With Parliament witnessing frequent disruption in its current monsoon session, a PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court pleading it to frame guidelines for smooth running of the House.
The petition, filed by an NGO — Foundation for Restoration of National Values — alleged that stalling Parliament proceedings results in loss of Rs 30,000 of public money every minute. It contended that in the last 19 years 2,163 hours of Lok Sabha had been wasted due to disruption in the House by its members.
“Successive Parliamentary sessions, including the present monsoon session, have been unreasonably stalled for days together by its own members, owing to which the functioning of Parliament and the conduct of legislative business is seriously affected, thus gravely affecting the national and public interest, and such disruptions which are inconsistent with democratic norms and constitutional principles,” the petition, filed through advocate Ravi Prakash Mehrotra, said.
“Over the years in successive parliamentary sessions, the primary responsibility of Parliament to function, debate and legislate, has been adversely and gravely affected, thus resulting in severe loss of parliamentary time and public money with each minute of running Parliament during sessions costing on an average Rs. 2.5 lacs, and each minute of stalling proceedings in Parliament imposing a needless burden of almost Rs 30,000 on the public exchequer,” it said.
The petition said disruptions during the term of the 15th Lok Sabha, resulted in the Lok Sabha working for 61% of its scheduled time.