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Winter Session of Parliament: Highlights

Winter Session of Parliament: Highlights
Highlights

Three weeks of the ongoing Winter Session have now been concluded. Productivity of Lok Sabha for the three weeks was at 99%, while for Rajya Sabha it was at 72%.

Three weeks of the ongoing Winter Session have now been concluded. Productivity of Lok Sabha for the three weeks was at 99%, while for Rajya Sabha it was at 72%.
10 Bills have been passed by both Houses, while 3 more Bills have been passed by Lok Sabha. 5 Bills have been withdrawn.
Question Hour functioned in Lok Sabha for 77% of the allotted time, while it functioned in Rajya Sabha for 32% of the allotted time. 63 questions were orally answered in Lok Sabha during the first three weeks, while 35 questions were orally answered in Rajya Sabha.
The Rajya Sabha Chairperson on 25th, 26th, 27th November and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 11th December named 25, 27, 30, 24, 35, 55, 46, 30 and 8 MPs respectively for gross disorderly conduct in violation of rules and etiquette of Rajya Sabha.

The ten Bills passed by both Houses are:
The Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by certain Establishments) Amendment Bill, 2011
The Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014
The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Bill, 2014
The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2014
The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014
The Textile Undertakings (Nationalisation) Laws (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2014
The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2013
The Merchant Shipping (Second Amendment) Bill, 2013
The School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014
he Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014
The three Bills passed by Lok Sabha are:
The Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2014
The Payment and Settlement Systems (Amendment) Bill, 2014
The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014
The five Bills withdrawn are:
The Higher Education and Research Bill, 2011
The Protection and Utilisation of Public Funded Intellectual Property Bill, 2008
The Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2000
The Delhi Hotels (Control of Accommodation) Repeal Bill, 2014
The Food Safety and Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2014
In the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, four Departmentally Related Standing Committees (DRSCs) have submitted their reports on Bills that were referred to them. These were:
The DRSC on External Affairs’ report on The Constitution (One Hundred and Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2013
The DRSC on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests’ report on The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2013
The DRSC on Health and Family Welfare’s report on the Food Safety and Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2014
The DRSC on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice’s report on the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2014.
The Rajya Sabha Select Committee also submitted its report on the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008.


Major discussions have been held in Parliament so far.
Need to expedite the process of bringing back black money stashed abroad (Lok Sabha)
Natural calamities in various parts of the country with special reference to rains and floods in Jammu and Kashmir, cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and drought in Maharashtra (Lok Sabha)
Reported dilution of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (Lok Sabha)
Situation arising due to the reported incidents of religious conversion (Lok Sabha)
Discussion on prevailing agrarian crisis in the country (Rajya Sabha)
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