According to PRS Legislative Research, the 16th Lok Sabha, which held its sessions between June 2014 and February 2019, passed 133 Bills and promulgated 45 Ordinances. This was 15 per cent higher than the 15th Lok Sabha
under UPA II when 151 Bills and Ordinances were tackled Parliament.
The 15th Lok Sabha had been among the least productive in 10 years with reduced time spent in legislation and oversight. Frequent disruptions were witnessed by agitations over allocations of 2G spectrum, coal blocks, Telangana statehood, and the Commonwealth Games. It passed the least number of Bills by any full-term Lok Sabha and 68 Bills lapsed after its dissolution.
The 16th Lok Sabha passed a majority of bills related to the financial sector, including GST Bill, Bankruptcy Code, Insurance Amendment Bill, Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, etc. The 16th Lok Sabha also saw a larger proportion of Bills being discussed for a longer time — 32 per cent of the bills were discussed for more than 3 hours and 28 per cent were discussed for between 2 and 3 hours. Far fewer bills were passed within 30 minutes of being introduced - it decreased from 26 per cent in the previous session to 6 per cent.
However, it is also true that the 16th Lok Sabha referred far fewer Bills to Committees. Only 25 per cent of the Bills in the 16th Lok Sabha were introduced to committees compared to 71 per cent and 60 per cent in the 15th and 14th Lok Sabha, respectively.
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.