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Parliament sessions becoming lesser every year
November 18, 2007 16:21 IST
Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has good reasons to be concerned about frequent disruptions in the House -- the total number of working days in Parliament has been gradually coming down over the years.
Even though Parliamentarians have reached a consensus to try and hold at least 100 sittings every year, the last time
Chatterjee had many times appealed to MPs not to disrupt the House as the bickering of lawmakers often led to
According to data available with the Lok Sabha secretariat, the number of Lok Sabha sittings was 109 in 1985.
Subsequently in 1997, there were only 65 sittings, which was further reduced to 51 in 1999.
There were only 53 sessions in 2004 as the House was adjourned sine die on February 5, 2004 and the 13th Lok Sabha was dissolved next day on February 6.
There were 85 sittings in 2005 and 77 sittings in 2006, and this year, till the completion of 11th session there were
"We may be the largest democracy in the world but the total number of working days of Parliament session has been
"It is deplorable as earlier it used to be six months of sittings in a year. Then a consensus was arrived for a minimum