Short monsoon session ends, govt claims 80% productivity

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Short monsoon session ends, govt claims 80% productivity

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the monsoon session of the Lower House had had 19 sittings which lasted 71 hours. During the session, voting to elect the 13th Vice President was also held on August 8.

During the session, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also saw itself becoming the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha after a fresh round of elections to the upper house.

A major highlight of the session was the suspension of six Cong members for "highly unbecoming" behaviour. "The productivity of Lok Sabha was 77.94 per cent and that of Rajya Sabha was 79.95 per cent", Mr Kumar said.

During the monsoon session, the House passed nine government Bills including the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill; the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill; the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill; and the National Institutes of Technology and Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill.

"This session was short".

The minister also said a special sitting was organised to mark the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement during the session. "There were disruptions, even though we were ready to discuss what they wanted..." the Minister said, adding that these factors led to low productivity ratio.

"There was no affect on the legislative business, as both houses passed several bills", he said.

The other Bills passed by the upper House were the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill; the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill and the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was referred to the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha.

The session saw six Congress MPs getting suspended for five days for hurling papers at the Chair, termed as "highly unbecoming" behaviour.

The session, also witnessed debates on other key issues like the fallout of the GST, the flood situation in India and the matters relating to external affairs.

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