Disappointed as Lok Sabha could not function, says Speaker Om Birla | India News

Disappointed as Lok Sabha could not function, says Speaker Om Birla | India News

NEW DELHI: Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday expressed disappointment as Lok Sabha could not function as per expectations during the monsoon session.
After the House was adjourned sine die (for an indefinite period), Birla addressed the media and said the members holding placards, raising slogans in the Well of Lok Sabha was not in accordance with its traditions.
Lok Sabha functioned only 21 hours during the entire Monsoon session and its productivity was at 22 per cent, Birla said.
“I tried my best to run the house smoothly and give equal opportunity to all members but the house productivity was very poor during this session unlike the previous sessions of the 17th Lok Sabha,” Birla said.
“Several rounds of meetings took place and effort was made to reach a consensus but it could not happen on several issues. We should expect that the house will be allowed to run smoothly in future as people of the country has plenty of expectations from the parliament,” Birla added.
Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, bringing an end to the stormy Monsoon session which was scheduled to conclude on August 13.
“Will call meeting of all parties to review the existing parliamentary rules. We need to review the existing rules and reframe to make them more stringent. Most of the presiding officers of the country doesn’t approve of carrying placards, trooping in the well and shouting slogans,” Birla added.
Opposition protests over the Pegasus snooping row, farm laws and other issues had continuously marred the proceedings since the start of the session on July 19.
The Question Hour witnessed disruptions on most of the days during this session, while the House managed to pass a raft of bills, including the Constitution amendment bill that will allow states to make their OBC lists.
Birla also informed that the construction of new Parliament building is expected to be completed before August 15 next year.

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