Parliament: Least productive Budget Session for both Houses since 2000, No confidence motion and much more!

The Budget Session of Parliament had 30 sittings which were divided into two parts; the first part consisted of 7 sittings, and the second part of 23 sittings.* This was the least productive Budget Session for both Houses since 2000. This session also witnessed notice to move a no-confidence motion against the government.

Several MPs gave notices to move a no-confidence motion against the government. However, due to disruptions,
the motion was not admitted. This was the first time a notice to move a no-confidence motion was given in the 16th
Lok Sabha. A no-confidence motion was also moved in the 15th Lok Sabha (2013) but was not discussed. In the
14th Lok Sabha, a no-confidence motion was converted to a confidence vote, which the government won.

The Finance Bill was passed in Lok Sabha in 18 minutes, without any MP participation. This was the lowest time spent on
discussing the Finance Bill since 2000. The longest time spent was 12 hours and 48 minutes in 2003.

At the beginning of the session, 32 Bills were listed for consideration and passage, and 8 were listed for introduction,
consideration and passing.Of these, the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed by Parliament and the Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill 2017 was passed by Lok Sabha, without discussion.

This session saw the lowest number of nonlegislative debates since the beginning of the 16th Lok Sabha. The issue of irregularities in the banking sector was listed for discussion. However, it was not taken up.

During the budget session, Rajya Sabha examines the functioning of various ministries. In this session, the working of four ministries: Drinking Water and Sanitation, Home Affairs, Culture, and Food Processing Industries were listed for discussion. However, none were taken up.

Source: PRS Legislative Research (Vital Stats on Budget Session 2018)

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