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7 MPs have 100% attendance in 15th LS
New Delhi, AUG 1 (AGENCIES):
Published on 1 Aug. 2010 11:33 PM IST
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The parliamentarians, whom people select as their representatives in the highest Constitutional body with the hope that they would raise people’s voice, seem to have set a tradition of doing less work than expected by absenting or stalling the Houses’ proceeding on different issues.
A voluntary organisation Mass for Awareness has released a report on performance of the 15th Lok Sabha 2009-2010 titled ‘Representative at Work’.
The research work reflects a different face than the perception that our representatives do hard work to take people’s issues forward in the House and have deep concern for the problems of the citizens of the country.
“This has become a common perception that our representatives do less work than making noise in the Parliament,’’ said cartoonist Neeraj Gupta.
The report deals with major parts of the Lok Sabha such as attendance of the members, Question Hour and Debate.
According to the report, only seven out of 545 members of the Lower House of Parliament have 100 per cent attendance. Out of these, six belong to the Congress. Another 100 MPs have 90 per cent attendance.
Representatives from Manipur scored first position in attending maximum sessions, while members from Jharkhand were at the last in attending sessions of Parliament.
While members of the Kerala Congress(M) attended highest number of sessions, lowest was at the side of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha(JMM), the report said. The Question Hour in Parliament is a weapon by which any MP can get information about the development progress of their constituencies.
Normally people raise fingers on MPs for showing less interest in asking questions. But here is some satisfactory report that 27 members have asked more than 200 questions and 100 members have asked more than 100 questions.
The Shiv Sena, which always remains in the news for aggressive steps on several issues, was ahead of the other parties in asking questions. Party’s Anandrao Adsul asked maximum questions.
On the other hand, several political bigwigs did not ask a single question, the report added.
Any debate in Parliament decides the state and direction for the country. On this front, the reports said only 77 per cent members have average performance.
According to the report, only 14 per cent representatives could perform well in debating. Sailendra Kumar of the Samajwadi Party has been the best debater. 50 per cent members have not even participated in any debate.
It further said that 93 per cent members have not shown any interest in a powerful tool of Private Member’s Bill. Jai Prakash Agarwal of the Congress brought 11 bills and scored first position.
Members of the Revolutionary Socialist Party have been performed the best in bringing such Bills.
Whenever on a social or national issue the disagreements between the ruling party and the Opposition increase, the Speaker of the House is not left with any other option but to adjourn the proceedings.
Members from Maharashtra asked maximum questions, whereas MPs from Nagaland and Tripura did not ask a single question.

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