Indian-Parliament
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M. Venkaiah Naidu
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
GoI

The Government of India considers the just-concluded Winter Session of Indian Parliament to be one of the most productive sessions in recent years following the passage of 17 bills in Lok Sabha (Lower House) and 11 bills in Rajya Sabha (Upper House).

Speaking about the last session of the year, India’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu noted that the introduction of the much-awaited Goods and Services Tax Bill was “the high point of our government’s initiatives and of this winter session.” GST is described as “One Nation, One Market, One Tax” by the government.

“When GST comes into being soon, (it) would be the most far reaching tax reform since Independence. GST is expected to increase GDP by about 2 per cent. This would reduce corruption and make business hassle-free,” Naidu told media persons. “The government can only make its best intentions known by introducing necessary legislative proposals and prioritising the pending legislations inherited. Thereafter, it is for Parliament to adjudicate and serve the felt needs of the country.”

Apart from the introduction of the GST Bill, the Lok Sabha passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014, the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014, and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014.

The Rajya Sabha saw the passage of fewer bills owing to a stalemate arising out of political issues. The crucial bills relating to the auctioning of coal blocks, enhancing FDI in the capital-starved insurance sector and extension of Delhi Special Provisions Act could not be passed in the Upper House.

In another sharp contrast in the functioning of the two Houses of Parliament during the initial four weeks of the Winter Session, the Lok Sabha functioned for over 126 hours during the stipulated 20 sittings with a productivity of over 105 per cent against a productivity of only 68 per cent in the Rajya Sabha. During this period the Lok Sabha passed 17 bills against only 11 by the Upper House.

Lok Sabha lost only 2 hours and 10 minutes to interruptions while Rajya Sabha lost a total time of 44 hours and 9 minutes to interruptions during 15 of the 19 sittings for which data is available. However, members of the Upper House worked overtime on seven days, making up 8 hours 46 minutes.

BILLS PASSED IN THE WINTER SESSION

No.
Bill
Lok Sabha
Rajya Sabha
1.
The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed
2.
The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Amendment Bill, 2014
Passed
3.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed
4.
Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014
Passed
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5.
The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2014
Passed
6.
The Payment and Settlement Systems (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed
7.
The Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2014
Passed
8.
The Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2014
Passed
Passed
9.
The Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed
Passed
10.
The Labour Laws (Exemption from furnishing returns and maintaining registers by certain establishments) Amendment Bill, 2014
Passed
Passed
11.
The Textile Undertakings (Nationalisation) Laws (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2014
Passed
Passed
12.
The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed
Passed
13.
The Merchant Shipping (Second Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed
Passed
14.
The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed
Passed
15.
The School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014
Passed
Passed
16.
The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed
Passed
17.
The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Bill, 2014
Passed
Passed
18.
The Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Passed during last budget session
Passed during current winter session

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