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New Delhi, Aug 11 : Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday expressed anguish over the disruptions in the Monsoon Session and said the House functioned only for 20 hours, 14 minutes out of scheduled 96 hours.
The Speaker also said construction of the new Parliament building is likely to be completed before August 15 next year.
As the session was adjourned sine die two days ahead of schedule amid continuing protests, he said the productivity of Lok Sabha was only 22 per cent. The House passed 20 bills.
“The House could not function as per our expectations, I am deeply anguished by that. The stalemate continued, and could not be resolved,” Birla said.
As the House witnessed protests, sloganeering and placards, he stressed that it was against the traditions of Parliament, and MPs should maintain the dignity of the House.
Apart from The Constitution (One Hundred Twenty Seventh) Amendment Bill, which restores the power of the states to have their own OBC lists, all other bills were passed amidst din.
Taxation Laws Amendment Bill to nullify retrospective tax, Tribunal Reforms Bill to abolish nine appellate tribunals, The Essential Defence Services Bill which bars employees of ordnance factories to go on strike were among the bills passed.
Asked about the new Parliament building under construction, the Speaker said it would be complete by next year.
“The building will be ready before 15 August, 2022. We are looking forward to celebrating the next Independence Day in the new Parliament building,” he said.