Budget session: RS shows dismal 8% productivity

In a 'Report to the People', Rajya Sabha Chairman said since June 2014, Rajya Sabha has passed 154 Bills which comes to less than a Bill in two sittings. "This legislative output is 34 lesser than the 188 Bills passed during 2009-2014 and an astonishing 97 Bills lesser than the 251 Bills passed by the Rajya Sabha during 2004-09," Naidu said.

The last session of the 16th Lok Sabha ended on Wednesday, setting the stage for parties to now enter its election war rooms ahead of the general elections.

The Budget Session saw the productivity of Lok Sabha at 89% and that of Rajya Sabha at a dismal 8% due to protests by Opposition over a variety of issues including Rafale, hooch tragedy in Uttar Pradesh, roster system of appointment of university teachers and the CBI episode in West Bengal.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Tomar said the session has been a "successful" one in terms of wide participation of all parties in discussions on various issues of national importance.

He said the Lok Sabha had 331 sittings since 2014 after Narendra Modi government assumed power. There were 205 bills which were passed while the overall productivity was 85%.

For Rajya Sabha, number of sittings were 329 during this period in which 154 bills were passed and the productivity was 68%.

The Motion of Thanks on the President's Address in Lok Sabha was discussed in Lok Sabha for 11 hours and 16 minutes against the allotted eight hours. However, protests in Rajya Sabha did not allow a debate on the motion and it was passed without any discussion on the last day of the Budget session.

During this Session, nine Bills (three in Lok Sabha and six in Rajya Sabha) were introduced. Five Bills were passed by Lok Sabha and 5 Bills were passed by Rajya Sabha. Four 4 Bills were passed by both Houses of Parliament.

In a 'Report to the People', Rajya Sabha Chairman said since June 2014, Rajya Sabha has passed 154 Bills which comes to less than a Bill in two sittings. "This legislative output is 34 lesser than the 188 Bills passed during 2009-2014 and an astonishing 97 Bills lesser than the 251 Bills passed by the Rajya Sabha during 2004-09," Naidu said.

Naidu said he was concerned that since 2014 the House could make use of only 60% of the time available. Of the total 18 Sessions over the last five years, he said that the productivity of the House has been below the five year average of 60% in respect of eight sessions.

"While the average sittings of the House per year since 2014 was as per the trend of 60 to 70, steep decline in the productivity of the House was a matter of serious concern," he said.

“Every Question Hour lost means forfeiting the opportunity of seeking answers from the government on eight issues of policy, implementation and governance by 40 members. Every Zero Hour lost means depriving 15 members from raising issues of immediate public importance,” he added. 

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