Budget Session of Parliament draws to a close

The Budget Session of Parliament concluded today with 89% productivity for Lok Sabha and approximately 8% for Rajya Sabha.
The session that began on January 31 saw the Interim Budget for 2019-20 being presented by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on February 1. During the brief session, four bills were passed by both the Houses of Parliament.  
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Narendra Singh Tomar, addressing the media, described the just-concluded session as successful in terms of wide participation of all political parties in discussions on various issues of national importance. 
Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel and Arjun Ram Meghwal were also present on the occasion.
During its tenure, the 16th Lok Sabha, in 331 sittings, passed 205 bills notching up productivity of 85%. The Rajya Sabha, in 329 sittings, passed 154 bills and recorded productivity of 68% during the period
This being the first session of the year, the President addressed a joint session Parliament on January 31. The Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in Lok Sabha was moved by Hukmdev Narayan Yadav and seconded by Jagdambika Pal. 
This item engaged the Lok Sabha for 11 hours 16 minutes against the allotted eight hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the debate. In the Rajya Sabha, it was moved by Bhupendra Yadav and seconded by Vijay Goel. The Motion was adopted on the concluding day of the session.
Being the Budget Session, it was mainly devoted to the transaction of financial business. The Interim Budget for 2019-20 was presented on February 1. The General Discussion on the Interim Budget engaged the Lok Sabha for 7 Hours 32 minutes against allotted 8 Hours. Due to constant interruptions in the House, the Rajya Sabha could not take up the Interim Budget for discussion.
In the Lok Sabha, the Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2019 and the Appropriation Bill relating to Third Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2018-19 were introduced, considered and passed on February 11 while the Finance Bill, 2019 was passed on February 12. In the Rajya Sabha, these Bills were returned on February 13.
During this session, a total of 9 Bills (3 in Lok Sabha and 6 in Rajya Sabha) were introduced. Five Bills each were passed by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and 4 Bills were passed by both Houses of Parliament. 
The Bills introduced and passed in the Lok Sabha were The Finance Bill, 2019, The Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2019, The Appropriation Bill, 2019, The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 and The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The Bills passed by the Rajya Sabha were The Finance Bill, 2019, The Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2019, The Appropriation Bill, 2019, The Personal Laws (Amendment), Bill, 2019 and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The Bills introduced in the Upper House were The Constitution (125th Amendment) Bill, 2019, The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2019, The Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian Bill, 2019, The International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019, The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019, The National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019, and The Personal Laws (Amendment), Bill, 2019.

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