On the 12th day of the Budget Session of 2020, the proceedings of the Lok Sabha started as per its scheduled time at 11:00 a.m. chaired by MP Professor Kirit Premjibhai Solanki as the speaker Om Birla maintained distance from the proceedings.
The issue of communal violence of Delhi continued to overshadow the functioning of the house which sunken the productivity to its lowest (4%) so far. However, amid continuous ruckus The Direct tax- Vivad se Vishwas Bill, 2020 was passed by the Lok Sabha.
Even today, the opposition was adhered and demanding a discussion over the Delhi violence. Replying to that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said- “We are ready for discussion in Lok Sabha on 11th of March and in Rajya Sabha on 12th of March” but the opposition kept on interrupting due to which house was suspended till 12:00. After session resumed at 12, it was immediately suspended till 02:00 p.m. 3 adjournments played a pivotal role in slimming the duration of the house.
THE NUMBERS SPEAK…
Earlier out of 415 written questions got selected for the Lok Sabha in which 14 members asked the questions on the sensitive issue of ”legal help provided to the victims of the acid attacks”. Maximum number of questions were asked to the Minister of Railways (109) followed by the Minister of Commerce and Industry(60) and Minister of Defense (54).
Out of 497 eligible Members of the Parliament who could ask questions, only 285 (57.34%) members participated. The participation rate of female Parliamentarians in Lok sabha was 54.7% as out of 73 only 40 female members asked questions while 245 male parliamentarians participated (57. 78%).
Total 46 Higher secondary graduates parliamentarians out of 61(75.41%) expressed keen interest in asking questions followed by the post graduates 78 out of 121 (64%) and under matric graduates- 21 out of 33 (63.64). The performance of the matric and professional graduates parliamentarians were not satisfactory with 45.83% and 46.67% respectively.
Amongst states with higher representation, Maharashtra’s members of the parliament showed the higher level of participation in asking questions. 38 out of 45 members from Maharashtra asked questions followed by the parliamentarians of Kerala- 15 (79%), Karnataka- 19 (76%), Tamilnadu- 29 (74%) and Andhra Pradesh 18 (72%), Rajasthan-15 (71%).
The participation of the members of the parliament in Lok Sabha from the Hindi heartland states i.e. Madhya Pradesh - 30.77%, Uttarakhand - 25%, Uttar Pradesh- 44.44% and Bihar- 40% was quite disappointing. Among the North- Eastern states of India, except Tripura and Assam all the other states did not participate at all.
Session resumed at 02:00 p.m. and this time it was chaired by the parliamentarian Meenakshi Lekhi. Today only the proposed papers were laid. Meanwhile, throughout the day session experienced an uproar and agitation and continuous slogans were chanted by the opposition leaders in the Lok Sabha. As disruption continued, the house was adjourned at 02:11 p.m. till 11:00 a.m. 05, March 2020.