New Delhi: Twenty percent of the demands were discussed while the rest of the Budget was guillotined in the recently concluded Parliament session, according to an analysis by PRS Legislative Research.

The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha saw high productivity in the number of bills passed and also the number of hours the two houses of Parliament sat for.

According to the analysis of the session, of the Bills passed, 23 were not examined by any parliamentary committee; the other five had been scrutinised in earlier avatars by the last Parliament. 25 Bills were discussed within five working days of their being introduced including the ones related to reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir which Lok Sabha Members saw only after the day’s sitting had started. The other bills include the Companies Amendment Bill, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Amendment, the RTI Amendment and the National Investigation Agency Amendment.

"In the Budget Session, demand for grants of the ministries of (i) road transport and highways, (ii) agriculture and farmers’ welfare, (iii) rural development, (iv) youth affairs and sports, and (v) railways were listed for discussion in Lok Sabha. All these demands were taken up for discussion by Lok Sabha," the analysis said.

"These demands form 20% of the voted demand for grants (excluding railways). On an average, 13% of the voted demand for grants have been discussed by Lok Sabha since 2004-05 (excluding railways)," it added.

In Rajya Sabha, four ministries were listed for discussion. However, the house took up discussion on just one.

Both the houses of Parliament passed 28 bills in this session. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman also presented her first budget.

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