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5 bills passed by Lok Sabha this week: CBI, Labour, Apprentices amendments, universities, caste lists

Five Bills were passed by Lok Sabha, and three by Rajya Sabha this week. Three of these Bills now have the approval of both Houses. One Bill was withdrawn. In all, of the 37 Bills listed in the agenda for this Session, work on 33 is still left.

In terms of productivity, Lok Sabha worked for 86% of its scheduled time as of Thursday, while Rajya Sabha worked for 81%. The first day of sitting of Parliament was adjourned after obituary notices were read. Both Houses worked over time to make up for the time lost. Lok Sabha sat for over 7 hours on two days, while Rajya Sabha sat for over 8 hours on one day.

Question Hour was a casualty to disruptions this week. Despite the change in time of Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, it could not function for over a few minutes on any day- only four questions could be answered as of Thursday in the Upper House. In the Lower House, Question Hour functioned on two days, with 11 Questions answered as of Thursday. Productivity of Question Hour was 5% in Rajya Sabha and 50% in Lok Sabha.

The following Bills were passed this week:

The Higher Education and Research Bill, 2011 was withdrawn from Parliament on November 25.

Both Houses also extensively discussed the need to expedite the process of bringing back black money stashed abroad. The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley replied to the debate and gave account of the steps taken by the government to address the issue. Several parties stated that they were not satisfied by the Minister’s answer and walked out of Parliament.

In other happenings in Parliament this week, the Rajya Sabha Select Committee on the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2014, asked for an extension to present the report. The report of the Select Committee is now due in the second week of December.

By Shreya Singh at PRS Legislative Research

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