Parliament Highlights: Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Deliberations
In a recent session of the Indian Parliament, significant discussions and legislative actions took center stage, highlighting key aspects of the country’s governance and policy landscape.
The Lok Sabha engaged in a detailed discourse on the ‘White Paper on Indian Economy,’ a pivotal presentation by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This comprehensive document not only elucidated the economic challenges encountered during the UPA era but also underscored the concerted efforts undertaken over the past decade of the Modi government to rectify these issues. Following a thorough discussion, Finance Minister Sitharaman provided her insights, further enriching the discourse.
Moreover, motions aimed at disapproving the tabling of the white paper, championed by MPs N.K Premachandran and Sougata Ray, were subjected to a voice vote and subsequently rejected, signifying the endorsement of the paper’s significance and relevance by the Lok Sabha.
Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha passed the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill, 2024, underscoring the government’s commitment to ensuring the integrity and fairness of academic assessments. Additionally, the House deliberated on and successfully passed three crucial bills concerning Jammu and Kashmir’s reservation policies. These bills encompassed amendments to local bodies laws, scheduled castes order, and scheduled tribes order, all aimed at fostering inclusivity and equitable representation in the region.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh further advanced the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill, 2024, previously endorsed by the Lok Sabha, further solidifying the legislative agenda.
In a poignant moment, the Rajya Sabha bid farewell to 68 retiring MPs, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi extending heartfelt appreciation to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his exemplary leadership both within the House and the nation at large. As a culmination of their legislative duties, the Upper House returned the Finance Bill 2024 and relevant appropriation bills to the Lok Sabha, effectively completing the passage of the interim Budget for 2024-25.
Simultaneously, the Lower House accorded its approval to three additional bills, further enriching the legislative landscape of the nation.
The recent proceedings in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha underscore the vibrant democratic ethos of India, wherein rigorous debates, legislative actions, and expressions of gratitude converge to shape the nation’s governance and trajectory.