Budget session 2018 concludes, Speaker expresses concern over productivity of the house
New Delhi, Apr 9 (KNN) The budget session for 2018 concluded recently, commenting on which, Speaker of the house Sumitra Mahajan expressed her concerns over the loss of time that happened and it impacting the productivity.
Out of the total 580 starred questions, only 17 were answered which translates into 0.58 questions answered on an average per day, the speaker informed. This was the second leg of the session that kicked off from March 5.
Mahajan further informed that the house functioned for a total of 34 hours and 5 minutes during the 29 sittings.
A total of 127 hours and 45 minutes were affected due to “interruptions and forced adjournments”. Around nine hours and 47 minutes went in to transact urgent government business, the speaker said.
Written replies for starred questions and 6,670 unstarred questions were tabled in the House. Only five bills were passed and five were introduced during the Budget Session in the Lok Sabha.
The Finance Bill 2018, the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2017 were among those bills that were passed, Mahajan informed.
With regard to the overall productivity for the complete budget session 2018, for Lok Sabha it stood at 23 per cent and for Rajya Sabha at 28 per cent. (With Inputs from a media report) (KNN/DA)