New Delhi, Dec 16: Lok Sabha was adjourned sine dine on Friday and it was for the first time during winter session that the house adjourned without any uproar.
After a brief discussion, the Lok Sabha passed by voice vote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014, which makes accessibility a mandatory requirement.
The bill, which replaces the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, has been brought in to comply with the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which India signed in 2007.
This was the second bill to be passed by Lok Sabha in this session and the only one which was debated by birth government and opposition members.
A quick discussion was held for the supplementary demands for grants. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan informed the house that Lok Sabha functioned for only 19 hours in 21 sittings.
“It was not even 21 hours,” the Speaker said.
She said 91 hours, 59 minutes were wasted due to disruptions. To this, she said that “This is not good for is, it maligns our image in the public.”
“I hope there will be no disruptions on coming sessions, and we will function is a better way,” she added seeking cooperation from all parties.