Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
- This year’s Winter Session’s productivity of 47.90% is the 5th-lowest among that of the 12 Sessions presided over by Chairman Naidu over the last 4 years
- A total time of 49 hours 32 minutes were lost due to disruptions and forced adjournments
- The lost time amounts to 52.08% of the available time
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday expressed his concern and unhappiness over the functioning of the Upper House of Parliament during the Winter Session that concluded today.
In his brief valedictory remarks, he urged Members of Parliament to collectively reflect and individually introspect on the way the Session has gone by.
“The Winter Session of the august House concludes today. I am not happy to share with you that House functioned much below its potential. I urged all of you to collectively and individually reflect, and introspect if this Session could have been different and better,” Naidu said in an official statement.
Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi said today that the Lok Sabha registered 82% productivity, while the Rajya Sabha witnessed 47% productivity in the Winter Session of the Parliament.
“I don’t want to speak elaborately on the course of this Session as it would lead me to take a very critical view. Statistics regarding various aspects of functioning of the House during this Session will be released for wider dissemination,” the Chairman said.
Rajya Sabha clocked a productivity of 47.90% during the 18 sittings of the Winter Session. Out of the total scheduled sitting time of 95 hours 6 minutes, the House could discharge business only for 45 hours 34 minutes.
This year’s Winter Session’s productivity of 47.90% is the 5th-lowest among that of the 12 Sessions presided over by Chairman Naidu over the last 4 years.
A total time of 49 hours 32 minutes were lost due to disruptions and forced adjournments. The lost time amounts to 52.08% of the available time.
A total of 10 Bills were passed by the House during this Session, while the discussion on the Appropriation Bill scheduled to be concluded on the last day today was not taken up.
A total time of 21 hours 7 minutes was spent on discussing the government Bills, including the Appropriation Bill, accounting for 46.50% of the functional time of the House.
Meanwhile, 127 interventions were made by the MPs in these debates.