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'Productive' monsoon session, 20 Bills passed by both Houses of Parliament : Ananth Kumar

'Productive' monsoon session, 20 Bills passed by both Houses of Parliament : Ananth Kumar

New Delhi, Aug 10 (UNI) Terming the Monsoon session of Parliament as successful, Union Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals Minister Ananth Kumar on Friday said 20 Bills were passed by both the Houses of Parliament during the Session with productivity of Lok Sabha at 118 per cent while Rajya Sabha had 68 per cent productivity.

'The Monsoon Session has been a successful session in terms of the legislative business conducted and wide participation of all political parties in discussions on various issues of national importance,' Mr Kumar told reporters here along with Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation Vijay Goel, and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Arjun Ram Meghwal .

The Monsoon Session, 2018 of Parliament which commenced on July 18, concluded on Friday.

Both Houses were adjourned sine die.

The Session provided 17 sittings spread over a period of 24 days. The productivity of Lok Sabha was 118 per cent and that of Rajya Sabha was 68 per cent.

During the session, a motion of No-Confidence moved by Mr Srinivas Kesineni was defeated with Ayes 135, Noes 330.

During the Session, 22 Bills (21 in the Lok Sabha and 1 in the Rajya Sabha) were introduced.

The Lok Sabha passed 21 Bills and while the Rajya Sabha passed 14 Bills during the session.

'20 Bills were passed by both the Houses of Parliament. This has been 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 to the Office of the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha,'Mr Kumar said.

Mr Harivansh was elected as Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha.

The Bills passed by both Houses of parliament include The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018

;The Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2018;The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018;The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2018; The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2018; The Constitution (One Hundred and Second Amendment) Bill, 2018; The National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2018; The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018;The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018

The Monsoon Session was devoted to bringing Social Justice in the society as major highlights of this Session included the passing of Bills relating to Social Justice.

These Bills include Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment)Bill, 2018, The National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2018; and The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention ofAtrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018.

Regarding the Legislative Business carried out during the Monsoon Session 2018, it was informed that during the Session, Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2018-19and Demands for Excess Grants for 2015-16and the related Appropriation Bills, were discussed and passed by the Lok Sabha.

These Bills were transmitted to Rajya Sabha on August 7 and could not be taken up for consideration and as they are not likely to be returned to Lok Sabha within the period of fourteen days from the date of their receipt in Rajya Sabha, the Bills will be deemed to have been passed by both Houses at the expiration of the said period in the form in which they were was passed by Lok Sabha under clause (5) of article 109 of the Constitution.

Six Bills replacing the Ordinances, namely, the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018, the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, the National Sports University Ordinance, 2018 and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 which were promulgated by the President before Monsoon Session, were considered and passed by both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

In the Lok Sabha, one Short Duration Discussions under Rule 193 was held on recent floods and drought situation in the various parts of the country.

In the Rajya Sabha, two Short Duration Discussions under Rule 176 was held on Non-Implementation of the provisions of Andhra Pradesh Re-Organization Act, 2014 and recent increase in the Minimum Support prices for Kharif Crops and challenges in agricultural sector (inconclusive). Further, one discussion on final draft of the National Register of Citizens in Assam was also held in Rajya Sabha.

Besides, one calling attention motion on the misuse of social media platforms to spread rumours and fake news leading incidents of violence and lynching in the Country was discussed in Rajya Sabha.

Four old pending Bills were withdrawn (Three in Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha)--The National Sports University Bill, 2017; The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment)Bill, 2015; The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance, Bill,2017; and The Armed Forces Tribunal (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

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