Amid criticism of government going slow on reforms, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday expressed disappointment that only 7-8 bills could be approved so far during the current session of Parliament because of loss of time due to repeated disruptions.
"There are several important recommendations which (need) to be put into legislations. It would help us. But...we fail to transact the normal business of the House on a number of days; the legislative business cannot be done outside the House," he said, while replying to supplementaries on Benami Transactions (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
"Legislative business is to be done within the Houses — this House and the other House. Four weeks are going to be over and we could pass only 7 or 8 small legislations. If the House does not regularly function to transact the business, how can we make the laws?," he said when disrupted by the Opposition.
Both the Houses of Parliament could not transact any legislative business today on account of disruptions over the issue of appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat, leading to adjournment for the day.
During the current monsoon session of Parliament as many as 35 bills, including the Women's Reservation Bill, have been listed for consideration and passage. The session, which started on August 1, is scheduled to end on September 8.
Several Bills that seek to carry forward the economic reforms are pending in Parliament. These include Insurance Bill, LIC Amendment Bill, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill and Constitutional Amendment Bill for roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST).