LS Speaker Mahajan gives emotional farewell to 16th Lok Sabha

LS Speaker Mahajan gives emotional farewell to 16th Lok Sabha

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New Delhi, Feb 13 : The 16th Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan getting emotional in her valedictory speech in which she thanked all members for their support in the functioning of the House in last five years.

In her valedictory address to the House on the last working day of the Budget session, Ms Mahajan said there were many historic moments in the 16th Lok Sabha tenure. Ms Mahajan also remembered former members of the House including Atal Bihari Vajpayee and George Fernandes.

The Speaker said 16th Lok Sabha was constituted on May 18, 2014 and the first sitting of the 16th Lok Sabha was held on June 4, 2014. 'Till date, 331 sittings have been held,' she said.

The Speaker said during the 16th Lok Sabha, 219 Bills were introduced. Ms Mahajan also mentioned some of the key legislation which were passed during the tenure of 16th Lok Sabha including - The Black Money (undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Bill, 2015 and The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.

She thanked Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and panel of chairpersons in the functioning of the House. The Speaker also said the discussion on the no-confidence motion against the government in July was held for 11 hours in the House.

Ms Mahajan said efforts have been made to make the Lok Sabha Secretariat paperless and for that purpose an e-portal has been started.

The Speaker said the Parliament library has been fully digitized.

Ms Mahajan said she feels honoured that Atal Bihari Vajpayee's portrait was unveiled in the House on February 12 during her tenure. The Speaker also referred about Samajwadi member Mulayam Singh for his 'aashirvad (blessings)" for all the members.

Ms Mahajan is the second woman Lok Sabha Speaker after her immediate predecessor Meira Kumar. The 76-year-old seasoned parliamentarian has been elected to the Lower House for the eight time from Indore.

She also holds the distinction of being the longest serving woman lawmaker in the Lower House of Parliament. UNI