|The Monsoon Session of Parliament will be held from July 18 until August 10, said parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar.
The session will comprise 18 working days.
The previous Parliamentary session - the budget session in April - was mostly a washout. During that session, the Lok Sabha (LS) spent just 1% of its allotted time on legislative business even as the Rajya Sabha
(RS) spent 6%. The actual hours that the Houses sat as against those
available was 21% for the LS and 27% for the RS. In all, 250 hours were
wasted while issues like the PNB scam and alleged dilution of the SC/ST
Act couldn't come up for discussion.
According to PRS legislative research,
the last Parliamentary session was the least productive budget session
since 2000. The Upper House spent only three minutes on government bills
while it was 14 minutes for the Lower House.
though the Upper House spent 2 hours, 31 minutes discussing legislative
business, it spent only three minutes of this time on government bills.
The rest of the time was spent on private members' bills. The Lok Sabha
spent 19 minutes on legislative business, of which 14 minutes were used
up in passing two government bills. In total, while the Lok Sabha
passed five bills, the Rajya Sabha passed one. These are the fewest