After an all party meet, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ananth Kumar on Friday said that the Monsoon session of Parliament was ‘good’, a Lok Sabha passed 15 bills while Rajya Sabha passed 14. Leaving aside the bitterness, the government and the opposition party ensured one of the most productive sessions in the recent past. The productivity percentage one day before the last day of the session for the Lok Sabha was nearly 100 while that of the Rajya Sabha was almost 99 percent. “Overall, it has been a good session, PTI reported. We had smooth sail in both houses and credit for this should go to the members,” Ananth Kumar had said.
The major highlight of the session was the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST), which was hailed as one of the biggest tax reforms in India since Independence. The Constitution amendment bill on GST was passed by the upper house on August 3, then the lower house gave a nod. The Lok Sabha also passed important legislations like Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill and The Dentists (Amendment) Bill which will replace the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) ordinances. Apart from that it also passed the Loss and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, Enforcement of Security, Interest, Recovery of Debts Bill and the relevant Appropriation Bill. Discussions were held on Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana as well.
On the other hand the Rajya Sabha also passed bills, which were already passed by Lok Sabha, like Benami Transactions (Prohibition) (Amendment) Bill, Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, National Institutes of Technology, and the Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill and the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill. It also took up an important debate on price rise in the form of a general discussion under Rule 193.