Lok Sabha Gets a Last-Mile Boost from UPA

Published: Sep 10, 2013 07:03:35 AM IST
Updated: Sep 10, 2013 11:24:32 AM IST

When the monsoon session started on August 5, the government had hoped to pass 43 bills over the 16 sittings available. It also proposed to introduce 25 new legislations. But it was, inevitably, a sluggish session that got saved in the last lap when the Lok Sabha worked extended hours to pass the food security bill and the long pending land acquisition bill.

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In the process, its productivity during this session went up to 47 percent from 22 percent until August 25.  The two bills have salvaged a session that was off the mark, even by the low standards that the 15th Lok Sabha has set. For instance, it used only 49 percent of its time during this year’s budget session.

The Rajya Sabha fared much better, utilising 77 percent of its time.

Taken together, Parliament could pass only two bills: The Companies Bill, 2011, and The National Highways Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

 

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  • Tushar Bajaj

    The government should be penalized for being under productive. There should be financial sanctions, salary and reimbursement cut backs if certain productivity limits are not hit. The least the government can do is provide a healthy debate on the bills and not waste time with walkouts. That is unworthy of politicians representing the country. Wonder how unproductive that session would be if the sanctions were to be proposed ?

    on Sep 10, 2013
  • Tushar Bajaj

    The government should be penalized for being under productive. There should be financial sanctions, salary and reimbursement cut backs if certain productivity limits are not hit. The least the government can do is provide a healthy debate on the bills and not waste time with walkouts. That is unworthy of politicians representing the country. Wonder how unproductive that session would be if the sanctions were to be proposed ?

    on Sep 10, 2013