Upper house

Seven bills on Rajya Sabha’s agenda last week of budget session

The government will present seven bills to the Rajya Sabha in the last week of the budget session, three of which have already been passed by the Lok Sabha.

The Business Advisory Committee of the Upper House of Parliament has allocated 17 hours to these bills over the coming week.

The Rajya Sabha also reported 101% productivity for three weeks of the second part of the budget session which started on March 14, according to an official statement.

Bills which are proposed for consideration by the Upper House during the last week of the current session include the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Ordinance (Amendment) Bill, 2022, relating in Tripura as passed by the Lok Sabha, and the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, passed by the Lok Sabha earlier this week.

The Chartered Accountants, Cost and Works Accountants and Company Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2021, which was also passed by the Lok Sabha, will be considered by the Rajya Sabha this week.

The Uttar Pradesh Constitutional Orders (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Bill 2022, Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill 2022 and Indian Antarctica Bill 2022 will also be adopted after their adoption by the Lok sabha.

In addition, the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities Amendment) Bill 2022 will be presented for consideration and passage.

This amendment aims to prohibit the financing of such weapons while the initial bill only prohibited the manufacture of such weapons.

Rajya Sabha officials said a total time of 17 hours has been allocated for the above seven bills by the Rajya Sabha Business Advisory Committee.

The total scheduled sitting time available over the following week is 29 hours 30 minutes. Private Members’ Business is scheduled for next Friday.

During the three weeks of the second part of the session, the Rajya Sabha recorded a productivity of 101%, the officials said. In the third and final week, they said, as the House lost 54 minutes due to disruptions and forced adjournments, MPs sat overtime for 1 hour 48 minutes.