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PM satisfied with Parliament monsoon session
August 25, 2006 20:03 IST
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die on Friday after a month-long Monsoon session.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed satisfaction at the business concluded during the Monsoon session of Parliament saying important bills were passed during the month-long period.
"As this session comes to an end, we can look back with some satisfaction on the work accomplished despite turbulances," he said in Rajya Sabha before the House was adjourned sine die.
He said 16 bills were approved by the Rajya Sabha besides debates on important issues despite turbulances. "So much has been accomplished," he said commending the standard of debate particularly on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.
Among the bills passed during the monsoon session, the prime minister made a mention of the legislation on food safety saying agro processing holds immense potential for growth and job creation. Singh said the House also saw a high quality debate on Office-of-Profit Bill and referred to constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to look into long-term issues on the subject.
Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat expressed disappointment at occasional discords and disturbances. "The lesson for us is to build a shared ethos of transacting business as per rules without disturbance and for this to achieve, we need a mechanism whereby we proactively engage ourselves in dialogue and discussion to speedily resolve any difference of conflict that may arise on any sensitive issue.
"I do hope senior leaders of all parties will take necessary initiative in this behalf," he said. Shekhawat expressed concern at the rise in prices and suicide by farmers in various parts of the country. He said the House was deeply concerned about the security situation in the country and mentioned deaths caused due to serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Chairman expressed satisfaction at the level of debate that took place in the House on Indo-US nuclear cooperation. Sushma Swaraj, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, lamented that Pathak Inquiry Report could not be discussed.
She attacked the HRD Minister Arjun Singh on the controversy over NCERT books. "It is unfortunate that HRD Minister was recommending those words to be taught to students," she said asking the prime minister to look into the matter.