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Best Rajya Sabha session in 17 years, says Venkaiah Naidu

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu in parliament. File

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu in parliament. File   | Photo Credit: RSTV

The upper House cleared 32 Bills in 35 sittings.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the Upper House had turned around from its disruptive past to a “new normal”. In all, 32 Bills were passed in the Budget session, making it the best in the past 17 years and fifth best in 41 years.

“Having reached a new normal in this session, the task now before all of us is to sustain it without getting back to old ways,” he said.

The Chairman said the Budget session was the most productive in the past two decades in various aspects, appealing all “not to return to the old ways of persistent disruptions”.

“With a total duration of 195 hours spent on transacting different kinds of business during the 35 sittings, this session turned out to be the best of 36 sessions during the past 11 years... the 217th session in 2009 had a total business time of 147 hours 27 minutes,” he said.

During the past five sessions, Mr. Naidu said that only a total of 173 hours and 33 minutes were spent on transacting business. With 35 sittings, the session was the longest in the past 14 years. The 204th session in 2005 had 38 sittings.

Lost time compensated

With a total of 151 starred questions orally answered, the 249th session that concluded on Wednesday was the best in the last 14 years after 45 sessions, the earlier record being 165 such questions answered in the 204th session (2005). In all, 194 special mentions and 326 Zero Hour mentions (the best in the past 20 years) were made.

The House lost 19 hours and 12 minutes due to disruptions, but gained about 28 hours by sitting beyond the scheduled hours.

Mr. Naidu said that during the session, the Council of States stood up for the interests of the States.

It reflected in the amendment made by the House to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, by changing the initial provision of ‘Consultations with the States’ to ‘Concurrence of the States’; and in ensuring substantially enhanced representation of the States by passing an amendment to the National Medical Commission Bill.

The Chairman also noted that the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill and the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill passed during the session were “truly historic, which would help in “addressing legacy issues”.

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