Frequent disruptions and adjournments during the Monsoon Session have taken a toll on Parliament’s productivity. Lok Sabha’s productivity has fallen to 14 per cent, while the Raj Sabha fares slightly better at 22 per cent.
The ongoing tussle between the Narendra Modi government and the Opposition over the Pegasus spyware snooping controversy has taken a big hit on Parliament’s productivity.
The first two weeks of the ongoing Monsoon Session saw very little business as opposition parties demanded discussion on the snooping controversy, resulting in frequent disruptions and adjournments.
Data compiled by PRS Legislative show Lok Sabha’s productivity has been only 14 per cent as it passed five bills in less than an hour. During the Budget Session earlier this year, the average time spent on a bill passed by the Lok Sabha was 2.5 hour.
Logjam in Parliament has led to washout of business hours in both the Houses during the first two weeks of the Monsoon Session.
In comparison to the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha has fared slightly better and its productivity stands at 22 per cent.
The Lok Sabha has passed five bills so far and the total time spent on discussing these bills was only 44 minutes.
The Rajya Sabha has so far passed three bills in this session and the total time spent is little over an hour (72 minutes).
- On July 28, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed by the Lok Sabha in just five minutes.
- On July 26, the National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019 was passed in just six minutes.
- On July 26, the Lok Sabha also passed the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021. These were passed in 13 minutes and 14 minutes, respectively.
- On July 29, the Inland Vessels Bill, 2021 was also passed in just six minutes.
On the other hand:
- On July 29, the Rajya Sabha passed the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in just 14 minutes.
- On July 27, it passed the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021 in 40 minutes. Seven MPs participated in the discussion on this bill.
- On July 28, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021 was passed in just 18 minutes.
According to PRS Legislative, during the 2021 Budget Session, on an average, the Lok Sabha discussed a bill for 2.5 hour before passing it, while the Rajya Sabha discussed a bill for two hours before passing it.