Winter session: In 1st week, Rajya Sabha lost over 50% of sitting time

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Winter session: In 1st week, Rajya Sabha lost over 50% of sitting time
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NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha lost more than half of its scheduled sitting time in the first week of the winter session of Parliament owing to disruptions and forced adjournments on the back of the suspension of 12 opposition MPs on the first day.

Productivity in the opening week fell to 47.7%, but covered some ground on Thrusday and Friday, when the House sat for 33 minutes beyond its scheduled time and recorded a 95% productivity. On Friday, this improved further with the House transacting 100% of its scheduled business, including the Private Members’ Business for the full scheduled time of two and half hours.

This, in fact, was a first in nearly two years and after 66 sittings. The last time the Rajya Sabha conducted the complete Private Members’ Business was on February 7, 2020 during the Budget session, in the the 251st session of the House.

Private Members’ Business was suspended in the 252nd session to accommodate other business. No business could be transacted on Fridays in the last session due to disruptions.

Making up for lost time, Rajya Sabha saw 22 Private Members’ Bills being introduced including one seeking to amend the Preamble of the Constitution, which was put on hold.

However, it remains to be seen whether the business will run as per schedule with the suspension impasse still on. Last week, Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu had discussed the matter with opposition leaders and ministers and urged both sides to discuss their stated views on suspension of the 12 opposition MPs.

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