<b>XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, <i> Session II (Winter Session) </i> </b>
XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, Session II (Winter Session) Thursday, December 23, 1999/Pausa 2, 1921 (Saka )

Title: Valedictory references made on the conclusion of second session of Thirteenth Lok Sabha.

17.37 hrs.

SHRIMATI SONIA GANDHI (AMETHI): Mr. Speaker, Sir, we have come to the end of a very short Session, nevertheless a most significant Session. Important business has been transacted in the House. Keeping the interest of the country and the people uppermost in our minds and hearts, we have supported the Government in passing certain legislations. At the same time, we have stood firm wherever we felt that certain proposals were weak. Where these proposals were weak, we suggested certain amendments which were incorporated in the Bill.

Mr. Speaker, Sir, you have a most difficult and onerous job to perform. Our democracy is the most vibrant one as has been demonstrated here in this House on many occasions. There have been occasions, especially in the last two days, where some Members have crossed the Lakshman Rekha. However, you have dealt with the Members with patience and kindness. We are grateful to you for dealing with all of us in such a manner.

We are now about to enter a new millennium. Let us all renew our pledge to those who have supported us, who have voted for us, those whom we represent and again to work in great earnest for their upliftment, for their well-being, their welfare and their safety.

I would like to thank you, Sir, once again.

I would like to extend to you and through you to the hon. Prime Minister, to his Government and to each one of you in the House, all the Members in the House all my good wishes and also the good wishes on behalf of my Party for a very happy New Year and for a wonderful new millennium.

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SHRI P.C. THOMAS (MUVATTUPUZHA): I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

MR. SPEAKER: Hon. Members, the Second Session of the Thirteenth Lok Sabha which commenced on 29th November, 1999 is coming to an end today. In this Session, we had a total of 19 sittings spreading over 127 hours and 41 minutes.

During the Session, the House transacted several important financial and legislative business, besides other business. The Supplementary Railway Budget and the General Budget for the year 1999-2000 were passed by the House.

The Lok Sabha also passed 21 Bills, including the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, 1999; the Prevention of Money-Laundering Bill, 1999; and the Foreign Exchange Management Bill, 1999. The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Bill, 1999; the Central Vigilance Commission Bill, 1999; and the Patents (Amendment) Bill, 1999, were referred to Joint Committees of both the Houses.

The House had fruitful debates on five important matters of urgent public importance under Rule 193. These were: Loss of life and property due to super-cyclone in Orissa and the need to declare it as a national calamity; Problems being faced by farmers in various parts of the country; Issue of national security and rise of militancy in various parts of the country, especially in North-East and Jammu and Kashmir; Disinvestment Policy of the Government; and the Functioning of Prasar Bharati.

Five important matters were raised by way of Calling Attention in response to which statements were made by the concerned Ministers. In addition, as many as seven statements were made by Ministers on different matters. Six Half-an-Hour Discussions were also raised in the House. Out of 380 Starred Questions listed during the Session, 70 Questions were answered orally.

During the Session, 48 Private Members' Bills were introduced out of which one was discussed inconclusively. Two Private Members' Resolutions were discussed.

Hon'ble Members raised 162 matters under rule 377. Besides, 259 members raised matters of urgent public importance during the `Zero Hour'.

I take this opportunity to thank all the Hon'ble Members for the kind cooperation extended to me, the Hon'ble Deputy-Speaker, and my colleagues in the Panel of Chairmen in transaction of business of the House. I am extremely grateful to the Hon'ble Leader of the House, the Hon'ble Leader of the Opposition, the Leaders of various parties and groups as swell as the Chief Whips and Whips for their cooperation and courtesy extended to me. The entire listed business could be completed because of the willing cooperation of all Members even though they had to sit late on as many as 12 out of 19 days.

During the Session period, the BPST of Lok Sabha Secretariat organised a week long Orientation Programme for the new Members of the present Lok Sabha. The response of the new Members was indeed overwhelming. I thank all the participants and also the dignitaries constituting the Faculty for their cooperation and interest in the Programme.

Hon'ble Members, this is the last Session of the Lok Sabha in this century and in a few days time we will be entering into the millennium year. As the elected representatives of a billion strong people we bear a great responsibility to fulfil their hopes and aspirations and build a prosperous, strong and vibrant India. Let us resolve to achieve in the next century whatever we missed in the present one.

May I now wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous millennium year.


17.52 hrs.

(The National Song was played.)


MR. SPEAKER: The House stands adjourned sine die.

17.53 hours

The Lok Sabha then adjourned sine die.