Special Correspondent

13 sittings were held during the session that began on June 15: Yoganand Shastri

NEW DELHI: Delhi Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri on Thursday expressed happiness over the fact that the Budget Session of the State Assembly went off well and though proceedings had to be adjourned for half an hour due to lack of quorum on one occasion, 12 per cent more than the scheduled time was actually used because of late sittings.

Addressing a press conference, Dr. Shastri said 13 sittings were held during the session that began on June 15.

He said 20 members participated in the discussion on the Lieutenant-Governor’s Address and it was passed by the House on June 18.

Of 240 questions listed for oral answering during the session, 56 were answered by the Ministers concerned in the House and 358 supplementary questions were asked by the members on them.

The Budget was presented by the Finance Minister on June 22 and was debated for three days before it was passed on June 25.

A total of 13 members took part in the discussion.

As for legislative business, the Members of Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Salaries, Allowances, Pension etc) (Amendment) Bill, 2009 – that was introduced in the House on February 25 -- was passed in this session.

Apart from this the National Law School, Delhi University (Amendment) Bill, 2009, and the Delhi Technological University Bill, 2009, were also introduced and passed.

Special Mention

Under Special Mention (Rule 280), 149 matters were raised and on 29 issues, keeping in view the importance of the problem, the Ministers concerned intervened and replied.

The Speaker said keeping in view the problem of lack of quorum, Kanwar Karan Singh moved a motion under Rule 107 stating, “This House recommends amendment in the Section 13(4) of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991; making quorum requirement one-fourth in place of one-third so that precious floor time could be saved to discuss the problems of the people of Delhi.”

It was subsequently passed by the House.