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PM Modi makes farewell speech for 53 retiring Rajya Sabha MPs

india Updated: May 13, 2016 11:33 IST
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PM Modi making farewell speech for retiring MPs in Rajya Sabha on May 13, 2016. (ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a farewell speech for retiring MPs in Rajya Sabha. Over the next two months, 53 members will retire.

The Upper House will be adjourned sine die on Friday after customary farewell speeches by members who will retire in the next two months.

The Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes to the retiring members, noting their contribution to parliamentary proceedings.

However, he wished that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill had been passed during their tenure in the Upper House.

On Thursday, the House was adjourned for the day as a mark of respect for sitting Congress member from Gujarat Praveen Rashtrapal who passed away earlier in the day.

During the budget session, the productivity of the question hour, in terms of questions answered orally has been the highest in 15 years, according to PRS Legislative Research.

The second budget session of Parliament proved to be one of the most effective despite the shadow cast by political bickering over the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand and the AgustaWestland chopper deal.

The political temper, however, didn’t come in the way of the passage of key legislations, such as the insolvency and bankruptcy bill and the anti-hijacking bill, pending before Parliament for a long time.

The Lower House passed six bills apart from the financial business while the Rajya Sabha managed to clear nine. Altogether, five bills were cleared by Parliament during the session which started from April 25.

The Lok Sabha, which was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, utilised 119% of its time -- working overtime to transact business. The Rajya Sabha, a vibrant battleground of the government and the Opposition, witnessed repeated disruptions but managed to work for 80% of its allotted time.