The winter session of the Lok Sabha ended on Thursday after having sittings for 24 days since November 22.
Before adjourning the House sine die, Speaker Meira Kumar regretted that the House lost over 76 hours and 21 minutes due to interruptions, followed by forced adjournments. “Such forced adjournments compromise the authority and supremacy of Parliament.”
During the session, 400 starred questions were listed, of which only 41 could be answered orally. “Thus, on average, about 2.05 questions could be answered per day, which you will agree is extremely low.”
She said 27 Bills were introduced and 18 of them passed and they include the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill and Whistle blowers Bill.
Earlier, during zero hour, Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) claimed that the country was facing a worst economic slowdown and downfall in the industrial output. He sought convening of a special Parliament session to discuss the economic situation.
Chitlapakkam S. Rajendran (AIADMK) urged the government to immediately provide 1000 MW of power to Tamil Nadu to tide over its grave power crisis.
Manish Tewari (Congress) sought the government's intervention to secure the release of 54 Indian prisoners of war from Pakistan jails.
P.L. Punia (Congress) claimed that 90 per cent of cases of rape or attempt to rape were committed on SC/ST women. He wanted the government to intervene.