The winter session of Parliament concluded on Friday. The nearly month-long session saw some key Bills being tabled and passed. The key take aways from the session were the passage of The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
A few Bills such as the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 that seeks to prohibit commercial surrogacy, but allows altruistic surrogacy has been sent to a Rajya Sabha select committee, while the personal Data Protection Bill has been sent to a joint select committee. Here is a comprehensive report on key business transacted in this winter session of Parliament.
Of the 18 bills introduced, 15 bills were passed by both the houses. While Lok Sabha marked the productivity of 116%, Rajya Sabha was 100% productive in a fitting tribute to its 250th session.
Winter Session was also remarkable in terms of questions asked. The maximum number of questions were taken up in the last 49 years since 1971Of the bills passed during the winter session, the important bills are: Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, SPG (Amendment) Bill, Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, Bill extending reservation of SC & STs in Loksabha and state assemblies, Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bil, Bill Prohibiting Electronic Cigarettes, Chit Fund Amendment bill, Bill protecting rights of Transgender Persons , The Arms (Amendment) Bill. The Bill to grant property rights to residents of Delhi staying in unauthorized colonies was also passed by both the houses.
Describing the historic 250th session of the Rajya Sabha as being a ‘landmark session’, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday hoped that this new normal of exceptional productivity will stay for all the times to come.
In his concluding speech, Lok sabha Speaker Om Birla said that house was not only productive regarding legislative business but the legislators also got lots of opportunities ask questions. Short duration discussions on Air Pollution and Climate Change & Crop Loss issues of farmers were also conducted.
This was also a 250th session of Rajya Sabha. To mark this occasion, a special discussion on the ‘role of Rajya Sabha and the need for reforms’ was held. This year was also the 70th Constitution Day.
Special programme was held in the Central Hall of the Parliament to commemorate this occasion where, President, Vice President and Prime Ministers addressed the August gathering.
The winter session though brief, witnessed constructive debates and important legislations being passed. Members also got lot of opportunities to ask their questions.