New Delhi: In line with the ongoing trend, the week gone by in the Parliament saw high legislative productivity with some of the most crucial and politically sensitive bills getting approval of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
The development is significant because the Union Government had extended the budget session by 10 days and it was hopeful of giving a push to its legislative agenda in the extended session. The budget session of Parliament as of now has three more working days and is scheduled to end on Wednesday.
The week began with the Rajya Sabha passing the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019, which looks to prevent unregulated entities from collecting deposits and duping the poor and the gullible of their hard earned savings and save them from ponzi schemes and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) on Monday which was later passed by Lok Sabha.
Tuesday was a crucial day in the Upper House as it passed the contentious bill to ban and criminalise the practice of instant Triple Talaq. While the government is in minority, it succeed in passing the bill on the back of a disunited opposition, walk out from key political parties and absenteeism. After the passage of amendments to the Right to Information (RTI) bill last week, the National Democracy Alliance (NDA)'s ability to get the Triple Talaq passed is being seen as a key legislative victory.
The Rajya Sabha later in the week also passed the Motor Vehicles Bill and National Medical Commission bill both of which have been seen as a key policy push of the union government. The House also passed amendments to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act amidst visible protests from opposition parties.
In Lok Sabha, the productivity has been at one of the highest in the recent past and on more than one occasion in the week it passed three bills after debating on them. For instance on Thursday, Lok Sabha passed the IBC, arbitration and conciliation bill and the crucial Protection of Children from Sexual Offences or POCSO in one day.
On Friday too, Lok Sabha passed three bills including The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, Dam Safety Bill and The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill.