Five Bills were passed by Lok Sabha, and three by Rajya
Sabha this week. Three of these Bills now have the approval of both Houses. One
Bill was withdrawn. In all, of the 37 Bills listed in the agenda for this
Session, work on 33 is still left.
In terms of productivity, Lok Sabha worked for 86% of its
scheduled time as of Thursday, while Rajya Sabha worked for 81%. The first day
of sitting of Parliament was adjourned after obituary notices were read. Both
Houses worked over time to make up for the time lost. Lok Sabha sat for over 7
hours on two days, while Rajya Sabha sat for over 8 hours on one day.
Question Hour was a casualty to disruptions this week. Despite
the change in time of Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, it could not function for
over a few minutes on any day- only four questions could be answered as of
Thursday in the Upper House. In the Lower House, Question Hour functioned on
two days, with 11 Questions answered as of Thursday. Productivity of Question Hour was 5% in Rajya Sabha and 50% in Lok Sabha.