New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said in the Lok Sabha that opposition leaders should not focus on “non-serious issues” but should raise “issues related to important ones”.
The disruption and frequent adjournments of Parliament since the monsoon session began on July 19 meant that both the Houses worked only 18 hours out of the stipulated 107, causing a loss of over Rs 133 crore to taxpayers.
Government sources said the Lok Sabha has been allowed to work for about seven out of 53 hours in these nine working days. Rajya Sabha’s record is slightly better with 11 hours out of 53. This adds up to a waste of 18 hours and 89 hours of work time out of a possible 107 hours.
If the taxpayers’ money spent on convening the Parliament for this period is counted, it would mean a total loss of over Rs 133 crore.
Productivity dropped to 21% in Rajya Sabha in the second week. Four bills were passed in one-and-a-half hours, with only seven members participating in the debate.
Congress and TMC are increasing unauthorized phone tapping of leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Abhishek Banerjee as well as several journalists and civil society people through Pegasus spyware. The opposition is also demanding repeal of three agriculture laws.
While the government has tried to reach out to the opposition to end the impasse, the latter has stuck to its position that there should be a debate on Pegasus first, and Home Minister Amit Shah responds.
The efforts of Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi have had little effect. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh is now expected to hold discussions with various political parties.