Members of Parliament who rejected on Thursday the proposal for “no work, no pay” may be convinced they do an honest day’s job, but we believe otherwise. Abusive and in-disciplined behaviour, disruption of proceedings by rushing to the well of the House, absence from scheduled debates, all derail the process of lawmaking and show disrespect for the institutions of democracy. Surely, those who err so gravely can’t decide for themselves they won’t be penalized.
The Lok Sabha Speaker is reported to have revealed a waste of half the time the house functioned last week due to disruptions and forced adjournments—a loss of nearly Rs1.9 crore to the exchequer in one week! Add it over the year, indeed years, the cash cost will be steep enough for citizens to reject the MPs’ rejection of accountability. In fact, the loss is far more: an unacceptable opportunity loss for a nation that has to take its crucial decisions and move faster on its path of progress.