New Delhi: Parliament
was adjourned sine die Tuesday at the end of the budget session
which started March 12.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said the session had 34 sittings and
lost over 48 hours 24 minutes due to interruptions and forced
adjournments. The House sat late for 41 hours and four minutes to
compensate for the time lost.
There was a special parliament session May 13 to mark the 60th
anniversary of its first sitting in 1952.
During the budget session, 21 bills were introduced and 21 were
passed. Besides the general budget and the railway budget, some of
the important bills passed were the Judicial Standards and
Accountability Bill, 2012; the Indian Medical Council (Amendment)
Bill, 2012; the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education
(Amendment) Bill, 2012 and the Northeastern Areas (Reorganisation)
and Other Related Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2012.
Three bills - the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2012; the Anand
Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2012; and the Protection of Children
from Sexual Offences Bill, 2012 were passed on Tuesday.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari expressed happiness that the
house worked to its "optimal capacity". He, however, regretted
that some time was lost in disruptions and many questions for oral
answers could not be taken up.
"We need to introspect on the distinction between dissent,
remonstration, agitation and disruption," he said in his
The house sat for over 165 hours, during which more than 22 hours
were lost on issues like the alleged atrocities committed on
Tamils in Sri lanka, an alleged scam in the allocation of coal
blocks, allegations by army chief Gen. V.K. Singh on a bribe
offered to him and the creation of Telangana.
The house bade farewell to 58 members, including deputy chairman
K. Rahman Khan, whose term of office ended in April.
Twenty-two bills were passed or returned during the session.