The Lok Sabha 2018 recorded its most productive monsoon parliament in over 18 years on Friday after as many as 20 bills were passed by both Houses in the Monsoon Session of Parliament. Concluding yesterday the productivity of the Lok Sabha was 118 percent, while that of Rajya Sabha 74 percent, a figure that bodes well for the functioning of the government.
Being at its efficient best since 2000, the Lok Sabha recorded figures which have not only been non-existent but also unfathomable in recent years. Such has been the lethargy and will to non perform of the previous governments that it took until 2018 for the Lok Sabha to wake up from its slumber and undergo proper and fully fledged discussions and debates. The new figures revealed yesterday show the NDA lead BJP government’s will to work towards rapid and all-inclusive development. In a session that witnessed a no-confidence motion and election of a new deputy chairman, passing of 20 bills is an achievement that speaks about the government’s dedication to good governance.
Commencing on July 18, the monsoon session lasted 24 days and conducted 17 sessions in an affair that was as hectic as it was entertaining with some of the speeches and arguments at the show. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha functioned for 84 percent and 68 percent of their scheduled Question Hour time respectively as per data collected by Delhi-based PRS Legislative, an organization that works towards making the legislative process more informed and participatory.
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The 16th Lok Sabha saw 21 bills be introduced, mostly by the Ministry of Health And Family Welfare and Ministry Of Law And Justice. In what is a considerable achievement given the short duration of the current session, most of these bills were passed successfully.
Twenty-two bills — 21 in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha — were introduced. The Lok Sabha 2018 passed 21 bills and the Rajya Sabha passed 14 bills during the session. Twenty bills were passed by both the Houses of Parliament, the ministry said in a statement. This was an achievement considering that it was a short session of Parliament and a considerable time was devoted to discussions on issues of national importance and the election of the deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha to the office, it added.