Parliament’s winter session ended on Friday, four working days ahead of schedule, after some opposition leaders called for an adjournment due to Christmas and the upcoming holidays. Government business was limited in the session and only seven of the 16 non-financial bills on the government agenda were introduced amid repeated interruptions due to the Opposition’s demand for a debate on India-China relations.
The Lok Sabha passed a rare resolution against the drug menace, with the opposition frequently protesting in both houses after a December 9 clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Tawang, and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kirodi Lal Meena introducing a private member’s bill on the implementation of a uniform civil code. yours. With the help of dispensation of authority in Rajya Sabha.
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi later announced, “The productivity of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha was approximately 97% and 103% respectively.”
The winter session had 13 sittings spread over 17 days. Highlights of the session include a rare Lok Sabha resolution against the drug menace, and the Upper House being able to use all its time in Speaker Jagdeep Dhankhar’s first session.
However, this is the eighth shortened session since March 2020. Originally scheduled to run until December 29, the winter session lost four days to the early break. While the government said opposition pressure was responsible for the early shutdown, senior opposition leaders said the government did not have much business for the session.
Joshi argued that the “essential business of government” was complete and the Business Advisory Committees of both houses of Parliament recommended that it be discontinued. “The EAEs took note of the request and sentiments of MPs across party lines for Christmas/Year-end celebrations,” added Joshi.
During the session, nine bills were presented, including two credit bills. The Lok Sabha cleared a total of seven bills and the Rajya Sabha passed nine. Of the seven non-financial bills brought to Parliament, four relate to amendments to the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order. The other three included the Multi-State Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill, the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill and a bill to further repeal and amend obsolete laws.
In the last winter session, the government presented 12 bills, 10 of which were approved by both Chambers.
Both houses passed nine laws this session. The winter session was one of the shortest in the 17th Lok Sabha. According to PRS Legislative Research, 36 scheduled sitting days have been lost due to early adjournment in this Lok Sabha.
In his press conference, Joshi focused on two key bills — the Multi-State Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2022 — and said both had been referred to their respective joint committees. House. Two key debates—Global Warming in the Rajya Sabha and the drug menace in the Lok Sabha—and the Opposition’s relentless protests over the Indo-China border debate limited the main agenda of the non-government benches. 119 members participated in the discussion of the drug menace that lasted for 15 hours. In the Rajya Sabha, the “short-lived debate” on the “serious effects of global warming” was attended by 17 members for three hours.
Opposition leaders, led by the Congress, protested inside and outside Parliament, especially in the Rajya Sabha, and tried to move dozens of adjournment motions for the debate on the border status, but the government did not budge on Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s reading. statements of both chambers.
Dhakhar described his first session as a “learning and enriching experience”, but said he also had “hits, hiccups and aberrations”. As the Rajya Sabha grappled with periodic protests, Dhakhar said in his speech that people “cherish the hope and hope that we will work to realize their aspirations and make their dreams come true”. As mentioned by BR Ambedkar, unless parliamentarians realize their responsibilities and take up the task of looking after the welfare and well-being of the people, Parliament will be treated with utter contempt by the public.
“We have to calibrate our performance through this prism,” he added.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that “differences of opinion on political party issues are natural” in a functioning democracy, but “should be reflected in the form of healthy debates”.
“The agreements and disagreements on the issues can be reflected in the debates and not through the suspension”, he repeated, and argued that the appropriate behavior of the Chamber is the responsibility of all stakeholders.
“Gebea must be done according to collective will and agreement. members not to resort to disruptive tactics in the House and participate in the proceedings of the House to highlight people’s problems and strengthen democracy,” added Birla.
In the Rajya Sabha, Dhankhar said 82 starred questions were answered, 31 private members’ bills were tabled and 36 reports were tabled by the eight parliamentary standing committees attached to the department. “The suspension, which resulted in the loss of 1.46 hours of precious time and the display of unacceptable behavior, partially affected the proceedings. The suspension as a mechanism of expression is against the grace, decorum and sublimation of this solemn platform,” he said.
“I ask all of you to think deeply and look for people’s reality check in our actions,” he added.