"I am pained that the Monsoon Session of Parliament that adjourned sine die last month lost 73.30 hours due to interruptions," the Speaker said in her address to Lok Sabha members, state legislators and former legislators in the state assembly in Shimla.

"But despite that, landmark bills like the food security, prohibition of employment as manual scavengers and their rehabilitation, land acquisition, and on Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority have been passed," Meira Kumar said.

These bills, she said, would certainly help to provide social and economic justice to the common man. The Speaker said that as a public representative "it should always be in our minds that we have been elected to raise public issues. We have to raise these issues in the house so that there is a change in the attitude of society".

Meira Kumar was in Shimla on a two-day visit to the erstwhile summer capital of British India to preside over the golden jubilee celebrations of the assembly.


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