Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu complimented the MPs for a productive session as 32 Bills were passed in the 249th session of the Rajya Sabha. He was speaking before adjourning the House sine die.
The Rajya Sabha set a “new normal” in its “highly productive” 249th session, with extended sittings and a record number of bills disposed of, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday.
Delivering the Valedictory Address, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said, “This session is the best session in the last 17 years accounting for 52 sessions.”
Naidu also lauded the “mutual understanding” between ruling and opposition members in running the House smoothly.
“The House had 39 debates on legislative proposals and issues of public importance,” he said, adding that most of the debates were of “good quality” with all side presenting their views.
Complimenting members, Naidu said this session is the fifth-best in the last 41 years.
“This session has recorded best of all performances,” said Naidu.
During this session, a total time of 19 hours and 20 minutes were lost in disruptions by opposition parties on several issues.
“However, the House sat beyond extended time on 19 days and gained around 28 hours,” Naidu.
The total time availed for the transaction of business was 195 hours.
“After a long time, this House witnessed narrowing of divergence in terms of Bills passed by both the Houses of Parliament during this session,” he said.
The session, which began on June 20, was to conclude on July 26. But the session was extended till August 7.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday also in his valedictory address said that it was the most productive session since 1952.
He was speaking before adjourning the House sine die. The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, which began on June 17, was to conclude on July 26, but it was extended till August 7.
The session had 37 sittings of total 280 hours, in which 36 bills were passed while 33 were introduced in the Lower House, Birla said.
He also mentioned that the House sat for 75 hours late in the evening to transact the business.
He said 1,086 issues were raised by members mostly first-timers during the Zero hour.
Out of the 265 first time members, 229 got chance to speak during the Zero Hour, while 42 out of 46 women MPs also spoke during the same period, he said.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi requested Speaker Om Birla to adjourn the proceedings sine die as “99 per cent” of the government business has been completed.
(With inputs from agencies)