Our legislators may have come under attack from supporters of Anna Hazare for their level of competence to frame laws, but the truth is that more than 80% of MPs in Lok Sabha are graduates while over 30% possess post-graduate and doctoral degrees.
"Though our Constituton does not prescribe any formal qualification to contest elections, it is our experience that persons without some level of qualification are rarely found or almost non-existent among legislators in the country," said officials attached with the Lok Sabha.
Last week, actor Om Puri reportedly sought to reignite the issue of the level of qualification of our Parlamentarians while making his observations at Ramlila maidan here supporting Hazare's agitation.
Figures, however, reveal that in the 15th Lok Sabha none of the MPs is illiterate - close to 50% of MPs are either graduate or possess post-graduate degrees.
In all, 80.74% of the members have educational qualifiction at the level of graduation and above. Further, 24 MPs are doctorates.
Only 20 MPs are under matric and 32 are matric pass.
While 291 MPs are first time members of the Lower House, 184 were re-elected, lending their level of experience to the House.
According to figures, the 15th lok Sabha with 80.74% of its members having educational qualification at the level of graduation and above, follows the pattern of 14th Lok Sabha (77.16%) as the largest group.
Significantly, the House also boasts of members who have obtained professional degrees, with 29 MPs possessing professional degrees and 106 having professional degrees at the graduation level.