The real cost of disrupting Parliament
It is wrong to view the cost of parliamentary disruption only in monetary terms. The stakes are much bigger
The 16th Lok Sabha seems to be following the pattern of the previous one. The first four sessions of the last Parliament went relatively smoothly. The fifth session was entirely washed out by demands to set up a joint committee to investigate the 2G spectrum allocations, and later sessions saw sustained disruptions on several issues, including the allocation of coal fields and the creation of the new state of Telangana. Over the five years, about one-third of allocated time was lost to disruptions. In this Parliament, too, the first sessions were productive, with the budget session working 22% more than the originally scheduled time. However, the recently concluded session was a washout with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha losing over 50% and 90% of scheduled time, respectively. Lok Sabha passed three laws while Rajya Sabha did not pass any. One hopes that history does not repeat itself so soon, and that future sessions see productive discussions.