Lok Sabha adjourns sine die two days ahead of schedule

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan  in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.

New Delhi: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The Budget session of Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday evening, two days before schedule.

10 bills, including the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and the Anti-Hijacking Bill, were passed during the three-week session.

The Eighth Session of the 16th Lok Sabha, which commenced on April 25, had 13 sittings spread over 92 hours and 21 minutes.

“I am happy to inform you that in the recent past this is the first session in which House was not adjourned even for a single minute due to interruptions and I thank the entire House for cooperation extended to the Chair,” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said in her valedictory address.

The session was to conclude on May 13 but was brought to the sudden end on Wednesday.

Several important debates and discussion took place in the session that just ended.

A discussion on the alleged irregularities in AgustaWestland Helicopter deal took place during which the government and Congress traded charges.

In response to the Calling Attention, the concerned Minister made a statement and also replied to the clarifications sought by the members.

Another highlight was the passage of Uttarakhand Budget for 2016-17. Uttarakhand was brought under President’s rule on March 27 which was revoked on Wednesday evening after the Supreme Court declared that Congress CM Harish Rawat won the trust vote.

The drought situation in several parts of the country was also discussed.

Some of the important Bills passed are the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016; the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015; the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, as Reported by Joint Committee; and the Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2016.

Motion for reference of the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to the Joint Committee of the Houses was also adopted.

(With inputs from PTI)