NEW DELHI: The first phase of Budget session, despite disruptions and heated discussions, saw 10 bills passed, while clocking more than 100 per cent productivity.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said productivity of both Houses was good, and it was one of the most rewarding sessions. “Lok Sabha has worked 123 per cent of the scheduled time, an extra 24 hours 58 minutes while the productivity of Rajya Sabha has been 103 per cent,” he said on Wednesday as first half of the session ended.
After a recess of over a month, during which elections in Assam and parts of West Bengal will be held, the House will again meet on April 25. Among key bills passed by the both Houses were Real Estate Bill, Aadhar Bill, and Election Laws Amendment Bill.
The government termed the session the most significant and rewarding on several counts, since it assumed power in 2014. “The government was always keen to accommodate as many opposition party MPs as possible in the debates,” Naidu added.
“This session gave me a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. This session saw Rajya Sabha witnessing a rare occasion of opposition and treasury benches giving credit to each other for introducing and piloting the real estate Bill. The manner in which the bill was passed in the Upper House clearly highlighted what the highest legislature of the land could do to further the aspirations of the people. The spirit of camaraderie demonstrated in the upper house underlined what we could do collectively for the betterment of the lives of the people,” Naidu added.