Highlights of Parliament in 2013
- In 2013, Parliament met for 63 days and was productive for 44
percent of the scheduled time. The Monsoon Session of Parliament was
extended for a week, something that has not happened in the last four
years. 2013 also saw the shortest Winter Session of 10 days.
- Fifteen Bills were passed. Key legislations included: The Criminal
Laws (Amendment) Bill, The Food Security Bill, The Land Acquisition
Bill, The Prohibition of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Bill, The
Companies Bill, The Pension Bill and The Lokpal Bill.
- Eleven Ordinances were promulgated in 2013. Four of these
Ordinances were re-promulgated when the original Ordinance lapsed
because it was not passed by Parliament. In some cases, the government
issued Ordinances having already introduced a similar Bill that was
pending in Parliament.
- Both Houses were disrupted on issues such as coal block
allocations, the draft report of the JPC on 2G, Telangana, border
security issues with Pakistan and China, and the economic situation of
the country. Budget and Winter Sessions were curtailed as Parliament
adjourned two days ahead of planned schedule.
- Question Hour continued to be a major casualty to disruptions in
2013. In Lok Sabha, only 56 out of 1100 starred questions were answered
orally in the floor of the House. In Rajya Sabha, only 77 out of 1100
starred questions were answered orally.