Parliament adjourns sine die after the second part of Budget Session
New Delhi: Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die today. During the session, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passed several important legislations, including four bills related to Goods and Services Tax (GST) and held debates on several key subjects.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described the second part of the Budget session as productive and constructive. She said during the session, 24 bills were introduced out of which 23 were passed by the Lok Sabha. She said over eight hours were wasted due to disruptions during the session but the members sat 28 hours and 40 minutes extra to dispose of the urgent government business.
The legislations which have been passed include, four GST Bills, Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, the Specified Bank Notes( Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, the Maternity Benefit (Amendment Bill) Bill, the Enemy Property ( Amendment and Validation) Bill, the Mental Health Care Bill and the Motor Vehicles ( Amendment) Bill. The Union Budget and relevant Appropriation Bills were also given approval.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari said the Upper House passed or returned 14 bills during the session which generated lively debates. He said Union Budget 2017-18 and the working of the Railway Ministry were discussed at length. He said the issues relating to electoral reforms and Aadhaar saw animated debates in the House.
The members also asked 260 supplementaries which is about 48 per cent of the total supplementaries asked. The second part of Budget session had begun on March 9.