Short monsoon session ends, govt claims 80% productivity

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Ministers laid 1270 statements during the session, while members also introduced 28 Private Members Bills in the House.

During the monsoon session, the House passed nine government Bills including the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill; the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill; the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill; and the National Institutes of Technology and Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill. She said 29.58 hours were wasted due to disruptions, but the House tried to compensate it by sitting for 10.36 extra hours. The Lok Sabha recorded a productivity of 77.94 per cent and the Rajya Sabha recorded a productivity of 79.95 per cent.

The House also sat till late for more than seven hours to make up for the time lost in disruptions (about 25 hours) and complete the legislative business.

Heated debate and verbal duels were witnessed between the opposition and treasury benches during the session on vital issues like cow-lynching and mob-violence, agrarian crisis and the attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat allegedly by BJP workers.

The bills passed during the session include The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, and The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill.

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A special discussion was also held on 75th Anniversary on the Quit India Movement.

These Bills were sent to the Rajya Sabha on August 2, but could not be taken up for consideration but were not returned to the Lok Sabha.

The House made references to the passing away of sitting members Anil Madhav Dave and Palvai Govardhan Reddy, besides 11 former members of the Rajya Sabha.

The session saw six Congress MPs getting suspended for five days for hurling papers at the Chair, termed as "highly unbecoming" behaviour.

The session also saw External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speak on the stand-off with China along the country's border in Sikkim, as the upper house took up a discussion on India's foreign policy.

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