Lok Sabha Speaker Current Affairs - 2019

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64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference being held in Kampala

The 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is being held in Kampala, the capital of Uganda from 22 to 29 September. An Indian parliamentary delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will be attending the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

Indian Delegation at 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The conference will also be attended by Indian delegation comprising of presiding officers and secretaries from state legislatures from India who are members of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Assam Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami and Uttarakhand Speaker Prem Chand Aggarwal will also participate in the conference.

The delegation will also include Lok Sabha Secretary General Snehlata Shrivastava apart from Member of Parliaments including Roopa Ganguly, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, L. Hanumanthaiah and Aparajita Sarangi.

During conference around ten workshops will be held on various subjects, with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla being lead speaker in some of workshops. Indian parliamentary delegation will also interact with Indian diaspora during their stay in Uganda.

During the visit, Lok Sabha Speaker Birla will also be holding bilateral meetings with top leadership of Uganda and his counterparts from other commonwealth countries to discuss matters of mutual interest and parliamentary cooperation.

Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

The 1st session of 17th Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die, a day ahead of scheduled conclusion, as 99% of government business has been completed. The announcement in this regard was made by Speaker Om Birla after adopting resolution and a Bill related to Jammu and Kashmir.

After 17th Lok Sabha elections, the Budget session of Lok Sabha which was scheduled to end on 26 July was extended till 7 August.

Key Highlights

Productive Session: In his parting address to the house, Speaker termed it the most productive session since 1952. In this session, House passed 35 Bills, surpassing previous record of Bills passed in 1952 session (in it 24 bills were passed in 67 sittings). This Budget session of Lok Sabha had 37 sittings and sat for 280 hours. The productivity of the House remained 125%. Also in order to make it more productive, Lower House sat for 75 hours late in evening.

Proceeding undertaken: During session, 35 bills were passed, total 183 starred questions were orally answered, 1,066 issues of urgent importance taken up, and 488 issues taken up under rule 377 (of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha). As per rule 377 members are allowed to raise matters which are not points of order or which cannot be raised under any other rule.

Adjournment Sine Die

Its literal meaning in latin is without day i.e. without assigning a day for a further (or next) meeting or hearing. In terms of Legislative procedures it means to adjourn an assembly for an indefinite period.

Power of adjournment sine die lies with presiding officer of House. Also, presiding officer of a House can call a sitting of House before date/time to which it has been adjourned or at any time after House has been adjourned sine die.