Both Houses of Parliament adjourned sine die on Friday in the pre-lunch session.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari called the 240th session a highly productive one. He informed that 14 bills were passed during the monsoon session. He also added that the House had 20 sittings during which it deliberated for more than 112 hours and 59 members joined the House.
“The Session commenced with high expectation. I am glad that the Session was highly productive. There were debates of national concern and discussion on many subjects,” Chairman Ansari said.
He also mentioned the resolution passed by the House on the situation in Kashmir and the debate prior to passing the Constitutional Amendment Bill that paves the way for the much talked about Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The House held an animated debate before passing the Constitution 122nd (Amendment) Bill, 2014 to enable introduction of a new indirect tax regime, Goods and Service Tax (GST), the Chairman said.
Earlier, DMK MP Kanimozhi demanded a discussion on Education Policy but deputy chairman PJ Kurien refused her request and said the discussion will continue in the next session.
A demand for raising wages and allowances of MPs was also made in the Upper House as members demanded that their salaries should be higher than the revised scale of the Cabinet Secretary.
Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav raised the issue through a Zero Hour mention. He said that an MP’s salary is less than that of an MLA in Delhi and half of an MLA in Maharashtra. The 7th pay commission entitles cabinet secretary a salary of Rs 2.5 lakhs a month.
Anand Sharma too lashed out at the government for being silent on the Parliamentary committee’s recommendations to raise a member’s salary.
“Thousands of crores of rupees are spent on Prime Minister’s visits abroad but there is no hike in salaries of MPs,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha too adjourned sine die after the House adopted a resolution on the situation in Kashmir. MPs expressed serious concern over the prolonged curfew, the violence and the loss of lives in the Valley. But the Lower House expressed a firm view that there cannot be any compromise on India’s unity, integrity and national security with regard to the Kashmir matter.
Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge had demanded that the House pass a resolution on Kashmir where the situation was turning complex and was deteriorating by the day.
Earlier, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also informed the House regarding the IAF aircraft that went missing on July 22.
There are unlikely to be any survivors on board the AN-32 aircraft that went missing over the Bay of Bengal with 29 people on board, the minister said on the floor of the House.
Parrikar then gave details of the measures being taken to locate the plane.
The ill-fated AN-32 had taken off on a routine courier flight to Port Blair from Tambaram air base near Chennai on July 22 at 8.30 am with six crew and 23 personnel, but never arrived at the destination.
(With inputs from PTI)