Lok Sabha adjourned sine die; 74 per cent productivity recorded

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha, which was adjourned sine die a day ahead of schedule on Thursday, recorded 74 per cent productivity in the Winter Session of Parliament, Speaker Om Birla said.

Birla in his concluding remarks said that the House held 14 sittings and worked for 61 hours and 50 minutes.

He said that a total of 18 bills, including Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita 2023, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha (Second) Sanhita and Bharatiya Sakshya (Second) Sanhita – to replace the IPC, CrPC and the Indian Evidence Act, were passed in the Lok Sabha.

The bills that were passed in the Lok Sabha also include the Central Goods and Services Tax (Second Amendment) Bill, 2023, and the Telecommunications Bill, 2023.

Birla mentioned that 55-starred questions were answered orally during the Session.

“A total number of 265 matters were taken up under Rule 377,” he added.

The speaker brought to the attention of the House that the department-related Standing Committees of the Lok Sabha presented 35 reports.

During the session, 33 statements were made under Direction 73A and a total number of 34 statements, including three statements given by the minister of parliamentary affairs in connection with parliamentary business, were made.

As many as 1,930 papers were laid on the Table of the House, the speaker informed.

Highlights:  During the Winter session, 100 MPs were suspended from the Lower House, including three on Thursday,

The opposition had been demanding a statement in the House from Home Minister Amit Shah for the security breach on December 13.

In a major security breach on the anniversary of the 2001 Parliament terror attack, two persons jumped into the Lok Sabha chamber from the public gallery during Zero Hour, released yellow smoke from canisters and shouted slogans before being overpowered by some MPs.

The Lok Sabha passed three key bills to replace the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Indian Evidence Act.

The House also cleared a bill to establish a mechanism for the appointment of chief election commissioner an election commissioners cepting the recommendation of the House ethics committee which found her guilty of asking questions in Parliament in return of cash and gifts.

Moitra had dubbed the action against her as the ruling of a “kangaroo court”.

The Winter session began on December 4 and was scheduled to conclude on December 22. The House was adjourned sine die (indefinitely) a day ahead on Thursday.