Winter Session of Parliament Concludes: Complete Coverage, 5 Bills Passed

The Winter Session of Parliament ended on January 9 shortly after the Rajya Sabha passed The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Upper House had been extended by a day to help pass the constitutional amendment bill. The Lok Sabha ended on January 8, after clearing the same bill. Productivity of the Lok Sabha was 46 percent while that of the Rajya Sabha was 18 percent, according to data from PRS Legislative Research (PRS).

As many as 17 bills were introduced in Parliament. The total time spent on discussing the Triple Talaq Bill and the quota bill by both Houses was more than four hours and 50 minutes each. As many as five bills were passed by Parliament. These were:

1. The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019: Parliament has passed the Constitution 124th (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it. The legislation provides for 10% reservation in government jobs and admission in educational institutions to economically backward people among upper castes. During division on the bill in the Rajya Sabha, 165 members voted in favour of it while seven members voted against.

2. The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill 2017: The Bill seeks to amend the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Act, 1993.

3. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017: Lok Sabha has passed The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017 to abolish the ‘no detention policy’ in schools. The Bill amends the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The Act was having provision of no detention policy i.e. no child can be held back in any class until completion of elementary school (classes 1-8). 

4. The Appropriation (No. 6) Bill, 2018. 

5. The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018.


The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018, The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018, The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 were passed by the Lok Sabha. As many as 74 bills remained pending at the end of the session.

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