Center hits back at opposition on allegations of ‘without discussion’, UPA passed 1 bill every 4 minutes


The central government took a dig at the opposition parties protesting on the streets of Delhi, alleging that anarchy has always been their agenda. Talking to the media on Thursday, Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Prahlad Joshi and Anurag Thakur said that despite all the disruptions, the number of bills passed every day in the Rajya Sabha during this session is higher than in 2014. After that was the second highest.

The ministers said there was a loss of 76 Ghante 26 minutes due to the disruption and postponement till 11 August. It was an average of 4 hours 30 minutes on a daily basis. He said 22 Bills were passed in both the Houses despite the disruptions. In which many important bills were also included. The ministers said this reflects the commitment, productivity and capability of the central government to drive the legislative agenda in Parliament, which aims at meeting the aspirations of its citizens.


18 bills were passed in haste

Of these bills, 19 were passed in the Rajya Sabha, including the important Constitutional Amendment Bill on OBC reservation. The ministers further said that all these bills are in the national interest and will benefit the poor, OBCs, workers, entrepreneurs and all sections of the society. He also took a dig at the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, which was in power from 2004 to 2014, saying it then passed 18 bills in haste. This was in response to the opposition’s allegation that the government was passing bills without any discussion.

17 bills were passed in 72 minutes

In a release issued after the press conference of the ministers, the government referred to the bills which were passed by the governments before this government at the Centre. These bills also include the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, which was passed in just three minutes in 2006. The Center said that on an average, the UPA government passed 17 bills in 72 minutes, or about one bill every four minutes.


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