The Budget Session 2013, adjourned sine-die on Wednesday – two days before the schedule - turned out to be the second most disrupted session of the present Lok Sabha with over 92 hours of time lost to disruptions. The Winter Session 2010 was the most unproductive with total time loss of 124 hours and 40 minutes.
Also, against 600 starred questions admitted to be answered orally in the house, the ministers were able to answer only 38 questions – the lowest after the five questions during the winter session of 2010 that was a washout over the 2G scam. The present session too witnessed major turbulence over a draft JPC report on the scam that sought to give the prime minister a clean-chit.
Almost every session of the 15th Lok Sabha with the of UPA 2 in power has been disrupted over a host of issues like CWG, Adarsh, corruption and Lok Pal, price rise and Telangana making it the most disrupted term ever as HT had first reported in August 2012.
An interference with a CBI report on coal scam, Sri Lankan Tamils issue, minister Beni Prasad Verma’s comments on SP leader Mulayam Yadav, heckling of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee by SFI activists, acquittal of Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 Delhi riots case and lately cash for plum post scam in the railways are the factors for disorder in the present budget session.
Lok Sabha Secretariat says 22, 424 visitor passes were issued during the Budget Session. But the adjournments over disruptions were so immediate and frequent that most of the visitors, mainly students, were not able to enter or sit for a while in Parliament galleries to witness the house proceedings.
The Budget Session 2013 of the 15th Lok Sabha in numbers: Days of sitting of the house – 32
Total sitting hours – 94 hours and 42 minutes
Time lost due to interruptions, forced adjournments – 92 hours and 40 minutes.
The 13th session, however, sat late for 28 hours and 30 minutes to finish the listed business
Legislative Business – 18 bills were introduced in LS and 12 were passed – all finance-appropriation bills except the anti-rape law
Total statements made by the ministers in Lok Sabha – 40