First part of the Budget Session has been highly productive

First part of the Budget Session has been highly productive: Speakar Om Birla
New Delhi, 13 February : The Budget Session of Parliament, which commenced with the Address of the President of India on 29 January ,concluded today i.e. 13 February.The overall productivity of the House remained at 99.5%.

Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla, while interacting with the media in Parliament House today, said that the Budget Session of Parliament ran smoothly and transacted important business even beyond midnight. The first part of the Budget Session, 2021 has been highly productive, the Speaker said. The Speaker thanked the Leader of the House i.e. the Prime Minister, Leaders of all political parties, Members of Parliament, media and officers and staff of the Lok Sabha Secretariat for the smooth conduct of the Lok Sabha.

Shri Birla informed that during the first part of the Budget Session 2021, Lok Sabha sat for 49 hours and 17 minutes against the stipulated time of 50 hours. The Discussion on the Motion of Thanks on President’s Address took place for 16 hours and 39 minutes and 130 Members participated in the Discussion. Lok Sabha Speaker also informed that whereas 10 hours was allocated for General Discussion on Union Budget 2021-2022, the House debated for 14 hours and 40 minutes. As many as 117 Members took part in the General Discussion on Union Budget 2021-2022. 173 Members participated in Zero Hour discussions. Several matters of urgent public importance were raised by the Members during Zero Hour.

House lost an effective time of 43 minutes due to disruptions.
49 women MPs participated in the discussion on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address and Budget. Lok Sabha Speaker appreciated the enthusiasm and participation of women MPs in House proceedings. He said, despite the House sitting late beyond midnight, a large number of women Members remained present and participated in the proceedings, raising many important issues.

Responding to questions regarding disruptions in the House, Lok Sabha Speaker said that the ultimate objective is to strengthen democracy. So, it is the responsibility of all Members to ensure that democratic and ethical standards are maintained in the House and rules are followed scrupulously. Taking this opportunity, the Speaker informed that the time lost due to disruptions has been compensated by the House by sitting beyond schedule time.