that the Monsoon Session of the Lower House had had 19 sittings which lasted 71 hours. She said during the period, 17 bills were introduced and 14 bills were passed, including the Banking (Amendment) Bill, and the suspension of six Congress members for “highly unbecoming” behaviour.

Mahajan said nearly 30 hours were wasted due to disruption. She also added that the House sat for over 10 hours extra, to discuss matters of public importance.

Heated debate and verbal duels were witnessed between the opposition and treasury benches during the session on vital issues like cow-lynching and mob-violence, agrarian crisis and the attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat allegedly by BJP workers.

A special discussion was also held on 75th Anniversary on the Quit India Movement.

(With inputs from PTI)