Productivity of Rajya Sabha spikes up during 2nd Week of the 2nd Half of Budget Session

RSTV Bureau
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu during Rajya Sabha proceedings. (RSTV Grab)

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu during Rajya Sabha proceedings. (RSTV Grab)

After a mere 9.5 per cent productivity during the first week of the Second Part of the Budget Session 2020, Rajya Sabha saw an upward spike of 82.6 per cent productivity during the second week.

3 days of sitting were scheduled to be held in the second week of the Second Part of the Budget Session 2020. The House sat for 13 hours and 38 minutes against the scheduled 16 hours and 30 minutes.

The House lost 5 hours and 51 minutes, however, the House sat extra and skipped lunch for 3 hours and 58 minutes resulting in an effective loss of only 1 hour and 53 minutes.

Out of the 2 hours of Question Hour scheduled, one hour was successfully completed. On 13 March 2020, 9 Starred Questions were raised during the Question Hour.

The Question Hour on 11 March 2020 was lost due to forced adjournment while on 12 March 2020 it was dispensed with to take up Government Legislative Business.

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2020; The Mineral (Laws) Amendment Bill, 2019 were introduced, discussed and passed by the House on 12 March 2020.

One Money Bill, namely, The Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill, 2020 was introduced, discussed and returned to Lok Sabha on 13 March 2020.

In total, 4 hours and 35 minutes were spent on the discussion and passage of the three Government Bills in which 37 Members participated.

The House also agreed to amendments made by Lok Sabha to The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 11 March 2020.

One suo moto statement regarding the situation of Indians stranded in Iran due to COVID- 19 was made by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on 11 March 2020.

One important SDD on the Recent Law and Order Situation in some parts of Delhi was taken up on 12 March 2020 which lasted for 4 hours and 15 minutes. 21 Members participated in the discussion to which Home Minister Amit Shah replied.

17 Zero Hour Submissions and 9 Special Mentions were taken up during the week.

Private Members’ Legislative Business: On 13 March 2020, 1 hour and 7 minutes were spent on the Private Members’ Legislative Business.

Further discussion on two Bills, namely, the Foreign Investment in Financial Services, Critical Infrastructure and Technology Affecting National Security (Regulation) Bill, 2018 moved by Dr Narendra Jadhav and the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2014 moved by Prof. MV Rajeev Gowda were discussed.

Both the Bills were withdrawn. 10 Private Members Bills were also introduced.