Articles by PRS Team - May, 2013

Parliament can be effective only if individual MPs have a significant role as law makers, and if they can be held accountable for their actions by their electorate. In the last few years, we have seen the role of individual Members of Parliament diminish on account...
Enacting hasty new legislation in response to public events is not the answer The recent spot fixing controversy in the Indian Premier League has brought the issue of betting in sports back into the limelight. As a result, public debate around betting, and steps...
Parliamentarians need — and don't have — a fully functioning office and a staff of high-quality researchers to contribute effectively This paper's lead story yesterday highlighted how members of Parliament (MPs) from both houses have employed their relatives as...
संसद के मौजूदा बजट सत्र में जारी गतिरोध को देखते हुए इस धारणा को बल मिल रहा है कि एक संस्था के रूप में संसद की गरिमा घट रही है. पंद्रहवीं लोकसभा में महत्वपूर्ण विधायी कार्यों को निपटाने में जिस तरह की बाधा आई, उससे इस धारणा को और बल मिला है. साल 1950 में गठित लोकसभा...
As the Budget Session of Parliament nears its end, the House is expected to decide on at least two key pieces of legislation that propose major reforms in the areas of food security and the rights of the displaced; Sakshi Balani provides a quick round-up of the...
Some non-political changes could help resolve factors that lead to parliamentary disruption Parliament has yet again got into a non-functional mode. Is there a way out of this gridlock? More important, can we design systems that will help prevent such logjams?...