Who’ll bell the cat?

The parliamentary committees are extremely significant as they are the ones that analyse the important bills and recommend few amendments if needed.

From 2004 to 2009, 60% of the bills in the fourteenth Lok Sabha and 71% of the bills in the fifteenth Lok Sabha were sent to the review of the Parliamentary Committee.

Whereas in the sixteenth Lok Sabha, it has been reduced to just 27% which is not a fair move.

This does not mean that the parliamentary conventions are neglected after Narendra Modi came to power.

When the opposition parties tried to bring a no-confidence motion against the government in 2008, the then Manmohan Singh government extended the monsoon session till Christmas and the winter session was not conducted.

That was a strategy used as two non-confidence motions cannot be brought in the same session. 

During the last financial year, Lok Sabha had 34 sittings and the Rajya Sabha had 33 sittings. This was the first time in the history of the Indian parliament where there were such a less number of sessions.

It is not acceptable to pass on the financial bills without proper debates and the supervision of the parliamentarians.

With today’s technological advancements, if it is possible to conduct online international conferences with global leaders, it is highly reprehensible that the bills are passed without debate and discussion. 

It is vividly known that the main reason for India’s decline in the global democratic index is the negligence of parliamentary democracy. Who’ll bell the cat?

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