Less than 1/3rd of
ministers' assurances in
Times of India,
February 05, 2017
In the last two
years of the Narendra Modi government, only one-third of
assurances given by ministers in Parliament has been
implemented, while almost one-fifth of these been dropped.
According to official data, the ministers gave 1,877 assurances
during two years- 2015 and 2016, out of which only 552 were
While 392 assurances were dropped, the remaining 893 were still
The responsibility of implementation of assurances primarily
lies with the ministries or departments concerned with the
However, the ministry does not peruse individual assurances.
While forwarding the extracts of each assurance, the ministry
informs that the assurance is required to be fulfilled within a
period of three months from the date of assurance and the time
limit has to be strictly adhered to.
The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs also holds meeting with
officers of various ministries or departments from time to time
to review the pendency position of the assurances with a view to
expedite their implementation.
Besides it, there is also a 15-member Parliamentary Standing
Committee on Lok Sabha on government assurances. This
parliamentary panel looks into the assurances which have not
been fulfilled. It also calls the officials of the ministries to
appear before it for the same.
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