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Parliamentarians Record 99% Productivity by Doing Extra Time, Session to Reconvene on March 8

File photo of Parliament.

File photo of Parliament.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla announced that the Lower House utilised 99.5% of its time by sitting for longer hours after four consecutive days.

With a whopping 99 per cent productivity, the Rajya Sabha proceedings ended on Friday, while the Lok Sabha sat on Saturday morning to complete the discussion on the Union Budget.

Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said that the Upper House clocked 99 per cent productivity with a net time loss of only 30 minutes due to disruptions. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla announced that the Lower House utilised 99.5% of its time by sitting for longer hours after four consecutive days were washed out over demand for an exclusive debate on three farm laws.

The Lower House was adjourned on Saturday ending the first phase of the Budget Session which witnessed 13 privilege notices filed by MPs. The Parliament will reconvene on March 8.

In this session, Parliament cleared two bills- The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021- during the brief first half that was cut short by two days from its original schedule.

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“We still have to go for the second part. I only appeal to the Members not to miss any Standing Committee meeting. Please see to it that you attend all the Standing Committee meetings and make contributions also,” Naidu said.

Birla, in his speech, said: “49 women MPs participated in the vote of thanks on the President’s address and discussion on the budget”.

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first published:February 14, 2021, 09:32 IST