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‘Least productive’ LS session headed for further trouble

‘Least productive’ LS session headed for further trouble
Already termed as the ‘least productive’, the 15th Lok Sabha may be headed for further trouble with new escalation in the government-opposition stand-off.

The Budget Session of the house may move towards an early closure following disruptions over CBI’s coalgate report, deadlock on JPC’s draft on 2G scam and BJP’s decision to boycott meetings convened by the Speaker and parliamentary affairs minister.

As the session is scheduled to conclude on 10 May, the issue of parliamentary disruptions and the productivity of the house has come to the fore again.

Like the present session, the previous session of Parliament saw repeated adjournments and frequent disruptions.

According to the ‘Resume of Work Done by the Lok Sabha’ during the 12th (Winter) Session, the house lost 58 hours and 36 minutes of its time due to adjournments ‘following interruptions’.

The time lost due to interruptions was 31 minutes even as the previous session witnessed six walkouts by opposition members over a variety of issues, the resume, prepared by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, said.

The house took 16 hours and 50 minutes for government bills and MPs utilised 6 hours and 34 minutes to raise matters of urgent public importance. A total of 61 hours and 45 minutes were utilised for transacting various kinds of business in the previous session, including 11 hours and 15 minutes for questions.

According to PRS Legislative Research, out of the 146 hours allocated for question hour in both houses of Parliament, roughly 57 hours were utilised in 2012.

Since the beginning of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009, approximately 43 per cent of the allocated time has been spent on question hour.


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