Parliament completed major legislative business today. However, as seen in the previous weeks, this was done amidst disruptions and with little discussion.
In Rajya Sabha, several Members of the Opposition had walked out before the discussion and passage of the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to protest that the Bills were added to the day's agenda via the supplementary list of business. The MPs said that the short notice didn’t give them adequate time to prepare for the debate.
While passing the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 in Rajya Sabha, members demanded recorded voting to refer the Bill to the House’s Select Committee. The motion was negatived with 44 Ayes and 79 Noes. The Bill was then passed.
Three bills were also introduced in the Lower House. This included the Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021 which clarifies that state governments and union territories are empowered to prepare and maintain their own lists of Socially and Economically Backward Classes. This is on the Lok Sabha’s agenda for consideration and passing tomorrow.
Numbers to note
In the current Monsoon Session, 12 Bills have been introduced and passed in Parliament. 4 Bills pending from earlier sessions have also been passed. On average, Lok Sabha took about 10 minutes to discuss and pass a Bill and Rajya Sabha took about half-an-hour.