A tumultuous 2010 for Parliament
It was a tumultuous year for Parliament rocked as it was by disruptions on scams that led to the longest shutdown of an entire session for the first time in independent India.delhi Updated: Dec 29, 2010 10:44 IST
It was a tumultuous year for Parliament rocked as it was by disruptions on scams that led to the longest shutdown of an entire session for the first time in independent India.
Though disruptions of Parliament had become a routine affair in the last two decades, the just-concluded Winter Session of the House took the cake for its complete washout following opposition-government standoff over the demand for the appointment of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to go into the 2G spectrum allocation scam.
The standoff showed no signs of resolution as the year draws to a close with the government not resiling from its position that the Public Accounts Committee was enough to do the job.
There were full or partial shutdown of Parliament for as many as 38 of the total 83 days, costing the exchequer around Rs 240 crore.
Ironically, it was the year in which the MPs got a bonanza with their salaries and allowances being raised manifold.
The year gone by will have the dubious distinction of certain leaders holding a 'mock Parliament' in the Lok Sabha, causing widespread concern.
In fact, the demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocations could spill to the New Year with opposition threatening to stall the proceedings in the Budget Session too.
On an average, the government spends Rs 6.35 crore per day to run Parliament, according to official figures.
While the Winter Session did not have proceedings for as many as 22 days, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were disrupted for eight days each in both the Budget and Monsoon sessions and saw work at the most for one to two hours on those days.