05 January, New Delhi
Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die today on the last day of the winter session.
Adjourning the Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the House passed twelve bills including the historic Triple Talaq and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code during the session spread over three weeks.
She said the House lost around 15 hours due to frequent disruptions. However, it sat extra time to complete the listed business.
In his valedictory remarks, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the House could have done better though it transacted some important business.
He said it is unfortunate that despite discharging its responsibilities to a great extent, the House ended up losing some degree of the esteem of the people on account of disruptions.
He said it is an opportunity for everyone to review, recall and introspect on the proceedings conducted in the House. He said the Upper House has lost 34 hours of valuable time as against 41 hours of business transacted.
Later, briefing reporters, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar termed the Winter Session as very productive. However, he accused the Congress of adopting double standards on Triple Talaq Bill saying the opposition had supported the bill in the Lok Sabha but it opposed in the Rajya Sabha.
He hoped the Bill will be passed in the forthcoming Budget Session.