- 129% work done in Lok Sabha
- 99.80 percent work done in Rajya Sabha
- A total of 27 sittings of both the houses were held.
new Delhi: The budget session of Parliament was adjourned indefinitely on Thursday, a day ahead of its scheduled schedule and the Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar by members of the opposition on various issues even on the last day of the session. The budget session was scheduled to last till April 8. But the proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjourned sine die only ten minutes after the commencement of the sitting today. Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla gave a traditional speech. But due to uproar by opposition members in the Rajya Sabha, the traditional address of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu could not take place and he adjourned the proceedings sine die just 20 minutes after the commencement of the meeting.
The current session began on January 31 with President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of both the houses. On February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget for the financial year 2022-23. The first phase of the session lasted till 11 February. The second phase of the session started from March 14. According to the data provided by the Parliament Secretariat, 27 sittings of both the Houses of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were held during the session, in which 129 per cent business was done in the Lower House, while it was 99.80 per cent in the Upper House.
According to the data received from the Secretariat, the Lok Sabha sat for a total of 40 hours during the session and discussed important subjects, while the Rajya Sabha had 9 hours 16 minutes of extra business and members participated in the discussion by sitting for more than the stipulated hours. The time of 9 hours 26 minutes of the House was wasted due to the disruption on various issues in the Rajya Sabha. Some of the important bills passed during the session include Finance Bill 2022, Municipal Corporation of Delhi Amendment Bill 2022, Weapons of Mass Massacre and their Delivery System (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Amendment Bill, 2022 and Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022. Huh.
In his traditional address in the Lok Sabha before adjourning the session sine die, the Speaker said, “The sittings of the House lasted for about 177 hours and 50 minutes during the session. During this, 182 starred questions were answered. After the adjournment of the proceedings, leaders of other parties including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Congress in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury visited Lok Sabha Speaker Birla’s chamber. I met him. These included Samajwadi Party founder and MP Mulayam Singh Yadav, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader TR Baalu, Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. These MPs include PV Mithun Reddy of YSR Congress and NK of RSP. Premachandran et al.
Members of Shiv Sena in Rajya Sabha regarding registration of fraud case by Mumbai Police against Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kirit Somaiya and his son Neil for alleged irregularities in funds raised for rescue of aircraft carrier INS Vikrant Wanted to lift Congress members also supported Shiv Sena on this issue. The Chairman, however, did not allow the members to raise the matter. The Chairman told the agitating members that they can raise the matter wherever they want but not in the House as they have not given permission.
After this he started Zero Hour and under this asked Derek O’Brien of Trinamool Congress to raise his issue. In the midst of the uproar, Derek raised an issue of social harmony. He was just raising his issue that Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut interrupted him and said that he is raising a more important issue than that. Derek then sat down on his seat but the chairman told him that he had not given permission for the subject Raut was trying to raise. After this the members of some other opposition parties including Shiv Sena and Congress intensified the ruckus and came near the chairperson’s podium.
The Chairman told the agitating members that he could not force them to raise their issues during Zero Hour. Even then the commotion continued. On this, the Chairman said, “On the last day of the session, you want to give this message in the country, it will hurt the dignity of the House.” Some members were shouting slogans in front of the seat. The Chairman told these members that their conduct was sending a wrong message. He repeatedly urged the members to return to their respective places, not create ruckus and let the proceedings proceed.
Expressing unhappiness over the conduct of the members, Naidu said, “It is completely against the democratic spirit. It is against the rules. It is against the dignity of the House. I am very sad about this. He was asked to play the tune of ‘Vande Mataram’. Thereafter, the Chairman adjourned the meeting sine die.