From a disruptive session earlier this year, the Rajya Sabha has clocked one of the most productive sessions in the last two decades, House chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday.
The House, where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Centre is in minority, saw 32 bills being cleared over 35 sittings, which Naidu claimed, was the “best in the last 17 years.”
With major bills such as the Triple Talaq bill, the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) bill, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, the RTI (Amendment) Bill, the Consumer Protection bill, the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill and the National Medical Commission bill being passed by the Upper House during the budget session, Naidu lauded the house stating, “This August House turned most purposeful and productive, with productivity of the house at 104.92% – the best in the last five years since 2014.”
The Rajya Sabha, on Wednesday, was adjourned sine die, with chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu paying a heartfelt tribute to former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away late Tuesday night after suffering a heart attack.
In Venkaiah Naidu’s closing speech following the 248th session of the Rajya Sabha, he said, “Since June, 2014, the Rajya Sabha held 18 sessions and 329 sittings till today and passed only 154 bills. This comes to less than a bill in two sittings. The bills passed during this period is 34 lesser than the 188 bills passed during 2009-14 and an astonishing 58 bills lesser than the 251 bills passed by this House during 2004-09.”
While the previous session of the Rajya Sabha was peppered with repeated disruptions and Opposition parties staging walk-outs, Naidu said this session had witnessed a break from “the disruptive past,” with all members of the House “scripting this change.”
The Upper House recorded 39 debates on legislative proposals on issues of public importance, short duration discussions, and one half-an-hour discussion – with “most of these debates of good quality with all sides presenting their view and perspective.”
The House will now resume in November for the Winter session.