What we do
PRS tracks the functioning of the Indian Parliament and works with MPs from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha across political parties and MLAs from various states. PRS provides a comprehensive and credible resource base to access Parliament-specific data, background information on Parliamentary and governance processes and analysis of key legislative and policy issues.
Support for Legislators
The Indian Parliament has about 790 members from over 40 political parties. Each MP represents close to two million citizens. Parliament passes 60 Bills a year on average. However, MPs do not have trained and high quality research staff or structured institutional support to help them navigate the complexities of various legislations and assess their implications. Structured institutional support would help support preparation of MPs for debates in Parliament.
PRS aims to deepen and broaden the legislative process by providing MPs with the necessary data and analysis for debates in Parliament and for deliberations in committee meetings. This is done by synthesising feedback from a range of stakeholders to provide MPs with comprehensive information on an issue. The aim is to complement the knowledge base and expertise that already exists in the government, citizen’s groups, businesses, and other research institutions.
PRS publishes concise analysis of Bills introduced in Parliament, background research notes on issues of national importance, statistics, graphs and data analysis on Parliament activity and legislation. Besides this PRS holds interactive sessions for the exchange of ideas on key policy issues between MPs and an expert in the field during Parliamentary session. The PRS Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship is a platform for young Indians to have a high-impact engagement with the policy-making process at the national level by working with MPs.
Given that MLAs across states face similar constraints, PRS aims to strengthen the legislative process through research support, policy updates and workshops for MLAs to interact with policy experts and academics and exchange policy ideas and best practices. The Laws of India website is a searchable web based public database created by PRS of all laws passed by the legislatures of different state/UT in India.
PRS aims to increase public engagement in the legislative process and on issues of national importance. This is done by providing information on policy issues, legislative analysis and parliamentary processes in the public domain and through collaborative activities with citizens groups and the media.
The website is updated daily on Parliament’s activities and legislative news. Engagement with citizens is facilitated through the PRS Blog, Twitter and Facebook pages. Workshops are held for journalists on tracking the activities of MPs and MLAs. In addition, PRS provides inputs to the press and electronic media on the legislative agenda in Parliament, as well as data on legislative performance. Members of the PRS team are often approached to contribute columns to provide a perspective on various key Bills.