Monsoon Session: 103 MPs didn’t speak in House

Over 100 MPs of Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha did not speak during proceedings in the House!

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010, 00:24 AM IST

New Delhi: Over 100 MPs of Lok Sabha and
Rajya Sabha did not speak during proceedings in the House in
the Monsoon Session.

According to PRS Legislative Research, 68 MPs from Lok
Sabha and 35 from Rajya Sabha -- a total of 103 out of 707
excluding Ministers and the Speaker -- did not participate in
either debates, private member`s bills or pose any question.

These are the figures for Monsoon session till last
Thursday.

In the Lower House, 181 or 38 per cent of the lawmakers
did not participate in any of the debates, which included
those on price rise and civil nuclear liability bill.

However, 22 MPs participated in more than ten debates and
Samajwadi Party`s Shailendra Kumar came out in flying colours
with his participation in as many as 35. RJD`s Raghuvansh
Prasad is also in the top-five list in this regard.

Forty-two Lok Sabha MPs voiced their concerns in six
to ten debates while 102 participated in three to five and 132
in one or two debates.

In Rajya Sabha, 69 members did not participate in any of
the debates while ten members marked their presence in more
than ten debates.

On questions, 117 Lok Sabha MPs did not ask any question
while the figure in Rajya Sabha was 79. Forty-four Lok Sabha
MPs asked more than 50 questions during this session while the
number for Rajya Sabha was 24.

Forty-one MPs in Lok Sabha have an attendance of less
than 50 per cent while 24 in Rajya Sabha have the same
attendance. In Lok Sabha, 195 lawmakers have more than 90 per
cent attendance while 98 in Rajya Sabha have crossed this mark
this session.

The PRS also said out of the 138 planned hours in Lok
Sabha this year, productive hours were 116 hours which is 84
per cent of the total time.

However, Question Hour saw the maximum disruption in the
Lower House as only 11 hours or 47 per cent out of 23 planned
hours were productive.

In Rajya Sabha, out of the 115 planned hours, 104 hours
were productive. Thirteen out of planned 23 hours for Question
Hour was productive in Rajya Sabha.

The PRS also noted that the government planned to
introduce 35 bills in this session but could bring only 17. It
planned to pass 33 bills this session, but could clear only
14.

PTI