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HISTORIC: 17th Lok Sabha's Members Clock Highest Number Of Working Hours In Last 20 Years In First Session

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The Parliamentarians in the Lok Sabha have clocked the highest number of working hours. In the 17th Lok Sabha
  • The percentage of hours of members working in the scheduled hours has reached an unprecedented 135%

The Parliamentarians in the Lok Sabha have clocked the highest number of working hours in the first session itself. In the 17th Lok Sabha, under PM Modi's government, the percentage of hours of members working in the scheduled hours has reached an unprecedented 135%.

On Tuesday, marking a historic event, the Lok Sabha passed the resolution to revoke Article 370 with 351 yes votes and 72 no votes. The support to the Centre-backed resolution came from corners of the Opposition as well. Mayawati-led BSP, Arvind Kejriwal led AAP, Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP were among parties which supported the bill.

READ | Historic: Lok Sabha Passes Resolution Revoking Article 370 In J&K, Reorganisation Bill With Stunning Majority

Graph showing the working hours of Lok Sabha

It shows the working hours in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha since the last 20 years.

Lok Sabha passes over 30 bills in first session

The Centre has been busy in passing and tabling several laws since it came to power in May. As per reports, by August 1, with the first session coming almost coming to an end, the Lok Sabha had passed 30 bills. They include the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (second amendment) Bill, Dam Safety Bill, Chit funds Amendment Bill and SC Judges Bill. Reports also said that Lok Sabha had registered 128% hours between June 17 and July 16.

MPs work until late night, even midnight

On July 11, the Lok Sabha had sat till 11.58 pm to conclude a discussion on demands for grants for the Railway Ministry. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi claimed it was for the first time in nearly 18 years that the Lower House has sat for this long. 

Reports had said that lawmakers have been sitting for long hours to ensure discussion and passage of bills in a time-bound manner Joshi said on earlier to the media, “We want to pass all the Bills. I hope by the end of this session on August 7, a new history in the passage of Bills and total working hours will be created,” Joshi had said.

READ | Lok Sabha Sits Till Close To Midnight To Conclude Debate On Railways

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