Parliament: Six Decades of Decline

India’s Parliament turns 60
Legislation

On 13 May 2012, India’s Parliament turns 60. The Government has drawn up a grand plan to commemorate the occasion. In a joint session of Parliament, MPs will sit and discuss the journey so far. Statistics provided by PRS Legislative Research, however, reveal a steady decline in Parliamentary functioning

The highest number of bills passed in a single year was 118 in 1976, during the Emergency. The lowest number of bills passed was 18 in 2004—the year UPA came to power.

Till 1974, the number of sittings of the Lok Sabha never dropped below the 100 mark in any single year. Since 1989, the figure has never crossed the 100 mark. Year 2004 was particularly bad, with the Lok Sabha meeting for just 48 sittings and Rajya Sabha for 46.

In 2001, the Railway Budget was passed after a discussion that lasted barely one hour, while in 1999, the Union Budget was passed after being discussed for just 11 hours