Wanted : Opposition in our Parliament/Assemblies

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  1. sob

    sob Moderator Moderator

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    As envisaged in the Indian constitution the opposition party has also an equal role in running of the country. Theirs is the voice of protest, dissent, offering an alternative to the Govt. of the day.

    Sadly since the general elections held this year, the Opposition has vacated the vital space that it was supposed to occupy. This has happened not only at the Centre but it is happening at the state level also. This will have a negative impact on all of us. A case in point has been the huge increase in prices of essential commodities over last one year has gone virtually unchallenged by the opposition. The ruling party has got away scot free and is also changing the way the Inflation figures are reported.

    Prices of Food items and other essential commodities have sky rocketed but the inflation figures have been in the negative for most of the year.

    NO CHECKS - Opposition goes missing in action in most states




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    Yes totally agree with the article. Ever since the BJP has lost the national and a few assembly elections, it is in shambles and is not providing any decent "oppostion" in the Parliament or Assembly.
    Where it is in government with a huge majority, it has dissidence a la Karnataka. The BJP has to pull up its socks or else it will go down further into abyss.

    Opposition doesnt mean that they have to oppose all government moves, but we need constructive opposition. I really admire the US system where the minority party also comes up with bills of importance. That is something which India has sorely missed. There are more vested interests at play than national interest. The opposition can run the country if it comes up with great ideas to improve the country and gets it adopted in the Parliament. That will become its ticket to get into power when the next elections come by.

    In India, the only thing the opposition does is wait for splits in the ruling party so that they can start fishing in troubled waters and grab the chair. Prime example right now is Deve Gowda who is licking his lips at the internal bickering in the Karnataka state BJP.
     
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    MPs bunk Parliament

    The question Hour is a session where the MPs can ask questions to the Miniisters on specific lapses or shortcomings of their ministries.However our MPs are not taking their job seriously, as yesterday 32 MPs who had submitted their Questions were not present during the Question Hour. Needless the most releived persons were the ministers who had to answer the questions, some of which could have exposed the shortcomings in their departments.

    Question Hour cut short as MPs absent

     
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    This is excellent. A thread on the issue of efficiency of performance and attendance of MP's was long overdue. In relation to the above:


    Sonia warns of action against MPs skipping parliament

    Tue, Dec 1 01:48 PM


    New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi has asked for a list of absentee MPs and warned of firm action against those who skip parliamentary proceedings, a party leader said Tuesday, a day after question hour in the Lok Sabha virtually collapsed because of missing members.

    'She has taken an extreme view of it (Monday's incident). She has asked for the list of the party MPs who were not present in the house Monday. And action will be taken against those who take parliamentary proceedings in such a light manner,' said a Congress leader close to Gandhi.

    He said the party leadership was not satisfied by the explanations given by the MPs for missing parliament Monday.

    'Most of the MPs have said their flight got delayed and train got delayed... while explaining the reasons for their absence. Such excuses are not acceptable,' the leader told IANS.

    'It was a lesson to learn,' admitted Congress MP Shruti Choudhary, who was absent along with her party colleagues Harsh Vardhan, Madhu Goud Yaskhi, Anto Antony, Vikrambhai Arjanbhai Maadam, P.T. Thomas, Kodikkunnil Suresh, Jhansi Lakshmi and Eknath Gaikawad.

    They were among the 34 MPs with questions listed against their names who were not in the house during question hour Monday.


    Indo Asian News Service


    Sonia warns of action against MPs skipping parliament - Yahoo! India News
     
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    MPs shirk work

    In addition to MPs being absent from Paarliament during the crucial question hour, another place where they have record absentisim are the Parliamentary Standing committees. The job of these comittees is to assess the work done by the various ministries, sort of a counter check on the ruling party ministers.

    This obviously is a very important post and at the start of the session there is arace among MPs to become a member of one of the comittees for obvious advantages that the membership gets them. However most of them treat this very lightly and they rarely attend the meetings. some notable members have not even attended even a single meeting last year.

    Some MPs too busy for House panels

     
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    Monday Blues

    MPs suffer from Monday blues

     
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    Absentisim down this Monday

    Seems that the pressure from the media and the resultant public scrutiny seems to be working.

    Question Hour absentees down to five on Monday

     
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    Half of Lok Sabha MPs did not participate in any debate

    New Delhi, December 25, 2009

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    The Parliament House when MPs attended the first day session of the 15th Lok Sabha in New Delhi. According to a study, less than half of the MPs participated in any debate. File photo

    For every hour when parliament is in session, the government spends nearly Rs.14 lakhs (Rs. 1.4 million) of tax payers’ money. And just imagine how much the state exchequer must have lost during the just concluded winter session when there was not a single 100 percent productive day with full attendance?

    An analysis of the winter session of the 15th Indian parliament done by PRS Legislative Research, a unit of the Centre for Policy Research, shows that 48 percent of Lok Sabha MPs didn’t participate in any debate. The productive time in the lower house was 106 hours - only 76 percent of what had been scheduled, due to repeated disruptions.

    “On six out of 21 days (of the session), the Lok Sabha met for less than two hours and of 26 bills planned for passage, only 14 were actually passed,” the analysis says.

    Sample this: On Nov 26, when the Lok Sabha debated price rise only 26 of 545 MPs were present in the house. By the time Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar finished replying to the discussion on the soaring prices of essential commodities, five more members had left.

    The lower house thus conducted an important business without even the mandatory quorum - at least 10 percent of its total strength.

    The analysis of the findings by PRS Legislative Research points out that 25 percent of the MPs during the session “restricted themselves to one or two debates”.

    “Only three percent participated in more than 10 debates.”

    And there were many MPs, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who didn’t ask even a single question. Ditto for Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, Jaganmohan Reddy of the Congress and Shatrughan Sinha of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    The attendance of MPs was also worrying. The average attendance of the MPs during the winter session was 66 percent.

    Only 15 MPs had full attendance and only 45 MPs attended more than 95 percent. At least 25 MPs missed half the sittings.

    Communist Party of India leader Gurudas Dasgupta did not miss a single day of parliament, a distinction shared by the Congress’s Eknath Mahadeo Gaikwad, Janata Dal-United’s Rajiv Ranjan Singh and CPI-M’s M.B. Rajesh.

    Of the 440 starred questions in the Lok Sabha, only 131 were called. For 44 called questions, the respective MPs were not even in the house - a situation that led to the collapse of Question Hour on Nov 30 when 17 members were missing.

    Only 87 questions were orally answered in the Lok Sabha.

    In the Rajya Sabha, the average attendance was 68 percent. The lowest attendance was on Nov 30.

    In the upper house, of a total of 460 questions admitted only 18 percent could be orally answered.

    The cost of running parliament, including entire staff and logistics, perhaps comes to Rs.14 lakhs per hour, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said in parliament during a discussion on increasing the sittings of parliament.

    The Hindu : News / National : Half of Lok Sabha MPs did not participate in any debate
     

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