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RS passed 3,817 Bills, amended 120 Bills since 1952
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RS passed 3,817 Bills, amended 120 Bills since 1952

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New Delhi, Nov 18: As many as 3,817 Bills have been passed, 120 Bills were amended and five Bills passed by Lok Sabha rejected by Rajya Sabha since its inception in 1952.

According to statistical analysis, till the end of the last and the 249th session, 60 Bills had lapsed due to dissolution of the Lok Sabha at various points of time while 63 Bills were deemed to have been passed by the Upper House and two Bills cleared by it are still to be taken up in Lok Sabha. In effect, a total of 3,818 Acts of Parliament have been made since the first general elections in 1952. These and other interesting facts have emerged from the first-ever effort by the Rajya Sabha secretariat to quantify and analyse the legislative work done by the Upper House since it came into being.

A wide range of such statistical summary and other details on various aspects of the functioning of the House are contained in a publication “Rajya Sabha: The Journey since 1952” released by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu at a meeting of leaders of various parties and groups here on Sunday. Mr Naidu convened the meeting to seek cooperation of the parties for smooth functioning of the landmark 250th session of Rajya Sabha beginning tomorrow.

The 118 page publication with 29 chapters is a ready reckoner with interesting statistics, details of the first moves and some unique events besides details of major Bills passed by the Rajya Sabha in respect of social change, economic transformation, industrial development, health, education, agriculture, environment, national security and the objectives of 103 Constitution amendments so far made.

A glimpse of the content relating to the journey of Rajya Sabha during the last 67 years since it’s first sitting on 13.5.1952 shows that the House has had a total of 2,282 members so far, of whom 208 were women members and 137 nominated. Women members doubled from 15 in 1952 to 31 in 2014.

Total members of Rajya Sabha so far including those with more than one term is 2,282 including 208 women and 137 nominated members. Dr.Mahendra Prasad is serving the highest number of 7th term followed by Dr.Manmohan Singh serving 6th term. Dr.Najma Heptulla and late Shri Ram Jethmalani are the other two with six terms each. Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Shri A.K.Antony, Shri Ahmed Patel and Smt.Ambika Soni are into their fifth term while Shri Pranab Mukherjee, late Shri Bhupesh Gupta, Shri Sitaram Kesri, Ms.Sajor Khaparde, Shri B.V.Abdulla Koya were among the 11 members with five terms in the Upper House. Rajya Sabha Chairman Shri Naidu is among the 45 members with four terms each.

The Indian Tariff (Second Amendment) Bill was the first one to be passed while The Special Marriages Bill, the first social reform legislation of the House.The Indian Tariff (Second Amendment) Bill was the first Bill to be passed while The Special Marriages Bill, the first social reform Bill.

Rajya Sabha passed the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill on May 17, 2006 as earlier passed by Lok Sabha but the President referred the same for reconsideration on May 30. Rajya Sabha reconsidered the same and passed as it was on July 27, 2006 and Lok Sabha passed it four later and was later assented to by the President on August 18, 2006.

Three Bills have been passed at the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament including The Dowry Prohibition Bill, 1959,

The Banking Service Commission (Repeal) Bill, 1978 and The Prevention of Terrorism Bill, 2002, an official release here said. (UNI)