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15-year record unproductivity in parliament this winter session

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Winter Session 2016 has been one of the least productive sessions for both Houses in the last 15 years, with repeated disruptions on the issue of demonetisation of currency. While eight Bills were introduced in this session, only two were passed. Legislative business this session has been the lowest so far in the current Parliament (16th Lok Sabha).

You can find all details of legislative business during the session in our Session Wrap document here.



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Both Houses of Parliament saw repeated disruptions on the issue of demonetisation. While Lok Sabha lost 107 hours of scheduled time to disruptions, Rajya Sabha lost 101 hours.
As a result of repeated disruptions, only two of the 330 listed questions in Rajya Sabha could be answered orally. This has been one of the least productive Question Hour sessions for Rajya Sabha in the last three Parliaments. Previously, one of the 480 questions and none of the 420 questions were answered orally in the Winter Sessions of 2010 and 2013, respectively.
90% of planned legislative business could not be transacted; LS passed Taxation Bill without discussion.
At the beginning of the session, 19 Bills were listed for consideration and passage; none of these were passed. Out of the nine Bills listed for introduction, three were introduced. Only two Bills were passed during this Session.
This session, MPs of the opposition in Lok Sabha had requested for an Adjournment Motion to discuss the issue of demonetization of currency. However, the request was not allowed by the Speaker. 

By Trina Roy, PRS Legislative Research

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