No longer business as usual for India’s parliament
The least productive parliament session in 25 years — this is not a milestone to be proud of in the world’s largest democracy.
Worse, next year’s budget session might bear the brunt of the present logjam, which is far from being resolved.
The deadlock raises questions beyond the usual debate about political ramifications. Are India’s MPs squandering public money, shelled out in the form of taxes, by stalling parliamentary proceedings?
Are they justified in holding parliament to ransom and using their positions as a political tool?
Close to 500 questions were admitted in the Lok Sabha but only five of them could be answered during the 23 sittings of the winter session.
Congress MPs decided to forego their daily allowances of 2,000 rupees for the winter session.
While this is purely voluntary, opposition MPs have no such obligation. Ironically, lawmakers’ wages were trebled in August after they pushed for a salary hike.
Should MPs’ salaries be cut for absenteeism or when they stall parliamentary proceedings? Share your views.