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RAJYA SABHA ADJOURNED SINE DIE EIGHT DAYS AHEAD OF SCHEDULED TIME OF MONSOON SESSION

RAJYA SABHA ADJOURNED SINE DIE EIGHT DAYS AHEAD OF SCHEDULED TIME OF MONSOON SESSION

Context

Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die eight days ahead of the scheduled time of the Monsoon Session.

Adjournment sine die  

  • Adjournment sine die means terminating a sitting of Parliament for an indefinite period. In other words, when the House is adjourned without naming a day for reassembly, it is called adjournment sine die.
  • The power of adjournment as well as adjournment sine die lies with the presiding officer of the House.
  • He can also call a sitting of the House before the date or time to which it has been adjourned or at any time after the House has been adjourned sine die.

Sessions of Parliament

The president from time to time summons each House of Parliament to meet. But, the maximum gap between two sessions of Parliament cannot be more than six months. In other words, the Parliament should meet at least twice a year. There are usually three sessions in a year, viz,

  • Budget Session (February to May)
  • Monsoon Session (July to September)
  • Winter Session (November to December)

Define  ‘Session’ of Parliament

  • A ‘session’ of Parliament is the period spanning between the first sitting of a House and its prorogation (or dissolution in the case of the Lok Sabha).
  • During a session, the House meets everyday to transact business.
  • The period spanning between the prorogation of a House and its reassembly in a new session is called ‘recess’.

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