The Upper House proceedings on Friday were adjourned sine die. The monsoon session of the Rajya Sabha turned out to be productive. The chairmen of Rajya Sabha Mohammad Hamid Ansari termed the session as highly productive.
Ansari told the members of Rajya Sabha to self-observe and introspect regarding interruptions which ruined some sessions but he was satisfied with the work and decisions of the house.
“I am glad to say the session was highly productive. There were debates of national concern and discussions on many subjects,” Ansari said in his farewell remarks.
“Various procedural devises were effectively used to raise issues, reflect public sentiments and legislate through constructive debates,” he said.
The Chairman told that the Upper House had 20 sittings during which it worked more than 112 hours.
Ansari also stated that 300 starred questions were raised and 333 supplementary questions were taken up. He called it an “interesting facet”.
“It is heartening to know that almost all parties got opportunities to raise supplementary and participate in the question hour,” he narrated.
The session saw 120 zero hour submissions, of which 21 were instantly responded to by ministers, and 91 special mentions. While 300 starred questions were raised, 333 supplementary were also taken up.
“It is very heartening to note that almost all parties got opportunities to raise supplementary and participate in Question Hour,” he said.
The Upper House passed 14 bills which included the GST bill, a bill for compensatory afforestation fund and to extend maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks. The Rajya Sabha also passed resolution on peace in the Kashmir Valley.
Rajya Sabha also took time to discuss and debate about the problems in the country, discussing and debating on the issues like atrocities on dalits, price rise, and status of implementation of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, role of Governors following the developments that took place in Uttrakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, and Draft Education Policy.