By Venus Kumar for ZeroHour News
The 15thLokSabha is on the home stretch towards finding its tenure and while speculation continues to mount weather it would even complete its full term, there can be no doubt that House constituted in 2009 has been one of the least productive in the history of the nation. Disruptions are the order of the day and a disjointed House quite the norm.
As many as 115 key pieces of legislation – relating to social and economic security of the nation languish before our MPs, while they continue to move over from one disruption to another. The fractured mandate and pulls of coalition means that even the smallest of parties throw their weight around and the most miniscule of issues can cause a major disruption.
Recently members of the Trinamool Congress took up the issue of their leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee being heckled in New Delhi by SFI activists. Surely the behavior of the activists was condemnable, but is it indeed an issue that requires disruption of the Parliament? The legislature as a integral and important part of the government trinity has its own responsibilities. Alas! If only our parliamentarians saw it the same.
Out of the 1,806 hours of business that could have been conducted a mere 2/3rd has been currently utilized by our legislators. So far the 15thLokSabha has just passed 92 bills in the four years of its term. That is less even 25 pieces of legislation each year.
The term of the 15thLokSabha has also coincided with tremendous upheaval in the economic domain worldwide, increasing prices and natural calamities. There are threats and pressures both inside and outside the nation. And yet, we remain toothless when it comes to legislative power. Farmers die, youth is disillusioned and children are hopeless, the Parliament carries a sacred duty to represent us and formulate regulations to change our lives for the better.
Parliament as a platform for protest is simply unacceptable? Certainly not for irrelevant and callous protests, that we have now got accustomed to!
While the nation suffers, the blame game is well and truly on. The government accuses the opposition while the latter does alike.
The food security bill, the land acquisition bill, the companies and the goods and services tax bill alongside a host of others continue to remain unaddressed due to lack of time and more importantly will of the political parties. The biggest flaw in any system is not when there are lapses, but when the lapses get institutionalized. Sadly, it appears that disruption of parliament and complete disregard for its business have now been institutionalized in our political psyche.
Parties can no longer take a bi-partisan approach. The government of the day is too arrogant and vindictive against the opposition and the latter just opposing for the sake of opposing. The general well-being of the nation and needs of the populace have long taken a backseat, what remains are senseless protests resulting in collateral damage to the health of the nation.
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