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Parliament winter session ends on high

Posted on Dec 21, 10:10AM | IBNS

The Indian parliament on Thursday was adjourned sine die at the end of the winter session which started on Nov 22, as it managed to pass several crucial bills despite disruptions on several occasions.

The winter session of the parliament was the most productive session of the parliament in two years, media reports said, even though action was seen on only one-fifth of the around 35 bills that were to be introduced or passed in this session.

Legislation long-awaited by the business community such as the Companies Bill, Banking Amendments Bill and Quota in Promotions Bill were passed by the Rajya Sabha in the session.

The victory of the government in the vote on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail was the highlight of the session as it bolstered confidence in Asia's third largest economy.

However, critical bills such as ones on land, insurance and pension once again failed to be introduced in the Parliament.

The Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha lost around 106 hours in all due to disruptions, most prominently during the debate on multi-brand retail FDI and the quota bill.