Parliament Diary

Overview of Budget Session, 2019 of the 17th Lok Sabha

Yesterday, Lok Sabha concluded its first session of the 17th Lok Sabha. Today was the last sitting day of this Budget Session in Rajya Sabha. During the Budget Session, Lok Sabha had sittings for 37 days and Rajya Sabha had sittings for 35 days.

This session had some significant highlights such as: 

  • Lok Sabha clocked in 281 working hours, with a productivity of 135%. This is the highest number of working in Lok Sabha in the last 20 years. 
  • 36% of the questions were answered orally in Lok Sabha by ministers. This is higher than any other session in the past 20 years.
  • Lok Sabha spent 46% of its time on legislative business; Rajya Sabha spent 51%.
  • 28 Bills were introduced and passed in the same session. However, none of the new Bill were referred to committees. 
  • Seven Bills in Lok Sabha and Seven Bills in Rajya Sabha had recorded vote at some stage. 21% of the Bills passed involved recorded voting at some stage. This is higher than 16th Lok Sabha, in which, the division was called for 8% of the Bills. 
  • 20% of the demand for grants for ministeries such as road transport and highways, agriculture and farmer's welfare, railways, rural development were discussed in Lok Sabha. 
  • 94% first-term MPs participated in a debate during the session;96% women MPs participated.
  • Lok Sabha does not have a Deputy Speaker after 51 days

You can see our graphs and read our more highlights of this Budget session in our Vital Stats here.

To know about the significant legislation that was introduced and passed in this session and the Bills that are still pending in either one of the Houses, you can read our comprehensive Session Wrap document here.

Further, to know how this Budget Session of the 17th Lok Sabha performed in terms of its planned legislative agenda, you can read our summary here.

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