The Rajya Sabha, where sessions have lately been obstructed and interrupted by the Opposition that holds the majority in the house, functioned for 99 per cent of its scheduled time so far in the ongoing Monsoon Session. The Lok Sabha scored a neat 100 per cent, says PRS Legislative Research that tracks the performance of the two houses of parliament.
While the Rajya Sabha passed the GST Bill–The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill 2014—this week, The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2016 , The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) (Amendment) Bill, 2015 were passed by both houses of Parliament.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave a statement in both the houses on his recent visit to Pakistan for the SAARC Summit. He informed the members that terrorism, narcotic drug trafficking and cybercrime were the main topics on the agenda. The minister also mentioned that he has urged SAARC members to fight terrorism globally without distinguishing between good and bad terrorism.
Singh told the MPs that he called upon the SAARC members to facilitate extradition of people accused in terrorist activities, and added that he also urged the members to approve a Drug Offenses Monitoring Desk.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Amendment Bill (private member bill) was taken up in Rajya Sabha. The Leader of the House raised objections to the bill being put to vote for passage, noting that it is a money bill. The Deputy Chairman referred this matter to the Speaker to decide if the bill be deemed as a money bill or not.
Discussion on Sustainable Development Goals was taken up in Lok Sabha.
Discussion on the bill to amend the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India was also taken up for discussion in the Lok sabha. The bill relates to constitution of District Councils and powers of the District Councils and Regional Councils.