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