The Delhi assembly had 26 sittings last year but three members of the legislative assembly — Raghuvinder Shokeen, Prakash Kumar and Mohammed Ishraque — did not raise any issue in the House, a report card of the performance of city legislators said on Wednesday.
The annual report card, prepared by Praja Foundation, a private organisation, has listed the performance of 58 of the 70 legislators in Delhi, leaving out the chief minister, ministers, speaker and the deputy speaker. The report found that 72% of the MLAs are underperforming.
The legislators have been rated on the basis of their attendance and performance in the Assembly and public perception from February 24, 2015, to December 22, 2015. Members of the political executive have been left out of the audit as they do not raise questions related to their assembly segments, officials said.
“Nearly 33% of the Delhi MLAs hardly participated in discussions. There are 16 MLAs who have raised only one to five issues. Quality of issues raised is the most important part of the ranking system of Praja,” the report says.
It ranked AAP’s SK Bagga, Nitin Tyagi and BJP’s Jagdish Pradhan as the top performers. AAP MLAs scored 58.44% while the three BJP MLAs got 66.04%.
Prakash Kumar, AAP MLA from Deoli, maintained he did raise questions related to problems in his constituency. “I raised questions related to electricity in my area and many other issues as well. I have raised starred questions.”
Ishraque could not be reached for a comment. Raghuvinder Shokeen said, “I concentrate on my work as per the needs in my constituency. It might have happened that I did not come across any issue that necessitated being raised in the House.”
Delhi convener of AAP, Dilip Pandey, refrained from commenting on the report card but expressed satisfaction over performance of the party MLAs.
“It won’t be wise to comment on the report findings as I don’t know how scientific the survey is. However, as far as our party legislators are concerned, they are performing much better than past MLAs. They are performing on the ground despite hurdles being created by the Centre and its appointee. Our party legislators are accessible to people and work in transparent manner,” Pandey said.
Founding trustee of Praja, Nitai Mehta, said that the findings are based on data collated from Assembly sessions held in 2015 and the RTI applications filed in this regard.
The findings claimed that despite the government and municipalities having received 10,102 complaints related to mosquito nuisance and fogging last year, no MLA raised the issue in the House.
While there were 1,50,885 complaints registered for water supply, there were only 33 issues raised by MLAs. There were 19,327 drainage-related complaints, but it made it to the House only five times.