Monsoon Session 2022

Monsoon Session 2022

The Monsoon Session of the Parliament of 2022, which started on Monday, July 18, 2022, was postponed sine die on Monday, August 8, 2022. There were 16 sittings held during the session, which lasted 22 days.

The session, which was supposed to last 18 sittings from July 18 to August 12, was shortened due to the need to finish important government business and member demand because of two upcoming gazetted holidays and parliamentary vacations.

Six bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha during the session. The Lok Sabha passed seven bills, and the Rajya Sabha approved five. One Bill was withdrawn with Lok Sabha’s permission. Five bills were passed by the Parliament’s two houses in total during the session.

  • Bills That Were Introduced in The Lok Sabha

Family Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2022 Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2022 Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (Amendment) Bill, 2022 Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022 Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022

  • Bills that were approved by the Lok Sabha include: 

The Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022; the Family Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2022; the National Anti-Doping Bill, 2021; the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021; the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2022; the Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022; and the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

  • The following is a list of some of the more significant bills that were approved by both Houses during the Session:
  1. The purpose of the Family Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2022 is to amend the parent Act in order to provide for the establishment of Family Courts in the State of Himachal Pradesh with effect from the 15th of February, 2019 and in the State of Nagaland with effect from the 12th of September, 2008; and for the insertion of a new section 3A to retrospectively validate all actions under the parent Act taken by the State Governments of Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland.
  2. The weapons of mass destruction and the delivery systems used to deploy them (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) The purpose of the Amendment Bill, 2022 is, among other things, to: (a) prohibit the financing of any activity relating to weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems; (b) empower the Central Government to: I freeze, seize, or attach funds or other financial assets or economic resources in order to prevent such financing; (ii) prohibit the making available of funds, financial assets, or economic resources for any prohibited activity relating to weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems.
  3. To give effect to the Antarctic Treaty, the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, and the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, as well as for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto, the Indian Antarctica Bill, 2022 provides for the national measures for protecting the Antarctic environment and dependent and associated ecosystems. Additionally, the bill addresses any other matters that are connected therewith or incidental thereto.
  4. To give effect to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization International Convention against doping in sport, and to ensure compliance with such other obligations and commitments thereunder, as well as for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto, the National Anti-Doping Bill, 2021 provides for the constitution of the National Anti-Doping Agency for the purpose of regulating anti-doping activities in sports. Additionally, the bill provides for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
  5. The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2022 seeks to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009 in order to, among other things, make it possible for Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya to be established as a body corporate. This bill is part of a larger effort to reform the country’s higher education system.

At the request of the Joint Committee, the Personal Data Protection Bill 2021 was withdrawn from consideration in the Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha: The session of the 17th Lok Sabha was the second least fruitful one to date in terms of overall productivity. 48 percent of the allotted sitting time was actually used by the House of Representatives. It was active for a total of 44 hours and 29 minutes and managed to get seven bills passed. In terms of the amount of work that was accomplished, the Monsoon Session of 2021 was the worst ever recorded. Despite only meeting for 21% of the total time allotted, the session was successful in passing 22 bills.

Rajya Sabha: Over the course of the last few years, the Rajya Sabha has experienced a steady decline in the amount of work that it gets done. During this session, the Upper House met for a total of 38 hours, but 47 hours were wasted due to various disruptions. The productivity of the House was 44%, and five bills were ultimately passed during that time. When compared to the sessions that came before, both of these parameters showed a declining trend. The Upper House’s performance was at its lowest point during the 2021 Monsoon Session when it reported a productivity level of 29%. This was by far its worst performance.

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 The Centre’s goal for the Monsoon Session was to introduce 24 new bills and move 14 pending ones, but in the end, only a total of six new bills were introduced, and only five of them were passed.

Why was the meeting terminated early?

Due to Muharram (August 9) and Raksha Bandhan (August 12), which fell on non-working days, the Monsoon session—which was supposed to last until that date—was adjourned two working days before the deadline (August 11). The Session, which was originally planned to have 18 sittings from July 18 to August 12, was shortened due to the completion of crucial government business and member demand because of two gazetted items and upcoming legislative holidays, according to a statement from the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

According to government sources, the members wanted to visit their constituencies for upcoming festivals, so they supported the session’s earlier conclusion.

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