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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Houses passed only 23% of planned bills this year

Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 19, 2013
First Published: 11:49 IST(19/12/2013) | Last Updated: 11:55 IST(19/12/2013)

In an adverse remark on how the Parliament functions, a report released on Tuesday said that just 10% of the listed questions were replied to orally in the two Houses, which is set to create a record of the most disruptive Parliament since Independence.
 
The seventh citizens’ report on governance and development 2013 released on Tuesday said only 23% of the 94 planned bills were passed, of which about 18% got approval in less than five minutes in a din.

The report also said the lower house lost more time because of disruptions. The 15th Lok Sabha lost 577 hours as compared to 442 hours by the Rajya Sabha.

And amid these frequent disruptions, the question hour took the biggest hit.
 
The report, which is evaluating the performance of four apex institutions of the country, also pointed out that on average the lower house worked for less than four hours a day during its 227 sittings, which means two-thirds of time was lost in commotion.

Amid this, the report said MPs got their salaries and perks increase manifold making it 68 times more than the per capita income of an Indian. In fact, MPs get more salary than their counterparts in the developed countries such as Japan, Singapore and Italy.

As the Parliament remained stalled, the report said a farmer committed suicide every 30 minutes with 2.56 lakh farmers taking their lives between 1995 and 2010. This is indeed a worry for the government.

The report also said that the government’s social sector spending has fallen from 14.9% of the GDP in 2012-13 to 14.6% this fiscal.
 
In judiciary, the number of pending cases rose from 2.81 crore in 2004 to 3.17 crore in 2011.


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