Most productive Lok Sabha session in the past two decades; maximum Bills passed since 1952
Even as the Parliament passed a record number of Bills including the controversial Triple Talaq and Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, not a single one introduced in this session were referred to parliamentary committees for scrutiny.
The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha worked for 281 hours, which is 135 per cent of the scheduled hours. This is the most productive session of Parliament in the past 20 years.
On average, the Lok Sabha has worked for 81 per cent of its scheduled time in the past two decades.
The Budget session, which was to be held from June 17 to July 26, was extended till August 7. The Lok Sabha had sittings for 37 days in which as many as 35 Bills were passed—the most since the first Lok Sabha in 1952 when 24 bills were passed in 67 sittings.
A total of 38 bills were introduced in the Budget session of the Parliament (excluding the Finance and Appropriation Bills), out of which 28 were passes—the highest in the last decade.
The list of bills passed include the monumental legislations on the bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir into two separate Union Territories, the revocation of Article 370 and 35A, and the law against triple talaq.
The Code on Wages, 2019, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill are some of the other bills passed during this session.
“However, none of the Bills introduced in this session were referred to a Committee. Out of 28 Bills passed by Parliament, five Bills had been scrutinised by Committees in some form during the period of previous Lok Sabha,” the PRS Legislative Research noted.
During this session, 36 per cent of the questions were answered orally in the Lok Sabha by ministers. This is higher than any other session in the past 20 years.
Question Hour functioned for 95 per cent of its scheduled time in the Lok Sabha and 65 per cent in the Rajya Sabha during this session. 40 per cent of the questions received an oral answer from a minister in the Rajya Sabha. This is the second-highest among all sessions in the past 20 years.
Moreover, 94 per cent of the first term MPs participated in a debate in the Budget Session, which is significantly higher than the 16th Lok Sabha where 82 per cent of the first term members had participated in a debate in the first session.
Last but certainly not the least, 96 per cent women parliamentarians participated in a debate.