The productivity of the Upper House fell drastically in the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament as the Rajya Sabha Secretariat in an official notification informed that the House lost 40 out of 50 working hours during the first two weeks of the session.
” With disruptions continuing, the productivity of Rajya Sabha fell to 13.70 per cent during the second week of the ongoing monsoon session from 32.20 per cent during the first week, resulting in an overall productivity of 21.60 per cent for the first two weeks. Of the total 50 working hours available, 39 hours 52 minutes has been lost due to disruptions. The House, however, sat for 1 hour 12 minutes beyond the scheduled time, but for which the productivity would have been much lower,” read the official notification.
During the nine sittings of these first two weeks, Rajya Sabha only had 1 hour 38 minutes of Question Hour, which is primarily meant for ensuring the accountability of the executive to the Parliament; 1 hour 24 minutes for legislative business passing four Bills with seven members intervening; 1 minute of Zero Hour and another 4 minutes on Special Mentions. COVID-19 related issues were discussed for 4 hours 37 minutes during the first week and the Minister for IT made/laid a Statement on the Pegasus spyware issue during the first week.
For the first time, the Secretariat has started reporting in the daily bulletins, the business of the House that could not be taken up. During the first two weeks of the current session, 130 Zero Hour Submissions and 87 Special Mentions, through which the Members raise issues of public importance could not be taken though they were admitted by the Chairman.