First part of Budget Session of Parliament concludes

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New Delhi, February 9, 2017

The first part of the Budget session of Parliament that commenced on January 31 concluded today with both the Houses being adjourned for recess for a period of 27 days.
The session will resume on March 9. The recess is to enable the department related Standing Committees to examine the Demands for Grants relating to various Ministries and Departments.
Subject to exigencies of government business, both Houses will be adjourned sine die on April 12.
Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs  Ananth Kumar told a press conference that the first part of the Budget Session yielded a total of sevn sittings of the Lok Sabha and eight sittings of the Rajya Sabha.
The productivity of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in terms of utilization of time during the first part of Budget Session is 112.65% and 96.74%, he said.
The Minister appreciated the cooperation received from all the members of both Houses in running the business smoothly and hoped that the second part of the Budget session 2017 would also receive such cooperation from all the members of Parliament.
The Budget Session, 2017 being the first session of the year, the President addressed the both Houses of Parliament assembled together in terms of Article 87(1) of the Constitution on January 31 and informed the Parliament of the causes of its summons.
The Motion of Thanks on the President Address in Lok Sabha was moved by Dr. Mahesh Sharma and seconded by Mr Virendra Singh. In Rajya Sabha, it was moved by Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad and seconded by Dr. Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe. It was discussed and adopted by the two Houses during first part of the session.
During the first part of session, the Union Budget for 2017-18 was presented on February1.  General discussion on the Union Budget was held in both the Houses. 
Five Bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha during this period. Two Bills were passed by Lok Sabha and one  by the Rajya Sabha. The total number of Bills passed by both Houses of Parliament during the Session is two. 
The Bills introduced in the Lok Sabha were : The Finance Bill, 2017, The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017, The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017 and The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017.
The Bills passed by both Houses were The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017.  
The latter will be deemed to have been passed by the Houses on Parliament on expiry of 14 days from receipt of Bill in Rajya Sabha, as passed by Lok Sabha under clause (5) of article 109 of the Constitution.