New Delhi: Both houses
of parliament were adjourned sine die Thursday after the monsoon
session that began Aug 1, with Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Hamid
Ansari and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar regretted the loss of
working hours due to repeated disruptions.
Only three bills were introduced in the Rajya Sabha while six
others were either passed or returned to the Lok Sabha in the over
month-long session, Ansari informed the house.
He said no business was transacted on 10 days. Cumulatively, 58
scheduled working hours were lost, only 65 out of the 500
questions were answered orally and over 27 hours set aside for
discussions went unavailed.
"Only one calling attention was taken up in the session, against
the target of two per week," he said.
Expressing concern and calling for introspection, Ansari said the
members should find ways to express their concern on various
issues without "infringing the rules".
"Many matters of public importance remain unattended. This is a
sad commentary on the rights and duties of members to participate
meaningfully in the proceedings of the house," he said.
"It calls for introspection...it should not be beyond our
collective endeavour to seek ways of expressing concern without
transgressing on the rights of fellow members and without
infringing upon our own rules for conduct of business," Ansari
Meira Kumar, in her valedictory reference in the Lok Sabha, said:
"In this session, the house sat late for 18 hours and 25 minutes.
But, regrettably, we lost over 51 hours and six minutes of time
due to interruptions followed by forced adjournments."
"I am sure members are committed to check this tendency in order
to strengthen our parliamentary form of democracy," she added.
In 26 sittings spread over 104 hours and three minutes, the
government introduced 11 bills, including the Lokpal Bill, the
Land Acquisition Bill and the Nuclear Safety Bill, and passed 14