New Delhi: With just a week left for the conclusion of the Budget Session of Parliament, the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha has seen record productivity which could boost the legislative agenda of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The session saw the passage of key legislations, including the bill which seeks to ban the practice of instant Triple Talaq.
According to PRS legislative research, 34 bills were introduced during the session of which around 15 have been passed by Parliament and 12 bills have been passed by the Lower House where they were tabled. The maximum number of bills passed during the NDA government between 2014 and 2019 was 12. The maximum number of bills passed in a single session during the NDA government between 2014 and 2019 was 12.
During the current session, the two houses have spent the maximum time on legislative business with the Lok Sabha spending close to 81 hours, and Rajya Sabha spending 60 hours to pass bills.
The current session has been a success for the NDA, with key legislations including the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, and The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, also passing the test in Rajya Sabha where the NDA lacks majority. The alliance saw support from parties including the Biju Janata Dal and the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party in the Upper House.
The NDA extended the budget session by eight working days to focus on pending legislations. Union parliamentary affairs minister told the Lok Sabha that there were 17 bills which were yet to be considered for passage. The session which was due end to on 26 July has been extended till 7 August.
Since the session has been extended, Lok Sabha has taken up two bills for consideration and passage. The House has also done away with the Question Hour to focus on legislative business. The lower house has seen proceedings continue after 11pm on at least three working days, and did not take a lunch break on several days during the session.