Winter Session of Parliament ends

New Delhi, Dec. 20 (ANI): Highlighting the need for reducing disruptions in parliamentary proceedings, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday brought the curtains down on the almost month-long Winter Session of Parliament.

Thanking members and Lok Sabha staff for their participation and cooperation during the session, Kumar, however, expressed her concern and drew their attention to the frequent disruptions on several occasions.

During the session, the parliament considered and passed several crucial bills, making it the most productive session in two years.

Out of the 35 bills that were to be introduced or passed during the session, action was taken on about seven of them. Among the bills that were taken up actively and passed by the members was the Companies Bill, the Banking Amendments Bill and the Quota in Job Promotions Bill.

The highlight of the session was the stand-off and debate on the vote for allowing foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail.

The motion that was moved by the Opposition, but was defeated in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said that it was matter of satisfaction that the session had seen some good debates.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid sought careful and sober analysis of developments in and outside parliament.

The Budget Session will start in February 2013. (ANI)

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