Rajya Sabha clocks 96% of productivity during first phase of Budget Session

RSTV Bureau
Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu (RSTV Grab)

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu (RSTV Grab)

Rajya Sabha recorded 96 per cent productivity in the first phase of the Budget session that concluded on February 11, 2020.

During the 9 scheduled sittings of Rajya Sabha, the House functioned for a total of 38 Hours 30 Minutes as against the scheduled available time of 41 Hours 10 Minutes.

While the House lost 5 Hours 32 Minutes on February 3, 2020 due to disruptions and forced adjournments, the Members sat for 3 Hours 56 Minutes beyond the scheduled time resulting in a net loss of one Hour 36 Minutes of the scheduled time of the House.

Though the House was scheduled to have 9 sittings, not much business could be taken up as per the convention on the first two days of the Session as the House was adjourned after the Address of President at the Joint Session of Members of both the Houses and after laying of Budget Papers on the Table of the House on the second day.

On the third day, the business could not be transacted on account of disruptions.

During the six effective sittings of the Rajya Sabha, 155 Members accounting for 69% of the effective strength of the House spoke in the House under various instruments like Zero Hour, Special Mentions, discussion on Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address, debate on General Budget for 2020-21 and on the Private Members’ Bills.

A total of 323 interventions were made during the 6 functional days which comes to 54 per day. 13 Members of Rajya Sabha who are Ministers and the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha do not either raise questions or participate in the proceedings of the House which makes the effective strength of the Upper House as 226.

A total of 323 interventions, Zero Hour and Special Mentions were made by 155 Members, of which 83 have got two or more opportunities to participate in the proceedings of the House.

V Vijaysai Reddy of YSRCP has the best participation with 9 opportunities including a Zero Hour mention, Special Mention, 5 supplementaries, one Starred Question, 4 Supplimentaries to Starred Questions besides participation in the debates on Motion of Thanks to the President and General Budget.

PL Punia, Husain Dalwai, Prof. M.K. Jha, Amar Patnaik, Ravi Prakash Verma, Dr Ashok Bajpai, Amar Shankar Sable got 5 opportunities each.

A total of 75 Zero Hour submissions were made during 4 days at the rate of about 19 per day and 38 Special Mentions on 6 days at the rate of over 6 per day. 34 Starred Questions were taken up on 5 days at the rate of 7 per day.

45 Members spoke on the Motion of Thanks to the President while 55 participated in the discussion on General Budget.

The legislative agenda for the second phase of the Budget Session which begins on March 2nd, 2020 for which time has been allotted is as below:

  • Consideration and passing of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 to replace an Ordinance along with the Statutory Resolution seeking disapproval of the Ordinance;
  • The Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to replace an Ordinance along with the Statutory Resolution seeking disapproval of the Ordinance.
  • The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019
  • The National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2019
  • The Aircraft Amendment Bill, 2020 after passed by Lok Sabha
  • The Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill, 2020 after it is passed by Lok Sabha
  • Motion for Modification of Notification regarding the Right to Information Rules, 2019 laid on the Table of Rajya Sabha on November 2019