Frayed tempers cost Parliament dear: Report

New Delhi, PTI While the cost of running Parliament has gone up phenomenally down the years, so has the time lost in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha due to the `frayed tempers' of the legislators.


While the cost of running Parliament has gone up phenomenally down the years, so has the time lost in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha due to the `frayed tempers' of the legislators. According to a new report titled 'Citizens Report on Governance and Development - 2006', while 5.28 per cent of the time was lost in pandemonium in the 11th Lok Sabha (1996-98), the figure increased to 10.66 per cent in the 12th Lok Sabha and more than doubled to 22.4 per cent during 1999-2004. The 14th Lok Sabha has recorded 38 per cent of loss of time in the first two sessions, owing to the row over induction of 'tainted' MPs into the UPA government and the absence of 'absconding' minister Shibu Soren. Rajya Sabha, reacting similarly to these issues, lost a 'whopping' 46 cer cent in the corresponding 201st and 202nd sessions. "The floor of Parliament has lately been used not only to settle past and present political scores, but also to prepare for the future political and electoral battles," the report prepared by National Social Watch Coalition, an NGO, said. The report also stated that between 1951 and 2003-04 the cost of running the two Houses registered an increase from Rs 100 per minute to Rs 18,430 per minute. This was estimated to reach Rs 20,000 in 2004-05. This could be attributed to the increase in the loss of time due to pandemonium in the Parliament, said the report. "Thus, the loss of time through pandemonium leading to the loss of designated parliamentary business eventually also translates into substantial loss of public money," it said.

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