Both houses of Parliament stare at least productive session in 6 years

Demonetisation of Rs 500, and Rs, 1000 notes weighed heavily on the month-long Winter Session of Parliament in 2016.

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 03:25 AM IST
Both houses of Parliament stare at least productive session in 6 years

 New Delhi: Demonetisation of Rs 500, and Rs, 1000 notes weighed heavily on the month-long Winter Session of Parliament in 2016.

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha continued in perpetual deadlock since the start of the session on November 16 over the manner in which note ban should be discussed in the House, and the Opposition demanding PM Modi's to speak on the issue in the Parliament.

The session is a more or less a washout, Both houses have lost more than 80% of its time following a deadlock between the Opposition and the government over the rule under which they should discuss the hardships faced by people following demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

AgustaWestland scam, farm loan waiver to farmers affected by vagaries of weather were some of the other issues that added to the conundrum in the Parliament.

If the Opposition held the government on ransom on demonetisation, the BJP also disrupted the proceeding and sought to know who was behind the AgustaWestland chopper scam. UPA regime had allegedly received money in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal. The only time truce seemed between the Opposition and government was over the passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014. This was the first legislative business in the winter session cleared by Parliament