The winter session of Parliament was almost an absolute washout. Both houses were supposed to discuss, debate and decide for 21 days, out of which 19 were drowned by total chaos. According to the stats given out by the Lok Sabha speaker in her concluding remarks, the house ran for a total of 19 hours 26 minutes. If we consider that the house runs from 11 am to 6 pm on a normal day (with an hour for lunch), the total number of functioning hours would come to 126. So Lok Sabha functioned only for 15.5 percent of its allotted time.

The last session turned out to be one of the least productive sessions in the past six years. Back in 2010, the Lok Sabha functioned only for 6 percent of its allotted time and Rajya Sabha for 2 percent. While in 2013, the percentage had a marginal spike of 15 percent and 25 percent respectively, questions still arose regarding the functioning of Parliament.

It’s time to ask the question: Is there a solution to make Parliament function amicably?

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