Parliament Passed 47 Per Cent Bills Without Any Debate in Last 10 Years

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New Delhi, December 11: While the delayed Winter Session of Parliament is being debated in political circles, records show that 47 per cent of Bills in the last 10 years were passed without any debate.

Parliament has also witnessed a reduction in its working hours as well. The House ran for between 128 and 132 days a year between 1952 and 1972 and in the last 10 years for just 64 to 67 days in a year on an average, according to parliamentary sources, the Times of India reported.

Records showed that out of the 47 per cent Bills that were passed in the last 10 years without any discussion, 61 per cent of them were passed in the last three hours of a session. Nearly 31 per cent of legislations were passed without any scrutiny or vetting by any Parliamentary standing or consultative committee.

The House has also witnessed a decline in standards of educational qualifications of lawmakers in the last 20 years. According to the records, the number of MPs with doctorate, post-doctorate and post-graduate degrees has declined by 62 per cent in the last 20 years.

In the last five years, salaries of MPs have increased four times.