Monsoon washout: Rajya Sabha worked for only
9% of allotted time
Times of India, August 14, 2015
Only one legislation
was passed by Parliament during the 17-day monsoon session with
Rajya Sabha working for barely 9% of the allotted time, only
marginally up from the infamous winter session of 2010 when the
House functioned for just 2% of the time. Lok Sabha, aided by
the expulsion of 25 Congress members for five days, managed to
work for almost half the time (48%) allotted to it.
The Delhi High Court
(Amendment) Bill 2014 was the only bill ? excluding money bills
? to have been passed by both Houses. According to Parliament
data, the Lower House lost 47 hours and 27 minutes, the Upper
House lost 82 hours to disruptions with important legislations
like the land acquisition bill, GST Bill and whistleblowers
protection bill getting delayed.
witnessed the lowest number of bills being passed in the last
five years. This productivity is in sharp contrast to the budget
session this year, which was the most productive session in the
last 15 years. During the last session, Rajya Sabha had a
productivity of 101%.
As a result of
continuous disruptions during question hour, only 2% of
questions were answered orally while only 1% of the time was
spent on legislative business in Rajya Sabha.
In comparison, Lok
Sabha spent 17% of its productive time on legislative business,
and 45% on non-legislative business. About 13% of questions were
answered orally during question hour.
including the Negotiable Instruments (Amendments) Bill 2015, SC
and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Bill 2014 and Repealing and
Amending (fourth) Bill 2015 were passed in Lok Sabha but were
discussed for less than three hours, says analysis by PRS
Despite a lame duck session, the performance of individual
parliamentarians was enthusiastic. PRS data show that overall
attendance was as high as 75%. Attendance in LS was at 84%,
while in RS it was at 78%.
In LS, the highest
participation was seen in MPs between 56 to 70 years of age. A
LS MP participated in about 20 debates on average. However, 48
MPs (9%) from that House did not participate in any debates, of
which 27 were first time MPs. Among parties with more than 10
MPs, Shiv Sena MPs had high participation, with 25 debates on
average for each MP. This was followed by BJD and Congress, with
about 20 debates per MP.
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