Substantive work done, Monsoon Session successful, says govt

Kamal NathWe had a successful session and have passed about 16 Bills in Lok Sabha, says Kamal Nath. (IE Photo)

Government today described as "successful" the Monsoon Session of Parliament which saw the passage of the landmark Food Security as also the Land Acquisition Bills.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said "substantive work" was done in the month-long session which had also witnessed the passage of a key economic reform legislation, the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, which was hanging fire for nearly a decade due to political differences.

"We had a successful session and have passed about 16 Bills in Lok Sabha, besides introducing about eight Bills in Rajya Sabha," Nath said a day after Lok Sabha adjourned sine die.

Lawmakers in the lower House had rushed through legislative business, clearing four crucial Bills on a single day yesterday. "Some very heavy bills the Food Security and the Land Acquisition Bills have been passed and both Houses on several days sat till night." "So, substantive work has been done in the Monsoon Session of Parliament," he told reporters outside Parliament House.

The Minister, however, rejected suggestions that there had been a "goof-up" in the Constitution Amendment Bill regarding appointment of judges to higher courts. He said that the Constitution (120th Amendment) Bill, 2013, passed by Rajya Sabha, would come to Lok Sabha in the Winter Session of Parliament.

The first two weeks of Monsoon Session were marred by frequent disruptions over several issues, including the decision on a separate Telangana state as also the alleged land deals of Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, Chinese incursions, killing of five Indian soldiers at the LoC and the fuel price hike. The Session also saw the suspension of 12 members from Andhra Pradesh for resorting to "grave disorder". Rajya Sabha will be adjourned sine die today.

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