15th session of the 16th Lok Sabha came to an end on Friday. The monsoon session began on July 18. Government accomplished most of its legislative business, however the anti- triple talaq bill could not be passed due to opposition disruptions.
During the 18 day session the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met 17 times. The Lok Sabha’s Productivity was over 110 percent and that of the Rajya Sabha was more than 74 percent.
The Lok Sabha lost about eight and a half hours due to disruptions, whereas Rajya Sabha lost about 27 hours.
The Lok Sabha worked 21 additional hours to make up for lost time and Rajya Sabha made up about 3 hours of lost time, by working extra time.
Government also thanked the opposition for the relatively smooth session.
This session will be remembered for its social justice priorities. Palriament granted constitutional status to the OBC Commission and also approved amendments that restored important provisons in the SCST prevention of atrocities Act.
22 bills were introduced in lok sabha while 21 were approved by the lower house. In the upper house 14 bills were passed.
Important bills passed in parliament include
– The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill
– the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017
– the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill
– The Criminal Law Amendment Bill
– The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill
– Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill
– the Trafficking of Persons
(Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill
– The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill
– The National Sports University Bill
– The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill
– four bills to amend the GST law
– the Central GST (Amendment) Bill
– Integrated GST (Amendment) Bill
– GST (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill
– Union Territory GST (Amendment) Bill
However, the triple talaq bill could not be taken up for passage in Rajya Sabha
Government lashed out at the principal opposition party for stalling the passage of triple talaq bill
Monsoon session was not only a productive one for the government with regards to the bills passed and business transacted, it was also a morale booster for NDA as new political alignments churned out during the sittings.
The government was able to decisively defeat the no confidence motion brought by the opposition. The centre got support from many non NDA parties during the course.
In the upper house, NDA managed a handsome victory for its candidate to the post of deputy chairman of the house. Harivansh Narayan Singh’s victory exposed fissures in the opposition ranks.
Four nominated members Sonal Mansingh, Rakesh Sinha, Ram Sakal and Raghunath Mohapatra also took oath during the session.
Apart from the redrawing political preferences and realignment in the upper house, the session saw strong support for centre’s social justice policies and initiatives.