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Budget session concludes, Lok Sabha registers 114% productivity | India News


NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha was suspended sine die Thursday, ending a nearly two-month budget session that posted 114 percent productivity.
The session began on January 29 and was originally scheduled to end on April 8, but several members had urged President Om Birla to end it early so they can focus on election campaigns in four states and Puducherry.
President Birla had recently tested positive for Covid-19 and did not attend the House in the last week of the session.
Birla in a tweet also thanked the good conduct of the session, including the presidents of the panels, all parties, ministers and others.
“Several important bills were also passed during the session. I was unable to be present in the House during the last days of the session due to health reasons. During that time, the Panel of Presidents conducted deliberations smoothly. Members they also fully contributed to it. Thank you all for this, “he said.
In his remarks before suspending the sine die (indefinite period) procedure, Bhartruhari Mehtab, who was in the presidency, wished Birla a speedy recovery and informed members that the President was stable.
In Birla’s absence, a panel of presidents, which included Mehtab, Rajendra Agrawal, Rama Devi, Meenakashi Lekhi and Midun Reddy, presided over the deliberations.
The panel of presidents is generally composed of 10 members of the House who assist the president in the proceedings.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several cabinet ministers and the leader of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, were present in the Chamber.
The first part of the budget session began on January 29 with the president’s speech at the joint session of both houses of Parliament. The speech was boycotted by more than 20 opposition parties, including Congress, in support of the demand of farmers protesting the repeal of the three agricultural laws.
The Union budget was presented on February 1.
Thereafter, House proceedings were interrupted for four consecutive days due to the opposition’s demand for a separate debate on agricultural issues.
To make up for lost time from the session, the House sat until midnight for several days.
The second part of the budget session that began on March 8 also saw repeated postponements of House proceedings during the first days, as the opposition protested the increase in fuel prices.
The Budgeting session is generally divided into two parts. The recess period allows the various standing committees related to the department to review grant requests from various ministries.
The government’s main focus in the second part of the session was to get the various grant demands approved for the year 2021-22 along with the Finance Bill that includes various tax proposals.
The House also gave its go-ahead to the Delhi National Capital Territory Government (Amendment) Bill 2021 giving primacy to the Lieutenant Governor in Delhi.
During the debate, while the opposition called the bill “unconstitutional”, the BJP said its aim was to correct mismanagement in Delhi.
The insurance bill (amendment) that increases the limit on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the insurance sector from 49 percent to 74 percent was approved in the Chamber.
The Lower House also approved Bill 2021 of the National Bank for the Financing of Infrastructure and Development (NaBFID) to pave the way for the creation of a government-owned Development Financing Institution (DFI) to finance projects of infrastructure.
In the last session of Monzón and until the first part of the Budget session, the two Houses met in turns to guarantee distancing rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
While Rajya Sabha was meeting in the first half, Lok Sabha was sitting in the second half.
But as of March 9, the second day of the second phase of the budget session, the two Houses resumed their normal meeting hours at 11 am.
In his remarks before adjourning the session, Mahtab said that despite the interruptions, Lok Sabha’s productivity during the Budget session was 114 percent and members also addressed important issues by sitting down until midnight on several occasions.
A total of 146 members participated in the discussion on the Union Budget for 14 hours and 42 minutes, he said.

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